Bossypants is an autobiography of Tina Fey’s life. It chronicles her childhood and rise to fame via Saturday Night Live. For a more complete summary, you can go here.
I’ve decided that maybe I’m not an autobiography/memoir type of person. I can enjoy them, but very rarely do I love them. I just thoroughly love novels and getting engrossed into a story. Non-fiction books just don’t typically have that same pull. Bossypants is no exception. Out of all of the autobiographies that I’ve read lately, this one seems to jump around the most. There seems to be no rhyme or reason for the order of the chapters. They are not in chronological order. She talks about her childhood for a few chapters, then she jumps around between major life events later in the book. Even within each chapter she goes on a lot of tangents and its hard to stay focused on what the main point of her story is. She also spends a decent chunk of the book on just a few years of her life. I understand that those years probably are the most important years to her career, but it made the book seem kind of lopsided.
The title of this book doesn’t seem very well suited. She seems more passive than bossy in her endeavors. I assumed (incorrectly) that the story would talk more about how to be a boss or how to rise to that point. However, Tina didn’t really talk too much about those specifics.
With all of that said, I think that Tina Fey has an amazing voice. Her story is funny and sarcastic (and sarcasm is difficult to convey via print). She touches on a lot of serious issues—such as gay marriage, women’s rights, and politics—without throwing it in your face.
This is a quick read and enjoyable—though I am not sure how it’s still on the New York Times Bestseller list after several years. I would recommend it to fans of Tina Fey, people who like humorous books, and people who enjoy autobiographies. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it let me know what you think!
*** 3/5 Stars