17.6.11

Book Club Friday: Bossypants

It's FRIDAY! YAY!


It's not raining! YAY!!!


Time for BOOK CLUB! YAY!


So first, off, I was planning on reviewing Sweet Valley Confidential, as I started it last week, but I had to put it down. It's not often that I stop reading something I've started (like, I can't even REMEMBER the last time I quit a book) but after about fifty pages, I just couldn't TAKE IT ANYMORE.

What was the problem, you ask?

The font choice! When one of your MAIN CHARACTERS name begins with a "J" then WHY would you choose a font that makes a "J" look like a misplaced "L"? It was SO distracting that I couldn't continue. I didn't know I was a high-maintenance reader until this book.


So onto the ACTUAL review for this week...


Bossypants by Tina Fey

From the Inside Flap: 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 of 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 Breast-Feeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!)


My Take: This book almost killed me. For reals. I wasn't feeling awesome and laughed so hard at one part that I actually started choking. Despite the attempted murder, I couldn't put it down until it was done. 

Then I was sad because it was over.

Not only is Ms. Fey a hilarious comedian, she's also a very talented writer. I flew through the pages not only to read about her life, but also for how she'd describe the events. She's the undisputed Queen of chapter-ending sentences. 

Bossypants could totally be a beach read, but maybe not a public-transit kinda book as I guarantee there'll be at least one part that has you laughing out loud. There are stories from her childhood, her days of doing improv, SNL and 30 Rock. A few photos too, and instead of being all together in the middle, they're inserted into the text (my personal preference, so yay). I definitely wouldn't call this a memoir, so if you're looking for "deep confessions" from a celebrity...well...there aren't any. 


I'll share ONE spoiler; the one that nearly ended my life.

"Always on the cutting edge of beauty, I believe this haircut was executed by folding my face in half and cutting out a heart." - Page 108, below a picture of the described cut.




Not enough reasons to pick up a copy? Then read some of the Praise, found on the back of the book

"You'd be really pretty if you lost weight" - COLLEGE BOYFRIEND, 1990

"I hope that's not really the cover. That's really going to hurt sales" - DON FEY, FATHER OF TINA FEY

"Hilarious and insightful. Laugh-out-loud funny--oh no, a full moon. No! Arrgh! Get away from me! Save yourself!" - A GUY TURNING INTO A WEREWOLF

4 comments:

Heather said...

Oh. My. Gosh. I NEED to read Bossypants!! I am going to download it on my Kindle...as soon as I get the Kindle!

And as for SVC...I loved Sweet Valley growing up but I really didn't like SVC. It breaks my heart to say it too!

Thanks for linking up! I really enjoyed your post.

Mei said...

I just finished Bossypants on audiobook. I'm an avid reader, but since Tina Fey read the audiobook it felt like she was sitting with me and telling me funny stories. AKA awesome!

jennie said...

Heather - You totally need to download it!

Mei - I don't even know what to say about that. If I'd known about the audiobook, I probably would have bought it. You must have been in tears at points!

Sarah E. said...

I got this in April and I still haven't read it. I seriously need to get on that!! LOL