Bossypants Review

April 4, 2012 Reviews 7 ★★★★★

Bossypants ReviewBossypants by Tina Fey
Published by Reagan Arthur Books on April 5, 2011
Genres: Adult, Humor, Non Fiction
Pages: 277
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
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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.

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

What I thought…

  • I’ve always loved Tina Fey.  She just has the special talent to make anything funny.  Her Saturday Night Live sketches were some of the funniest the show ever had.  30 Rock is awesome too.
  • I listened to the audiobook, and while I’m sure the book is still funny if you read it, Tina Fey narrates it herself and puts feeling into her words that you can’t get while reading.  This might be the only book I would ever chose as an audio book over a regular book.
  • I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard.  There were a couple times I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes.
  • “I was ten. I had noticed something was weird earlier in the day, but I knew from commercials that one’s menstrual period was a blue liquid that you poured like laundry detergent onto maxi pads to test their absorbency. This wasn’t blue, so…I ignored it for a few hours.” – Tina Fey
  • Despite the books humorous nature she does offer some good advice (wrapped up in humor of course).
    1. “In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.” – Tina Fey
    2. “THERE ARE NO MISTAKES, only opportunities.”– Tina Fey
  • Bossypants covers Tina Fey life from childhood to the time she wrote her book.  She highlights her struggles and her triumphs.

Overall I highly recommend Bossypants (specifically the audiobook).  I don’t think you’ll regret it!


7 Responses to “Bossypants Review”

  1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    Oh, it would really be cool to hear Tina Fey narrate the audiobook! I’m (kind of) in another book club with my club for moms, and they read this book and had nothing but great things to say about it. I say I’m kind of in that book club because I’ve only read a couple books for it, since I have the other book club with Courtney plus I’m constantly reading other books. But I really wish I had read this one, too. I’ll have to pick it up someday. (Note to self: put on Goodreads TBR list.)

    Great review! I love the quotes, and the fact that you put it in a list. I love lists (and parentheses if you couldn’t tell)! That quote about getting her period is hilarious!

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      I almost died laughing when she talked about her period. The rest of the book was funny as well.

      I’m glad you like the list! I love making lists, and since I struggle putting my thoughts about a book into paragraphs I decided to try the list thing. So far it’s working!

  2. Paydirt

    I LOVED Bossypants, too — a friend lent it to me and I read it in just 2 days! In fact, I posted today on the “when did you become a woman” section. It really spoke to me.