Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Review of Bossypants by Tina Fey

Title: Bossypants
Author: Tina Fey
Published by: Reagan Arthur / Back Bay Books
Pages:  275
Source: Borrowed from a friend
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4 stars

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

Hilarious, fun and an all around great book; Bossypants will keep you entertained from the first page to the last.

I must admit I'm not a huge Saturday Night Live or 30 Rock fan, but I do like Tina Fey.  She is seriously funny and not in a weird bathroom humor way, but in a sarcastic also has a good line way.  Bossypants explores her life and how she got where she is today.  My favorite part of the book had to be her childhood.  She went through some awkward stages and had a couple of summers at a drama camp that opened her to new people, life experiences and realizations about herself. 

One of the best things about this book is that it's real.  She doesn't filter herself and isn't concerned with what people will think about her.  She covers thoughts and feelings in her book that most people would stray from and she's honest about her faults and strengths.  It's nice to see a celebrity as they truly are and not how advertising perceives them to be. 

Because of Tina Fey's unique humor there were a couple times in the book where I was unsure if what she was telling us was true or just her humor.  Not big things in general, those I all believed to be true, but little lines here and there that I'm uncertain about. 

Bossypants is a very entertaining read filled with not only laugh-out-loud moments but also the startlingly truth that comes from when one examines who they really are and the experiences that lead them there.      


  1. Like you, I like Tina, but I'm not a fan of SNL or 30 rock. I'm enjoying this one on audio now and I'm having so much fun with it, although she does read a bit fast for my taste.
    I think my favorite parts are when she describes her father. So funny!
    Great review!

  2. I don't much about Tina Fey because I didn't watch SNL or 30 rock but I've been hearing great things about this book.

  3. I don't know why this one keeps falling off my radar but I really do want to read it. I could use a good laugh right about now.

  4. I really want to read this book one day. Hopefully my library has a copy of it. It just sounds funny. I love 30 Rock. The characters are hilarious, especially Jenna. ;)

    Great review!

  5. I would love to read this book. It just sounds really great. And I'm a fan of 30 Rock, especially Jenna. She's a funny character. :)

    Great review.

  6. I wholly enjoyed this and, even though I was listening to it in a horrid heatwave, always lengthened my walks by a good bit, just to sneak it a little more. (And, yes, those asides are such fun!)


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