Book Review: Bossypants

Author: Tina Fey

Publisher: Hachette Audio, 2011

Narrator: Tina Fey

Genre: Memoir

My Rating: A



Summary from the publisher:

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.

My Thoughts:

Anyone who admires Tina Fey will enjoy Bossypants. Fans will absolutely love it. Tina tells the story  of her life throughout this memoir. She tells it in her classic, self-deprecating humorous style.

I particularly enjoyed the picture of Tina in high school, her experience with Second City in Chicago, and her viewpoints on motherhood. It was all laugh-out-loud hilarious. There does not seem to be a lot of ego in Tina Fey. She seems grateful to be doing all that she is.

I should warn you that her language is X-rated. I normally don’t like the liberal use of the f-word, but in Bossypants it just seemed to be part of the flow.

Listening to this book was the perfect way to read it. Tina was the narrator and it felt as if she was right here in the room. She knows how to deliver the lines with perfect timing. She even adjusted the book to speak to the audiobook audience.

I’m sure whoever made the cover for the book thought it was funny to show Tina with those large arms. I didn’t get the joke. I found an old picture of Tina Fey with her normal arms. She looks much better this way. Don’t you agree?  (Photo credit:

I borrowed this audiobook from my public library. Check your local library or your local bookstore. Bossypants is also available at Amazon. (I am an Amazon Associate.)

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13 Responses to Book Review: Bossypants

  1. Beth F says:

    The cover gives me the creeps!! But I’ve been meaning to listen to the memoir — I know I’ll be laughing out loud.

  2. I thought the audio version was fun, but the cover is indeed gross.

  3. kaye says:

    I don’t get the idea behind the man arms either. It’s almost ridiculous.

  4. Ti says:

    I have this on my iPod. Waiting for the right time to listen to it. I am not a huge fan of hers but was told that
    it’s very funny.

  5. I’m not a fan of the cover either, but I love the book! I wish I’d listened to the audio version.

  6. Staci says:

    I don’t mind the x-rated talk and I really do like her as an actress and as a person. Great review!

  7. JoAnn says:

    I don’t like the cover, but do plan to read this… thinking audio is the way for me, too!

  8. TheBookGirl says:

    One of my friends read this book, and enjoyed it so much that she deliberately stretched it out because she didn’t want it to end.

  9. kaye says:

    That is a weird cover, I’m not too familiar with her. I only became aware of her during the election.

  10. stacybuckeye says:

    Perfect listening for Jason and I on our Thanksgiving road trip. We both love her.

  11. I didn’t finish it yet, but I loving it so far. I was reading while waiting for an appointment at one point and couldn’t help laughing out loud!

  12. Loved this audio! Yes, I couldn’t listen when the kids were around (language!), but it didn’t seem “foul” just part of the flow, as you say.

    The man arms? I don’t get it, either – ick!

  13. I loved this book! I had no intention of reading it, but my friends were all raving about it. At one point I was at a hotel breakfast buffet with tears running down my face from laughing so hard. Everybody must have thought I was insane!

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