Friday 6 February 2015

Review: Bossypants by Tina Fey

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.

Review: this was such a funny read. I have started to read all my autobigraphies via audiobook now because I really like having the book narrated by the person that wrote it, although I miss out on the picture, unless I also own the hardback which in many cases I do, I really like the connection that you get from listening to someone that tells their own story. I also like the change from fiction to non-fiction every once in a while and right now I like my non-fiction to come in the form of these autobiographies.

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Tina Fey has a sharp and to the point way of writing and it means that you barely feel like you're reading, the book is over before you realise but in a good way. This book is filled with her opinions as well as facts and figures about her personal and professional life and so it gives you that little bit more than just a facts and figures kind of book. The opinions can sometimes be a little controversial and I loved the fact that she wasn't afraid to put any of those things out there. This being Tina Fey, there was a definite feminist undertone to some of the chapters which, again, I am all for and made me love this book even more.

There were some really interesting things to be learnt from this book and even if you have never watched £0 Rock or SNL then you will still find something to tempt you with this particular book and everything is explained as if you don't know anything about these things rather than assuming you are a fan and that is why you bought the book! Of course there are some really funny moments throughout the text, proper laugh out loud times as well as sniggering to yourself whist listening in the car times. There isn't anything shocking or dramatic, that's not how she's sold so many copies of the book-its definitely a positive, fell-good experience.

I will definitely be pushing this book onto other people and recommending it to anyone who loves a good laugh. It gallops on at a tremendous pace, it is light-hearted and witty. Although it does use the c word and the f word on several occasions, something which i found to be tremendously refreshing, there is nothing that is there for pure shock value, only to entertain your readers. I would definitely recommend this book in audiobook form although I'm sure reading the paperback or hardback will be just as much fun.

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