Saturday, April 16, 2011

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Author: Tina Fey
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Published: April 5th, 2011
Hardcover: 275

My Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis (from 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 onSaturday 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.

(Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!)

My Thoughts: When I first heard about Tina Fey's book (I even blogged about it!), I was very excited. I have always thought as Tina Fey as one of those women who is still down to earth, even though she is a major celebrity. She never takes herself too seriously, so I knew that this book would be something that I would have to read! Let me say this:  Bossypants will have you laughing outloud, sometimes holding your sides from laughing too hard, and you will learn something along the way. Whether it's soemthing about Fey as a person or about the entertainment industry or mothering, there is something here for everyone.

Each chapter is an essay, each with a funny title. Fey takes us back to what it was like growing up in Philadelphia, having a strong father figure, and her first boyfriend at a theater summer camp. She continues to her college years, her first couple of jobs, her stint with Second City (an improv troupe), and her interview for a writer on SNL. Fey never bogs you down with boring details; instead, she takes her experiences and delivers them in a sarcastic way that makes you laugh and look back on your own life experiences. To illustrate her points, Fey even includes some childhood photos ... highlighting fashion choices and bad haircuts.

Unless you are easily offended (I would rate this book a PG-13 if it were a movie), I don't think there is a person out there who wouldn't love this book. I read it in one day and wish that there was more to it! With summer right around the corner, this would make a great read for the beach, the pool, the backyard ... where ever you might find yourself this summer!


  1. I know that I would like this book and I'll be on the lookout. My library has it, but when I placed it on hold, I was #132. Think I may see about getting it another way. LOL

  2. Tina Fey is an amazing comedic actress. I just loved her in Date Night with Steve Carrell. Great review!

  3. I love Tina Fey! Can't wait to read this one!! Thanks for the review:)

    Kristin@ My Bookish Ways