- Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Reagan Arthur / Little, Brown; Reprint edition (January 29, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316056898
- ISBN-13: 978-0316056892
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4,756 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For me, the most enjoyable parts centered around the backstage shenanigans and politics of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. Hearing Tina recount her first day as a writer on SNL, when she draws the short straw and has to be the one to tell host Sylvester Stallone that he needs to "enunciate" more, was pure comedy gold, and I was at once laughing at her, as well as laughing with her.
There's nothing too deep here. Even the story of how she received the trademark scar on her cheek is glossed over with (funny) jokes and snide remarks. But did we really expect anything else from the most recognizable anchor of the Weekend Update?
If you can get the audio version, do. It's worth it to hear Fey's self-deprecating voice narrate her own words.
The book is structured more or less chronologically, which makes sense with an autobiography. However, there are several things which set it apart from the average autobiography, or even biography. Firstly, it is very, very funny. Laugh out loud funny, and that doesn't happen very often. And secondly, it was surprisingly insightful for something billed as comedy. It is obvious that Fey is very observant watcher of the human species, and is introspective enough to offer us genuine insight into what it's like to live in the world today. There were certainly insights that made me reflect on my own life, without it ever being preachy.
I read Bossypants the first time before watching 30 Rock, and there are a couple of chapters which didn't mean a lot as I didn't know the characters or the players. I still loved it, but it made more sense reading it the second time after watching 30 Rock.
What becomes clear when reading this book, is just how smart, sassy and capable Fey is. She is humble in many ways, which makes her humour so approachable. But there is a clear strength of character which allows her to follow through on projects despite difficulties or obstacles. So while this is very, very funny, and a joy to read, it is also quite inspirational. I'm giving a copy to a friend's teenage daughter who wants to be a writer. I think it will be a hit!