brookbrook, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by brookbrook)
I should preface by saying I truly love tina. She can do no wrong, except maybe for that hair commercial. And maybe for aspects of this book. But who cares, she does so much more much more than right, and the title alone makes it worth four stars. But only 4 because, well, it's not that funny and not written all that well. At least in comparison to tina off paper. Still, buy it, read it, love it for the good parts!!!!
Ellen Ingamells, August 2, 2012 (view all comments by Ellen Ingamells)
The next time you reach for an airplane book while packing for your next trip to Ireland, skip the bad romance that will bore you into submission, is chop full of boring characters and is so predictable you hate yourself when you shed a tear at the sappy ending. Instead buy something enjoyable, easy, and quick: Tina Fey. Double meanings aside Tina Fey's memoir/autobiography "Bossypants" is worth the trip to the library or used book shop where you will inevitably find copies waiting patiently for you on the shelf. These books are not here because they were abandoned half read or because they were unbearably boring, but because the stories are so memorable and simple that you only need to read it once and the harrowing tales of angsty teens, SNL, and Sarah Palin will be burned into your collection of dinner table conversation forever. Clearly, the best part of this book was the creation of a new word "Blorft".
'"Blorft" is an adjective I just made up that means "Completely overwhelmed but proceeding as if everything is fine and reacting to stress with the torpor of a possum." I have been blorft every day for the past seven years.'
Borrowing this book for the mere 6 hours it will take you to eagerly consume is well worth the small effort. You will assuredly find yourself snorting out uncontrolled laughter every 20 pages, which will in turn illicit a nervous jump from the small, immaculate Belgian man in a bowler* sitting next to you.
*In case you are wondering, Hercule Poirot is nervous because in his day people took boats, not planes to get to Ireland. He appears in this review for really no reason at all other than he popped into my mind.
alisatt, January 25, 2012 (view all comments by alisatt)
Being in law school, I don't get the chance to read for fun very much. So when free time opens up, I try to choose wisely. "Bossypants" was the best damn choice I made last year. I don't know if it was just comparatively witty and spit-coffee-on-my-book funny when stacked up against mandatory readings of federal income taxation, but I never wanted "Bossypants" to end. If you can manage to read the entire thing with Tina Fey's voice in your head, you will not be disappointed. It's a book that's a little bit of everything all at once (comedy, advice, autobiography), and that was just fine by me. It's short, so pace yourself to make the magic last longer. Also, your face will hurt from laughing so it's not a bad idea to take some breaks.
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I love her awesome wit about life. Bossypants is a short book about life that is both serious and funny. She also is very effective in getting her political point across. She has proven that you are no one until someone has called you bossy. You know it is a great book when you do not know if you should laugh or cry.
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