Okay – I finally managed to FINISH A BOOK! So I’m going to make this review as short and sweet as possible because I’d like to hit my Goodreads goal this year. It took me about ten months but I realized that maybe watching re-runs of “Ridiculiousness” wasn’t the best use of my time.
Autobiography of Tina Fey’s personal life and writing and acting career so far. Minus “Mean Girls”, which made me sad.
Chapters were mercifully short which made it a very quick read.
Pictures!!! As well as copies of scripts, etc. LOVE that kind of stuff in a non-fiction.
Fey’s voice was very strong and came through on every page. You can almost hear her reading it to you, which was very entertaining.
There were a couple of very funny lines/moments that made you want to keep reading.
There is a very strong message that is weaved throughout the book and emphasized at the end.
While Fey’s voice was strong the comedic timing/sarcasm needed for some of the jokes/points is lost on paper. Unfortunately it made her come off as condescending and a little too ‘New Yorker’ for my taste. I’m almost positive this would have never crossed my mind if I listened to the audiobook instead.
Fey being such a hilarious lady, I (wrongly) assumed that this book would be a laugh a minute. While it was very witty and tack sharp smart it was not a hilarious book. So buyer beware if you’re looking for a barrel of laughs – the reviews all over the cover lie.
I was very conflicted about the message that Fey leaves the reader with, but not for the reasons you might think.
The main message that Fey was trying to convey is feminism – more like women empowerment. While there are several amazing chapters/sections that really illustrate this point, her parting words felt a little off to me. She gives several examples (Amy Pohler’s joke, men in drag on SNL, the shift on SNL, Hilary Clinton comment on Weekend Update, Sarah Palin campaign/SNL skit) of how women empower themselves and how women NEED to empower themselves, she ends the carefully matured message with a ‘crazy bitch’ joke. From what I gathered, her final thought on the topic of women empowerment/feminism was that, in the entertainment industry, when women get to a certain age the become ‘crazy’ which translates to ‘unhireable’. She felt that if more women would strive to be in positions of power then we could promote more likeminded women who could still see the potential in women ‘beyond a certain age’. The main point was that in order for women to get ahead we needed to help out other women and not be afraid to be assertive. This all still fits with her theme – but as I closed the book I thought to myself, ‘Does that mean that I need to say I loved her book?’ My initial reaction was, ‘Of course not!’ But it has continued to sit strange with me. I appreciated all of her insights, her struggles, her ambition, but in the end her book wasn’t all that impressive to me. So am I not helping ‘feminism’ if I say I didn’t like her book? I don’t know.
Rating: Three Stars
Reasoning: While the message was clear and the novel was well paced and witty, it wasn’t really what I thought it was going to be. Another example of not believing the hype.
Recommend For: Feminists, Humorists, Tina Fey lovers, busy mom’s that only have five minutes at a time to read!