Book Review

Book Review: Bossypants

By Tina Fey

My Edition:
Paperback, 250 pages
2011, Reagan Arthur/Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316056892

“You’re nobody until somebody calls you Bossy.” This wonderful memoir has jokes, anecdotes and unsolicited life advice from the hilarious Tina Fey. 

What I liked:
The whole book! My short review is: just buy/borrow it, because it’s fantastic and funny and you should read it! When I posted a picture of this book on my Instagram, so many people told me how much they enjoyed the book, and many recommended that I listen to the audiobook, as Fey narrates. I’ve tried a few audiobooks over the years and I really can’t focus on information that way. I may actually give it a try with Bossypants though, because Fey is so witty and I believe hearing her jokes come from her would enhance them, especially now that I’m familiar with the material.

Fey gives readers a wonderful mix of comic insight into life and honest thoughts on a variety of topics such as life as a woman, mother and comic, as well as fashion and beauty tips! Every page contained something that made me smile or chuckle and I can’t remember the last time I laughed so many times while reading a book. (It was probably last December when I read Mindy Kaling’s book – I need to read more humor!)

I wanted to give you a few quotes, but it was difficult, because I was ready to type out pages worth so you could get the full scope of her wit. Instead, I leafed back through the book and found a few random ones to share.

Fey speaks about her heavily Greek looks and how they affected her dating life:

“I couldn’t compete with sorority girls with their long blond ponytails and hoop earrings. I tried to find the while-boy-looking-to-rebel, but I wasn’t ethnic enough to be an exciting departure. I wasn’t Korean or African American or actually Mexican. I was just not all-the-way-white.”

Her thoughts on babies:

“They’re more than just adorable little creatures on whom you can blame your farts.”

And some practical life advice for all of us:

“Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions. Go ‘Over! Under! Through!’ [Sesame Street reference] and opinions will change orgainically when you’re the boss. Or they won’t. Who cares? Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.”

What I didn’t like:
Nothing! Wait, you know what? This book wasn’t long enough! I reached the end all too soon and wanted more of Fey’s tips and quips. Hopefully, she puts out another book in the future.


If you like humorous memoirs, this book is for you. If you don’t like comedic books you probably have no soul you might still find some of her more insightful moments useful in your own life.

3 thoughts on “Book Review: Bossypants”

  1. I’ve been meaning to read this for so long! I even had it borrowed from the library but I was so busy with other books that I didn’t get around to it before I returned it. I’ll have to keep my eye out for it again, especially since you loved it so much!


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