Review: ‘Bossypants’ by Tina Fey

As Tina Fey is one of my heroes, I have been so excited to read this book and it did not disappoint. However, it did reinforce my belief that Tina and I are the same people. Throw into the mix that she is frequently confused with Sarah Palin and this worries me somewhat.

‘Bossypants’ chronicles Tina’s life from her conception – ‘a pleasant surprise’ – to her life as working mother. Although, being such a big fan, I wish there had been more to the book. I’d like to know more about her relationship with her parents and brother, as well as more about her hubby and baby. As much as she tells the reader about her stints in SNL and 30 Rock, I still want to know more.

There are great anecdotes about Fey’s time in 2008 when she, for a few weeks in the run-up to the presidential election, uncannily imitated Sarah Palin on SNL and then met Palin herself. Fey is a lovely person and, although she is a Democrat, she is very honest and kind-hearted about Palin and John McCain.

It is a real shame that Tina doesn’t mention ‘Mean Girls’ (which she wrote and starred in) other than in passing. I would love to hear about that.

When reading Fey’s writing, it is like listening to her talk, complete with some of her catchphrases, and therefore the book is really easy to read. I enjoy Fey’s candidness and her own self-deprecating humour. She talks about subjects no other celebrity woman would ever acknowledge; airbrushing and cankles among other things.

In the final chapter, Tina explains the conundrum keeps her awake at night: whether or not to have another baby at the age of 40. I admire Tina Fey for being so honest about such a difficult subject. Since the publication of the book, Tina Fey has fallen pregnant with her second child.

She is, and will continue to be, my hero.

Vic x


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