Book Review: Bossypants

By the second week, I realized what made this experience so fun and different. For the first time ever, I was performing in front of an audience that wanted to see me.

Unpopular opinion time: I did not like Bossypants by Tina Fey all that much.

I don’t know if it was a case of high expectations, or I was just in a mood. All I know is this book was just okay for me. I didn’t like it; I didn’t hate it. It’s just, you know, okay.

There are elements that I like. I love that she clearly loves and respects Amy Poehler. I liked her mother’s prayer for a daughter. I liked the stories of her as a kid growing up in the Pennsylvania theater (those sections actually reminded me of Meg Cabot’s novels/heroines). I also LOVED the pictures of her growing up. (My daughter: “Is that a boy?”)

I think, what didn’t work for me, is that the book is uneven and at times Fey tries too hard. I can see her trying to be funny, so it doesn’t feel very organic. It feels like she thought she needed to be funny instead of just telling her story. Maybe that’s the way she talks. I have no idea. It just didn’t work for me on the page.

I know the book has a lot of awesome reviews, and people who really love it and Tina. I have no real opinion on Fey besides loving Mean Girls, so I don’t know if being a fan of hers increases the appreciation of the story or the style. All I know is that I found the book, you know, okay.

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