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.