Title: Tina Fey Bossypants
Author: Tina Fey
Ratings 4/5 stars
In this book, Tina Fey talks all about her life from a young girl all the way to when she turns 40. The setting of the story changes all throughout the book as a young girl in Pennsylvania, to a middle aged women in New York City. The book transitions from the 1970’s to the 21st century. It is interesting to see how people's opinions and the way they act throughout the book changes as time goes by. Tina Fey is an independent comedy writer who faces the nasty comments that are said to her by strangers. Jeff Richmond, her husband, continuously encourages and inspires Tina Fey in her daily life. Her trouble with bullying, all started when she was a little girl. She was in kindergarten and was in the alley behind her house, when a strange man approached her and slashed her in the face. But her scar never stopped her from doing anything she wanted. She always knew she wanted to be in the acting business, so as a teenager she started doing improv classes and made some sketches that she acted out in front of people too. As she got older, Tina wasn’t performing anymore, but she still really wanted to be an actor. Somehow she landed an interview with Lorne Michaels, a television producer, and got the job. She started writing scripts for SNL and even acted on the show. Later in her television career, she started a show called 30 Rock and starred in it as the main character, Liz Lemon. At first her TV show wasn’t getting many viewers compared to the other hit TV shows in that time, but later as they got into further seasons of the 30 Rock, it became more and more popular. The book finishes on Tina’s thoughts on a major decision that would change her life. The theme of this book, Bossypants, is to always stay strong. Tina never lets anybody bring her down, or bring down her confidence when smack talking about the huge scar on her face. Also when she gets e-mailed hurtful things multiple times a day, but she handles them like what they said didn’t even affect her at all. If she had let all of these things get to her she wouldn’t be this successful and do what she loves.The book was very funny and interesting. Even if there was a dry spot in the book there would still be some part of me that wanted to keep on reading it, she would throw in a joke that made me completely forget how boring that part of the book was. Some of the jokes actually made me laugh out loud. It was a very fun and fast read, it kept you guessing what possibly could happen next. The only thing that I didn’t like about this book, was that I couldn’t relate to some of the stuff because I wasn’t alive in that time period that the book was set in at that moment. Like when she was writing about when she was a girl, some of the things she was talking about I had no idea what it was, because it was pertaining to that time period. I think that this book is mainly directed to women that are in their late 30’s and older. There are many feminine things that she talks about in this book that I don’t think that men will appreciate, and the women who are about her age will understand more of what she’s talking about than younger people. I guarantee you that you will love this book, no matter your age or gender.
Contributed by: Jessica Sheldon