REVIEW: Bossypants by Tina Fey

Originally published 2015-04-29: Bossypants by Tina Fey TBR Pile Challenge Review 7

For the first time in what seems like years, I started reading a book and finished reading it on the same day.

Sure, part of the reason I finished it was that I had more time than usual to lie around, thanks to a recurrence of back pain that left me stranded for a while on a heating pad. But it was more than that. I genuinely enjoyed this book from the first page to the last.

cover of memoir, Bossypants by Tina Fey

My wife recommended Tina Fey’s Bossypants (along with 30 Rock and anything else Tina Fey has a part in), because she says that Tina reminds her of me. This is especially the case with Tina’s character Liz Lemon, as she believes she and I actually might be the same person. (And, after watching 30 Rock, I have to admit that I see some similarities.)


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 Rating

In Bossypants, Tina Fey covers a lot of ground. She talks about feminism, SNL, adolescence, bad jobs, disguised homophobia, weight, Amy Poehler, in-laws, parenthood, aging, and so much more.

As I read through this book, I did see a lot of myself — I guess my wife was right on that point. But more than that, through the filter of Someone Like Me, I was forced to challenge myself and my thinking past the little box in which I keep locked my Sacred Ideals.

Tina Fey taught me some things about myself while she was talking about herself. I saw life through the eyes of a kindred spirit who had it a little better than I did growing up, but still came out with a lot of the same core values. She made me laugh — a lot. Never let anyone tell you that she isn’t funny, because they’re incredibly wrong on that.

I give Bossypants by Tina Fey a resounding five of five stars. I loved it, and I highly recommend it.

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