Bossypants by Tina Fey | Book Review


Published: April 5th 2011


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.

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My Rating:2.5 stars 2.5/5 (Okay)

Book Information

Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books

Genre(s): Autobiography, comedy

Page Count: 290

Format: e-book

This was used for the Popsugar challenge: A nonfiction book.

I know lots of people who loved this book might be looking at my rating and be like, what?? But unfortunately it’s not a mistake. I wanted to like this book, and I thought I did while reading it, but now, I’m more like, meh. It was okay. It was mostly a disappointment. So let me get onto the review to explain more in depth why this book didn’t cut it for me. Oh, by the way, I’m going to be skipping the quick summary for this book.

My Review

So, the plot, or, I don’t know, whatever you call the story in an autobiography, was alright, but not the best. I mean, first of all, for a comedy, I did chuckle or smile a few times, but nothing struck me as particularly hilarious or that funny. Also, a lot of the parts I felt like skimming, and often I was just reading simply for the sake of finishing the book faster. I wasn’t truly interested in it much. Maybe because I prefer to listen and watch Tina Fey’s humour in action than read it? I don’t know. All this to say, the reason I didn’t enjoy this stems from the fact that I’m not a huge fan of biographies, and that I didn’t find anything substantial to keep me interested in the book.

I did like the writing style though, it had a pretty light and easy feel to it which I enjoyed amidst it all. Sadly, it wasn’t enough to have me enjoy the book. I will probably try re-reading this someday. Maybe my perspective will change then, who knows?

This is definitely one of my shortest reviews for a full-length novel, but there really isn’t much else to say. :/


I didn’t particularly enjoy this book. Mostly due to the fact that I hardly ever read and enjoy biographies, I think. This just wasn’t my kind of book, and that’s basically all there is to it. That isn’t to say you won’t enjoy this book; if you like biographies/nonfiction novels, and comedy, by all means try this out. This book did have Tina Fey’s signature humour and style, I guess it just didn’t affect me much in writing, but who knows? Maybe it will be what ticks for you!

Did you read this book? Let me know your thoughts on it—I’d love to know if you enjoyed it more than I did! (In fact, I hope you did!) And if you didn’t read this book, but have it on your TBR, please don’t be discouraged by my rating! I wouldn’t want you to miss a book you might enjoy because of my review.

This wasn’t too tasty for me, but maybe it will be for you! In which case, happy eating!

Analee 10

8 thoughts on “Bossypants by Tina Fey | Book Review

  1. Interesting! You’re the first person I’ve seen who has dislike this – but you gave pretty good reasons, so looking from your point of view, it makes sense. xD

    Have you considered or are you considering ever reading ‘Yes Please’ by Amy Poehler? I’ve heard decent things about that one too. I haven’t read either myself though, they’re on my list.

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    • Yes, I’ve read so many good reviews on this, I really wanted to like it. 😦 Glad my review makes sense, I was worried my review might come off as giving unfavourable opinions without anything backing it up or something. 🙂

      Yes, I am, actually! I’m planning on reading it for my Popsugar challenge. I’ve heard great things about that one as well, and am looking forward to reading it, although after reading Bossypants I’ve learned to keep my expectations low when it comes to nonfiction novels!
      Hopefully you’ll enjoy Bossypants more than I did if you read it. ❤

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  2. I’ve heard heaps of this book lately but have not read it. Maybe with this kind of book, you would enjoy listening to the audiobook? With autobiography books such as these, I prefer to listen to them rather than read them. xoxo

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    • Yes, I have been thinking maybe the audiobook would’ve been a better experience. But then again, audiobooks and I aren’t really on good terms, so maybe not. I might try this again with an audiobook though. 🙂 Thanks for the suggestion!

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  3. This book has been on my TBR for so long. I’m planning to read this for my ‘funny book’ entry. But thanks for this honest review. Maybe I’ll save it for some other time 🙂

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  4. listened to this book as an audiobook. she narrated it and I felt that I don’t think I would’ve liked it that much if I read it. Because she’s a comedian telling her story I think the best way to take this book in is through the audiobook. Her interpretations of some people were so funny and I wouldn’t have got that if I just read it. I liked it but didn’t LOVE it. didn’t review it but I believe I gave it a 2 stars on goodreads but thats because theey don’t have half stars it felt like a 2.5 book to me. I’m not really fond of autobiographies or biographies in general but I recommend Ellen DeGeneres’s book (in audiobook format) Seriously, I’m Kidding. It’s best if you listen to her narrate. She’s hilarious!


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