Audiobook Review – Bossypants by Tina Fey

Hey hello hi! Y’all are getting a second bonus post this week, because I had some time to write a little extra and I’m super behind on book reviews. So here I am, finally reviewing this lovely audiobook that I listened to while training for a couple of half-marathons in January. Yeah, that was already six months ago… my bad. But I’m here, I’m catching up, and I’m trying to be a book reviewing machine.

BossyPants is the book of essays by comedian Tina Fey, which was released back in 2011. She chronicles her childhood, her time in college, her early career, SNL, and 30 Rock. As you would probably expect, it’s funny. Tina Fey is super funny – that was why I wanted to listen to the audiobook in the first place. I wanted her to narrate her own story. And it was worth it, but as you’ll see in a bit, it wasn’t my favorite thing in the world.


3 Things I Loved

  1. The way she talks about her honeymoon cruise. This story was my favorite in the whole book. Her husband is afraid of flying, so they went on a cruise. Things happen. They have to fly anyway. It was just told so well from her point of view, and I was there for it.
  2. The way she talks about Amy Poehler. Oh my god. Ohmygod. The clip of Amy and Tina as Hillary and Sarah Palin? I was crying. I love these two together.
  3. The way she talks about Alec Baldwin. I don’t even like Alec Baldwin, but hearing Tina Fey talk about him was still the best. It was my favorite part of the stuff about 30 Rock.

Anything Problematic?

Yes, especially in the early chapters of the book. This book is definitely a product of 2011 – the way she talked about her LGBTQ+ friends made me so uncomfortable, along with the way she talked about weight and self-esteem. It was hard to listen to in parts, and it did taint my opinion of the book as a whole.



A reminder of the rating system:

  • Red = DNF, I hated everything
  • Orange = Ugh, no thank you
  • Yellow = I mean, I’ve read worse, but there were problems
  • Green = This was good, but not something I’d reread
  • Blue = Oh my gosh, everyone should be reading this book
  • Purple = This is the unicorn of books and I will be rereading it until the binding falls apart

I’ll give this book a solid yellowish-green. It would have been green had I read this several years ago. But this year? There were too many problematic things said in the early parts of the book. So yellowish-green it is.

Yay books! I’ve been enjoying writing these reviews, so trust me – there are more to come.

Happy reading!


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