I am not into SNL nor 30 Rock at present, so I have not been a part of the Tina Fey cult. I found this book to be amusing but not THAT funny nor terribly original (except for the part about peeing in cups). It's in the genre of Carrie Fisher, Sarah Silverman, and other SNL graduates. If you're comfy with that kind of content and tone, you'll get a ton of laughs out of this, but it took me at least an hour to even smile once. Perhaps I am too jaded by comedic as well as serious memoirs about life growing up in the 70's and 80's. It seems these people had a lot of the same issues and I am used to listening to the same stuff just dressed differently in different story lines and circumstances.
Although I did like the way her voice receded when dealing with difficult or embarrassing situations, Fey has very little grasp of timing and delivers her material as though she's in some sort of speed reading marathon and being judged by a stop watch. I just kept wanting to say, like the classic policeman giving a traffic ticket, "where's the fire?" I've listened to a radio interview with her and it's all the same - talking at lightning speed.
But it's a good five-hour laugh.
Not at all original or funny; I quit listening when it was clear she was going to inflict a confessional on us about The Day I Got My Period. REALLY, girls/ladies/women...we can't be more original than that??? We're past the 19th century, and we do have the vote!
Book is very funny, and the PDF that goes with the audiobook is great. However, the audio production is really bad. There is so much echo, I feel like Tina Fey is sitting in a middle of a plaza doing her recording into a dictaphone...!
I like Tina Fey very much and after reading the reviews here, was let down with this book. It is worth a chuckle now and then, but absolutely not hilarious (I think 30 Rock is hilarious). I would have liked a lot more on how Saturday Night Live worked behind the scenes and not as much on the Sarah Palin thing (one little thing that played THE major part in this book).
It is not really an autobiography, either. Tina tells about some aspects of her life and skips volumes. I was a little puzzled she talked so much about her father and nearly nothing about her mother.
Still, I think it was worth burning a credit on.
When it comes to books written by comedians and funny people, I've read every one I could get my hands on, including Steve Martin, Jon Stewart, etc. -- and this is the BEST. Better than funny: smart and honest (even when she lies). I'm going to listen to it again.
But where is that pdf???? Is that a joke?
Clever, relatable, comical
"No one ever told me that period blood was NOT blue!" I was cracking up.
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This book made me laugh out loud and on more than one occasion. When she was comparing between her natural photo vs. the photoshop version and asks to compare those two in the PDF, I was in for a hysterical laugh. Not to mention passing sentences like:
- "Do I think Photoshop is being used excessively? Yes. I saw Madonna's Louis Vutton ad and honestly, at first glance, I thought it was Gwen Stefani's baby."
- "I guess I should also state that Karen and Sharon never hit on me in the slightest and it was never weird between any of us. Gay people don't actually try to convert people. That's Jehovah's Witnesses you're thinking of. ... If you could turn gay from being around gay people, wouldn't Kathy Griffin be Rosie O'Donnell by now?"
She delivers her one-liners, punch-lines, wisecracks...whatever you want to call them in a matter-of-fact-in-your-face boom-ba-da-bam style and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but the fact that she has the courage to try is always admirable. In this book, Tina Fey reminded me of Nora Ephron. Both of them represent an idea of New York that ravishing as it may be, is also very horrid and no place for the fragile. But both of them seem to master the art of taking things seriously enough but not so serious to not joke about. They manage to master the skill of self-deprecation without losing their sense of value.
This book draws near to self-help/self-acceptance books in the sense that it may aim to help women improve themselves professionally and physically (and offer tips on how to take care of oneself). It has mixed messages, however, because while Tina Fey may want to show that it shouldn't matter what others think,“If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?” and "Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss. Or they won’t. Who cares? Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.” While she says those things, Tina Fey herself seems to waste energy in answering to what so-and-so were caught saying about her in here-or-there as if she is still looking for acceptance. Some of the ways in which she answers "haters" is by boasting her success and reminding others that they are no better in a: "HOW dare YOU mock me. Who are YOU to put me down for I am better than YOU will ever be!" kind of way. The definition of “better” is what frustrated me, because once again, this is a book that declares what the American standards of success are: having to be driven, ambitious, competitive, go-get-‘em-tiger. "Don’t be fooled," Tina warns young women, "You’re not in competition with other women. You’re in competition with everyone.”
