Book Review: Bossypants


Synopsis from Amazon:

Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update,” before “Sarah Palin,” Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon — from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.

Although this took me long to finish (mostly because I forgot I had it) this was great. I listened to the audio version because I’m now in this phase of letting female comedians inspire me. Seriously though, Tina Fey was great. Listening to her autobiography made me cry with laughter, nod in agreement, and shake my head at her sass.

Starting with her life in her hometown and her participation in a drama troupe filled with a lot of gays all the way to her success with 30 Rock, Fey documents her struggles with boys, her weight, body image, and being a female writer in a male dominated field.

What made this audio book so great was Fey’s bold honesty. She would talk about bodily fluids in a way that made me cringe and talk about her marriage, daughter, and thoughts about having more kids in a way that made me feel like we were friends. She discussed the world’s infatuation with butts and her confusion about the new obsession. She also debunked any glamorous ideas I had about magazine photoshoots (although Mindy Kaling kind of already did that for me but still).

Overall, I highly recommend this book, specifically the Audible version. It was great listening to Tina while I worked out at the gym (it made it go by faster) and whenever I was doing mundane things. I would hire Tina to be my life coach if she didn’t, you know, already have a job and such. Anyway, definitely a good book to pick up if you’re looking for a new read.

Favorite Line: 

If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?

Stars: 5 out of 5. Definitely a must read.

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Currently Binge Watching: 30 Rock

Tina Fey is most definitely one of the funniest if not THE funniest woman in Hollywood. I loved her on Saturday Night Live (SNL) and I finally now have the chance to watch the acclaimed 30 Rock series (thanks to Netflix) even though it has now since ended.

First, Fey’s screenwriting is fantastic. Nothing proves this more than the fact that she wrote the screenplay for Mean Girls, a classic.


Fey created this awesome comedy sitcom that shows the hilarity of working on a variety show similar to SNL. Fey acts as Liz Lemon the main writer for The Girlie Show who struggles with social norms and would rather stay home watching TV and eating food then going out to the club (I can relate).

I’m not sure how much of Liz Lemon stems from Fey’s own personality but Lemon is a very relatable character. Along with Lemon and her team of writers are Lemon’s new boos, Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin), her friend and actor who I like to call crazy Jenna (Jane Krakowski), the famed movie star who joins The Girlie Show cast, Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan), and my new favorite NBC Page (I didn’t even know NBC had pages), Kenneth (Jack McBrayer).

This cast brings a lot of hilarity and funny situation that kept laughing way late into the night as I stayed up to complete the first season last night. This is definitely a show that everyone can get into and most certainly should. I give it five out of five stars.

How Long It’ll Take Me To Catch Up: Probably a week. I’m obsessed.

Do I Need to Start From the Beginning: You should. Its funny right from the start.

Stars: 5 out of 5