Bossypants by Tina Fey
Published by Reagan Arthur Books/ Little, Brown & Company
Publish Date: April 5, 2011
Source: Print – Library, Audio – Library
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. –(summary excerpt from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time. My first attempt to read the print version was a failure. I just couldn’t get into it. BUMMER, DUDE. Since I’m always awesome (y’all can laugh at that), I decided not to give up on Tina Fey. Here is that story.
I allowed myself to break one of my own quirky rules.
I checked out the Bossypants audiobook from the library and the print copy of Bossypants and read/listened simultaneously.
“But Asheley! Isn’t that what you always do for audiobooks?” YES IT IS, and thank you for noticing! But the oddball thing about this is that since I didn’t make it through the print version on the first go, I listened to the audiobook for my first reading. WHAT?! I know. Settle down, friends.
This is only the second time in the history of my world EVER that I’ve done this. It felt a little weird and clunky for me, but it was completely and totally the right decision. Why? Because I actually made it through the book this time, and quite easily. That was my goal, after all. So YAY for me!
Tina Fey has A LOT of really big fans.
On the scale of really big Tina Fey fans…well, I’m not really on that scale…
She really is insanely funny on SNL. I just can’t dig the 30 Rock sitcom. Sorry to all you superfans out there.
I loved the heck out of this audiobook, even on the first read.
Tina Fey is a funny person already, but when she is narrating her own words – well, she doesn’t have to interpret the story of someone else, which is basically what an audiobook narrator does every time they read. She knows where her own jokes are, where to put the emphasis in her lines, where to pause, where to get a little loud, where to do voice impressions, etc. She basically narrated her own book perfectly. In fact, I think she would do well to read other audiobooks (as if she isn’t busy enough with all she has going on already).
I found myself laughing out loud as I did things around my house or drove around in my car or shopped at Target. I didn’t even mind that one time when someone stopped me at Target (with my earbuds in – RUDE!) to ask me what I was listening to that was so funny – I had the opportunity to tell them about this book and the audiobook (and seriously, I don’t think this lady had ever heard of an audiobook before, which is a story for another time, folks).
The slowest parts of the book to me are the parts in the beginning – the parts of her childhood and schooltime and college. (Obviously, since I couldn’t get through them in print…) However, listening to her read them to me made them go a little quicker and I still found them humorous. In all honesty, the book kicked up for me when Tina began talking about her job with Saturday Night Live and the transition over to 30 Rock. I loved these parts because I am ridiculously fascinated with every aspect of SNL and I loved hearing of all of the actors/musicians/politicians she worked with over her years there. I loved hearing of her interaction with Lorne Michaels, Executive Producer of SNL. I loved hearing her tell of her moments – both awkward and momentous – of starting up 30 Rock, even though I do not particularly love that TV show. She made every part funny and exciting for me to hear/read.
There are other things about the book that I love. These are sprinkled throughout, perfectly placed. Tina includes her thoughts on the use of photoshop in media (laughed out loud), beauty rituals of women (laughed out loud), working mothers vs. stay at home mothers (laughed out loud and read twice), and breastfeeding vs. formula-feeding babies (laughed out loud). There are a bazillion more hilarious parts, but this blog post would be too long if I listed them all.
THE BEST PART BY FAR to me was hearing Tina Fey talk about the time she spent impersonating Sarah Palin on SNL. I loved hearing about her excitement about it and her nervousness while doing it. (Apparently famous people get nervous too? Who would’ve thought?) The audiobook included the sound recording of the first Tina-as-Sarah-Palin sketch; I remember watching that on TV and laughing so hard because Tina did such a great impression of Palin. This time, hearing the audiobook, I laughed out loud all over again. The print copy of the book included the script of this same sketch with Tina’s notes scribbled in the margins, the deleted lines marked through, and added lines written in. (Reading and listening meant that I was privy to BOTH of these gems. My SNL-loving heart geeked out so hard.)
Bossypants by Tina Fey audio is also read by Tina Fey and is published by Hachette Audio. It is 5 hours, 35 minutes, Unabridged. If you haven’t figured it out by now, the narration is top-notch and hilarious. NO OTHER PERSON could’ve done a better job at reading this particular book than its own author, and I would not hesitate to listen to another audiobook read by Tina Fey in the future.
I recommend Bossypants to people who enjoy non-fiction/biographies/memoirs, funny books, and fans of Tina Fey or Saturday Night Live. It is not a very long book – a quick read – and the audio is also pretty short. I cannot imagine any disappointment with this one, you guys.
Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock
Bossypantsby Tina Fey
What did you think? Or is it on your to-read list?
Also, do you have a favorite memoir?
Recommend some! I love them.