Saturday, June 4, 2011

Bossypants by Tina Fey~★★★★

Author: Tina Fey
Title: Bossypants
Release Date: April 5th, 2011
Publisher: Hachette Audio, unabridged edition; read by Tina Fey
Genre: Non-Fiction

Audio Book Cover: "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 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."

Taryn's Review:  I will tell you in advance that I love Tina Fey. I fell in love with her after seeing an episode of 30 Rock. I was always aware of her, but I didn't realize how awesome she was until that show. Funnily enough, the episode that Fey talked about in-depth on the CD titled "Black Tie" was the first episode I saw. She talked about how they all thought the absurdity of the episode would surely turn away potential viewers and/or get them canceled. It was the episode that hooked me as a 30 Rock lover!

The book felt like a memoir at first. Fey reminisced about her childhood, her high school theater club, and college. It was fun, but I kept wanting more details. I wasn't sure why she didn't explain these things better and as the book progressed, it read more like a commentary about Fey's career. I must stress that while I enjoyed both sections, they felt a funny together, thus my 4 star rating. For example, Fey stressed that as a young adult, she loved really white boys and wrote about a couple of boys she fell for. However, she suddenly was married in the book with no mention of how her and her husband Jeff met, dated, or anything. She discussed their honeymoon, but I wanted to know about how Jeff and Tina fell in love (aww).

I know Fey can be a private person and perhaps that was why she chose to only share select memories. I did enjoy her discussion about her time at SNL and 30 Rock. You can definitely see parallels between her real life stories and what has been incorporated into the shows. Fey read the story herself, which was fun. She's quirky and that showed in her voice, which for me, made it all the better to listen to.

Pick up the book if you enjoy Tina Fey or a laugh. She's talented, no doubt. She commented a lot on society, life, and pop culture. It's not necessarily a book you can read or listen to in 50 years and know what she talked about, but for now, it provided giggles and grins. And in closing, I urge you to look up Jersey Floor episode 2 and watch Fey..."I wanna make babies with you!" That's the Fey I love!

1 comment:

  1. Though this book is honest, it often reads like one joke after another. The reader may still feel distanced from the real Tina Fey after reading Bossypants, but I think the opposite is true. The constant humor, the one-liners, the self-deprecation is who she really is, which makes her writing and comedy work.