Bossypants, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Once in a generation a woman comes along who changes everything. Tina Fey is not that woman, but she met that woman once and acted weird around her. Before 30 Rock, Mean Girls and 'Sarah Palin', Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher.

She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon - from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence. Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages, Illustrations, ports.
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Individual actors & performers
  • ISBN: 9780751547832

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I love 30 Rock and only know Tina Fey from that show but was happy to read her book as I thought there would be more background about her and her life before SNL and 30 Rock. I really enjoyed the stories of her younger years but would have liked more. Her brother and mother barely get a mention and while she has more to say about her father it still wasn't a lot. Tina comes across as a funny, smart, independent woman and I like that but I think if you haven't seen the shows she spends so much time talking about in the book then you will find it harder to make a connection.

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I'd initially decided not to bother with this book, even though it sounded funny, because I haven't really seen any of Tina Fey's work and I thought that might exclude me from great swathes of what she was writing about. Then I read a friend's glowing review of the audiobook and decided to give the paper version a try after all. The blurb on the back made me laugh, which seemed to bode well! Happily Fey has the same knack - like Caitlin Moran and Charlie Brooker - of making her writing accessible and hilarious even when the reader hasn't seen the sketches or shows being referenced, and I ended up really enjoying the insight into things like photoshoots and TV production, even when I wasn't familiar with the end results. There's also plenty about TV comedy, family and being a woman in the public eye, which I found thought-provoking and relatable even as it was making me smile. An easy, interesting and very enjoyable read for the summer.

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