Book Club Review: Bossypants by Tina Fey

Posted February 4, 2015 by shooting in Uncategorized / 30 Comments

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Review by Lauren

Source: personal copy; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: 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

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.

Review: When I was younger, I used to be part of an online book club that I just adored. As time went on, we got older and didn’t have as much time to do it, so then I was left without a book club for awhile. Late last year, I finally decided to create my own book club since I knew a lot of my friends liked to read. I got a great response via facebook and last month was our first meeting, and you guessed it, Bossypants was the first book. We all suggest books and then vote and this ended up being the winner, since we were trying to find something a bit light and fun to start off with.


I’m a fan of Tina Fey’s already, and I had this book on my shelf for awhile, so I was really excited that I was finally getting a chance to dive in. I learned a lot about her early life and even her professional career. I was never someone who watched 30 Rock, so the chapter concerning that wasn’t as interesting as it might be for an actual fan, but I still felt like all the stories were intriguing on some level. My sister noted that she didn’t really care about the chapter on whether to have another child or not, seeing as how my sister isn’t a mom and it just doesn’t pertain to her life. For us, it’s almost like “have a kid if you want one!” though I could understand not being sure about time, etc. since Fey is quite busy with her career.

Only a couple other girls were able to make it to the first meeting, and they had not finished the book yet. Both of them seemed to enjoy it overall though. A couple other ladies wrote on facebook that it was a quick, amusing read, even though they could not come discuss the book in person. Overall, I think this was a nice book to start with. Tina Fey is quite humorous and it was great to learn more about her, but I would recommend this book more for people that are a fan of hers on some level. If you don’t know any of her work, you might only care about the personal stories and not the professional.

30 responses to “Book Club Review: Bossypants by Tina Fey

  1. I can just imagine how much fun this was. Glad you are having a fun time reading it! I am so jealous of your book club. It would be so much fun to have one around here!

  2. I read this when it came out and thought it was funny. Awesome you created a book club. I hope you have a great turn out next time. I will consider joining down the line, but right now I am focusing on reading more of what I want to read.

  3. I have been wanting to read this book for a while now… though I don't do well with biographies so I don't know how much I would like it. How fun that you got to start up a bookclub. I have always wanted to I just don't have anyone who would join in my little group. Such a bummer!

  4. Funny, I just read a review of her SNL partner's book on another blog! I've watched 30 Rock and Tina is smart and at the same time, the kind of girl you'd want to hang out with.

  5. I'm glad that you were able to join another book club! This book does definitely sound like a fun read, I'm not a huge fan of Tina's but can see the appeal of this book. Great review! 🙂

  6. My book club read this too, when it first came out! I listened to the audiobook and loved it (which was nice, because I listened to most of it on a trip to the beach and got stuck in traffic before the bridge and normally that would have made me crazy, but traffic isn't so daunting when you're listening to a good book!).

    Congrats on starting a book club! Sometimes it takes time to really build it into a strong group, but it's so worth it. I started my book club on Meet Up in 2010, and it took about 3 years before we had a solid group, and we're still going strong. We took it off Meet Up, because now we just meet in one another's houses.

  7. Such a good idea! I've always wanted to be a part of a book club, but my friends and family don't really read that much, so it would've been a waste of time. It's why I decided on blogging, since I wanted to talk and meet people who do. I don't really know much about Tina Fey, only 30 Rock, so it would be fun for me, in a way that's why I like reading autobiographies (though I do read many of them. Glad the first book clu

  8. I'm a fan of Tina Fey, I thought she was hilarious on Saturday Night Live. I didn't watch 30 Rock, though, but I'm sure her book was probably funny, in spite of some parts not being very interesting. Wonderful review, Lauren! 🙂

  9. DMS

    I read this one! I agree that if you are a fan of Tina Fey is makes it even better. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it and awesome about your book club!

  10. Omg yes I love Tina Fey! I've been wanting to read this book of hers for a while now–especially since Yes Please came out hah. Also, yay for a new book club 😀

  11. I knew I knew the name Tina Fey, just couldn't think where from until I saw the photo.

    A great way to read books you might not have otherwise done so, I love being part of a reader's group and look forward to hearing more about yours.

  12. I've also been wanting to read this one, I too am a fan of Tina Fey's. Sounds like it was a pretty good read, even though some parts weren't entirely relevant to some experiences.

  13. Love her 🙂 And congrats on taking the initiative and starting your own book club! I agree that some of the stuff didn't really pertain to me and so I found it hard to relate with some things… but it was all around a very entertaining book. PS. you MUST watch 30 Rock!! SUCH a fantastically brilliant show!

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