Despite the insecurities feigning as over-confident apologies, the kick-ass attitude that Tina Fey has is still admirable for a woman who has discerned the overload of bullsh*t in the business. I liked how she says that she’s always been able to tell a lot about people by whether they asked her about her scar. “Most people never ask, but if it comes up naturally somehow and I offer up the story, they are quite interested. Some people are just dumb: "Did a cat scratch you?" God bless. Those sweet dumdums I never mind. Sometimes it is a fun sociology litmus test, like when my friend Ricky asked me, "Did they ever catch the black guy that did that to you?" Hmmm. It was not a black guy, Ricky, and I never said it was. Then there's another sort of person who thinks it makes them seem brave or sensitive or wonderfully direct to ask me about it right away. They ask with quiet, feigned empathy, "How did you get your scar?" The grossest move is when they say they're only curious because "it's so beautiful." Ugh. Disgusting. They might as well walk up and say, "May I be amazing at you?" To these folks let me be clear. I'm not interested in acting out a TV movie with you where you befriend a girl with a scar. An Oscar-y Spielberg movie where I play a mean German with a scar? Yes. My whole life, people who ask about my scar within one week of knowing me have invariably turned out to be egomaniacs of average intelligence or less. And egomaniacs of average intelligence or less often end up in the field of TV journalism. So, you see, if I tell the whole story here, then I will be asked about it over and over by the hosts of Access Movietown and Entertainment Forever for the rest of my short-lived career.”
It has been fun to get to hear her first-account experiences at 30 Rock and SNL and get a glimpse of the individuals she admires, such as her dad, Amy Poehler, Alec Baldwin and Lorne Michaels. It is clear that Fey has experienced exhaustion, which is evident not only because she declares it, but also because we can actually visualize how tiring her life-style must be: Running between the office, staying up in the wee hours of the morning working on scripts, having to deal with colleagues and make the right decisions, TV ratings, expectations, body image, and all the family-related matters that make her feel like she's the "worst". She admits that she doesn't drive and has narcoleptic tendencies that are a result of her exhaustion, and as a mother she has the added anxieties and feelings of guilt due to her working late hours and not breastfeeding, among other things. In short, she represents the anxious state of mind that only a successful woman with a conscious would have. Her answer to this seems to be that if you are already that hard on yourself, other people’s opinions should not make your life even harder. “By the way, when Oprah Winfrey is suggesting you may have overextended yourself, you need to examine your f*cking life.”
Tina Fey is a performer. She knows the power of her own voice and makes the perfect intonations to grab attention and get heard. She picks her words with care and is a comedian-with-a-conscious. She's not out there to hurt anyone with her humorous skill, but uses humor to express the hurtful messages a woman in show business like herself would have to endure. There is no question that she has vivid imagination, and that she is not shy to express herself.
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It’s always hard and awkward to rate a book which EVEROYNE likes except YOU! To make it less painful I’ll go straight to the point. I bought this book because for me there’s always something to learn from other people’s life experience. And while I am not a huge fan of Tina Fey, I enjoyed her as Sarah Palin on SNL and occasionally watch 30 Rock. So after reading reviews about Bossypants, and being without anything to read at that moment, I decided to jump in and go for it! Well I can tell you it’s has been a waste of time.
I really wanted to love this book; I like Tina Fey (and still do) but this was a lot of nothing about nothing. Her life is rather unremarkable and I found myself wondering why she decided to write about it. Well, although I did not like it I managed to read it all the way through! Not awful just not really good either.
I would say the book is cute and “maybe” entertaining. Definitely not a must read. Nevertheless I applaud her for her attitude and honesty.
I bought this because the reviews were good, but unfortunately the book wasn't. I guess it is a for Tina Fey fans. I found her very arrogant.
I couldn't stand to hear it, or finish it! It is the worst book ever. It is a waste of a credit! I wish I could get my credit back. That is how bad this book is.