Bossypants by Tina Fey Book Review (spoilers)

Tina Fey shows us Who’s Boss in Her Hilarious Book Bossypants

For anyone who has ever said that Tina Fey is not funny I dare them to read this book and not laugh out loud. This is a wonderful autobiography from Tina Fey. Starting with her efforts as young child learning what it means to be a woman. All the way to having her own TV show and her own daughter, still figuring it all out. Reading this book taught me a lot about Tina Fey, her relationship with SNL, and how you should always be proud of wearing an all-white denim suit.



More importantly Tina Fey has taught me to not be afraid of just doing what you want to do. She talks a lot in this book about body issues and being body conscience and how girls and women are affected by it. It was interesting to read her take of photo-shoots. I personally couldn’t think of anything worse than having a camera thrust in my face and having to try to look pretty. But Miss Fey actually makes photo-shoots sound fun. You get free food, always a bonus for me, you get to wear pretty dresses, and you get to have make-up artists make you look and feel pretty.

This is something that I had never thought about. That a photo-shoot isn’t there to point out your flaws, it’s there to celebrate them. This of course, is completely erased when you see the final image and they have photo shopped everything out. Even the things you love about yourself. This is why, she says, Photoshop gives women and men unrealistic expectations. However, she would hope that you can tell when a photo has been airbrushed to high heaven.

Tina Fey as a Boss in Show Business

In this book she explains how she began creating 30 Rock. It started with conversations, writing, late nights, and finally came down to casting. Alec Baldwin was who she had in mind from the very beginning but never in her wildest dreams did she ever think he would do it. This is where I believe the saying ‘If you don’t ask you don’t get’ originated from (it didn’t but for this purpose let’s pretend). It’s having the confidence to simply ask for what you would like, having the hope that they would say yes, and knowing what to do when they actually say yes.


30 Rock became a big hit but for a while there was a chance that it was going to be cancelled. I mean, for real cancelled, crew members were already looking for new work kind of cancelled. As luck would have it, the show got picked up again and again. This book was written in 2011 and so it had aspects of directions she wanted the show to go in, how long she thought the show would last. I think 30 Rock exceeded any of her expectations.

But you get the feeling that it wasn’t always the show that she wanted to create. This is where we find Kimmy Schmidt in an underground bunker. You can definitely tell that this is the show she wanted to make. It’s crazy, dysfunctional baby and we love it! I think that Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt came at just the right time. If she had tried to air this before 30 Rock I think it would have flopped but having it the other way around, her audience is already used to her craziness.


Why should you read this book?

If you have a background in theatre, are a man or a woman, live and breathe on planet earth, then you should read this book. It is the perfect balance of comedy and reality. I think that it could have been very easy for Tina Fey to only talk of her career, and to be fair, I would still read it.

However, I think that having a sort of timeline throughout you can see her progression not just in her career but in life as well. There is advice for anyone who thinks they don’t fit in, advice on how to comprise in a family, how to be organised with work, and how no matter what life throws at you, you can take it.

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