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I just finished reading BossyPants, by Tina Fey.  I have to say, I was kind of disappointed.  I am a big fan of hers- from the Weekend Update (and SNL as a whole, haha) to 30 Rock- I really like her work.  She is really funny, speaks for the equality of woman and against gender politics/double standards, and she doesn’t do insane things like so many media personalities do to get attention, either.  But this book…seemed kind of more like a rough draft then a finished version, like it wasn’t “ready” yet.  While it was funny, and gave a (small) bit of background on Tiny Fey, there just wasn’t much substance to it.  No great stories of funny or famous people, or funny or odd things she did on her way to fame.  Ok, maybe she didn’t want to drop names and was being really “PC” so as not to tick anyone off.  No late night work-related drama or fun times.  It wasn’t an autobiography- there wasn’t enough “her” in there.  She seems intensely private- which is fine, but then put something else in the book!  She talked about being friends with some gay people in High School more then any other topic, and that she liked Amy Pohler alot.  But no fun Amy Poler and Tiny Fey stories or adventures, quips….anything.   Her dad is a “presence” and she thinks Sarah Palin is a big Media Star who is better looking then herself.  She talks down about herself a lot.  Which (while I get it- she doesn’t want to sound snobby) is annoying as well.  That’s basically the book.   I kept waiting for “the good part”.  It was totally readable, and interesting and all that jazz- but…meh.  Nah.  Totally “eh” and disappointing- for such a funny lady, what the heck, Tina Fey? 

Here is some info about the book, as well-
“Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update,” before “Sarah Palin,” Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon — from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.

(Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!)”” “

Disclosure- I received a copy of this book in order to review it.  All opinions are my own, yours may differ. 


  1. I don’t watch T.v. so I’ve heard of her but am not a fan so probably wouldn’t have picked up the book anyway. I enjoy reading your reviews as you always have a different perspective to consider.

  2. It’s interesting to read your take on it. Hubby bought it & read it – he said it was good & funny and I’d like it. I’m sure I’d still find it amusing but am bummed to here you found it lacking something!

  3. I hate it when a book disappoints me. I am stopping by from the Alexa Hop. Sorry I am late..trying to get through all the links 🙂

  4. Awww…that’s sad that the book wasn’t better. I was interested in reading it because I love tina fey. I’ll bet that a lot of the dullness is probably due to her being intensely personal, as you said.

  5. I love Tina Fey!

  6. bummer! but it may still be fun to read

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