The last couple of books that I have read have been, in some ways, quite depressing. So you can imagine that it was quite a breath of fresh air for me to read something light hearted that I could have a laugh at. This book was Bossy Pants, an autobiography by Tina Fey. For those of you not familiar with Tina, she is a comedian best known for her work on the tv show 30 Rock, and also for Saturday Night Live. She was largely a writer on SNL but occasionally she did some of the acting. Probably her most famous role was that of impersonating Sarah Palin, whom she bears an uncanny resemblance to (now you know who I’m talking about).
This book briefly follows Tina through her childhood years and into her teenage years. I don’t think it’s really your typical autobiography written by a celebrity. I find that those are frequently encumbered by a drawn out history of their childhood, which is followed by a smattering of teenage angst and misfortune. This book is certainly not like that. It largely focuses on her career and the early years of her adulthood. It takes a look at how she got to be on SNL, how 30 Rock came about, and how difficult it was working the ridiculously long hours of a script writer while attempting to raise a child. I think that lots of working mothers can relate to this. But I’m not a working mother, so I just find myself completely in awe of her.
She is also not just funny on tv. Her writing is very witty and humorous and you can see why she has been so successful as a script writer. She is not afraid to write what we were all thinking – though she would never say it out loud. I kind of get the feeling that she is just a normal person with a great job. She doesn’t act like a celebrity and someone who has achieved more in their life than my pinky will achieve in its whole life. She really is just a very down to earth person, with the same cares and worries as we have. The only difference is that when she goes to work, she’s on tv.
This is a very well written book and definitely good for a laugh. It moves along quickly and there is just enough name-dropping for you to remember who she is and what she does, but not enough to make her seem up herself. My only advice would be not to start reading it on public transport as you will definitely laugh out loud and get strange looks. Wait until you’ve read a couple of chapters to get yourself into the swing of things.
RATING – 8 out of 10.
WHO SHOULD READ IT – I would like to say that everyone should read it, but I think there are some anecdotes throughout that really are more for female benefit. But if you’re a guy and you can look past that, give it a shot. It’s too funny not to read.
WHO YOU’LL LOVE – Well you kinda have to love Tina. Mostly because the book is written by her and is about her.
FAVOURITE QUOTE – “…my unsolicited advice to women in the workplace is this. When faced with sexism or ageism or lookism or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: “Is this person between me and what I want do do?” If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. Your energy is better used doing your work and out-pacing people that way. Then, when you’re in charge, don’t hire the people who were jerky to you. “