Audio Review: Bossypants by Tina Fey

Author: Tina Fey
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books
Age Group: Adult
Source: Library
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 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.

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

My Thoughts

I love Tina Fey.  Well, who doesn’t really?  So I knew that I wanted to read Bossypants when it was released.  I even borrowed the book a couple times from the library, but I just never got around to it.  But a little bit ago I saw a review of the audiobook on another book blog, and thought that’s a good way to read this book.  I got the audiobook on Wednesday night, and finished it Monday morning.  You guys, it was awesome!  Having Tina Fey narrate her book was perfect!

It was awesome learning a lot about Tina Fey’s life.  Of course, being written by Tina Fey makes it even more hilarious.  She certainly makes jokes about people she’s knows, but she also makes fun of her self.  And she is never really mean-spirited, which is definitely something I appreciate.

All through her story, I really got to learn a lot about comedy, particularly women in comedy – or lack there of.  It was fascinating learning about her experiences writing for SNL, and also as her stint playing Sarah Palin.

One of my favorite scenes was definitely Tina Fey’s honeymoon (seriously, I’m never EVER going on a cruise!).  Terrifying, but Fey manages to tell the story in such a funny way.  I also liked what Tina Fey had to say about beauty and weight.  She says that being really thin comes with lots of advantages, and everyone should try it once.  She also says being a little overweight also have lots of advantages, and that everyone should try it once.  Oh and I liked where Tina Fey gave mothering advice.   Of course, she says it in a much funnier and enjoyable way that I just did.

The only complain I had is just that this book is completely chronological.  For the most part, Bossypants is chronological, but a few pieces weren’t.  It’s not really a bad thing, and the book still flows really well.  It’s just a personal preference on my part.  But this is such a small complaint on my end.  Basically, I loved this book!

Okay, so this is probably the worst review ever.  All I can say is that this book is hilarious, and also enlightening.  If you like Tina Fey, definitely read it.  If you like biographies, give this one a try.  And I can’t recommend the audiobook enough!

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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4 Responses to Audio Review: Bossypants by Tina Fey

  1. Candice says:

    OMGBOSSYPANTSILOVEYOUSOMUCH!!!! Seriously, this book is one of my favorites. Mostly because Tina is one of my favorites. I will say that her narrating it made the book even more better because there were so many parts of the book that just needed Tina’s voice!

    And no… this is not the worst review ever! I think if I reviewed it I’d probably be flailing around about how awesome it is! 🙂

  2. I love the title of this book alone! Sounds fun, I need to check it out!

  3. Lauren says:

    I loved this audiobook! It made a car trip fly by. I totally love that line about trying too thin and overweight at least once. I took that advice before I even knew I would get it! 🙂

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