Mar 092012

Author: Tina Fey

Pages: 275

Publisher:  Reagan Arthur

Release Date: January 2012

Genre: Autobiography

Characters: Tina Fey, Lorne Michaels, Amy Poehler, Sara Palin, and Tracy Morgan

 Synopsis: Comedian and Actor, Star of 30 Rock, and former head writer for Saturday Night Live, Tina Fey writes about her life.  She begins with her early life in Pennsylvania and talks about jobs, getting into acting, and eventually writing for SNL and creating 30 Rock and raising her daughter while working.

Analysis:  Bossypants is a very funny and entertaining autobiography.  Even though as a male, I don’t think I am the target audience, I found many of her anecdotes  about growing up geeky, unsure of self and just not fitting in reminded me of my own childhood.   Her genesis story is more epic than mine and includes a mysterious attack by a stranger in an alleyway when she was young.  It is possible that she is the Batman of comedy.


  • Inside stories of 30 rock and SNL
  • Her father Donald Fey sounds like an amazing and strange guy.
  • Stories about Amy Poehler make me think she should write her own book!
  • The book also leads me to believe that Tina is a down to earth and nice person.
  • One of my favorite stories was about the guy on the Second City tour that would order a Big Mac value meal and eat it on stage so he could charge it as part of act.


  • Early on she says that the origin of the scar on her face is not something she wishes to discuss, but she refers to it several times afterwards and provides a slight bit more detail.  I think she should have just left it at her not wanting to talk about it if she wasn’t going to tell everything.
  • She seems pretty classy, but I’d like to hear her dish more dirt and name more names about what was really going on during SNL and 30 Rock!

Conclusion: She seems a bit down on her fame lasting much longer, but I really hope that she is wrong about that. This book makes remember why I have been a fan of hers since I first saw her doing the news on SNL.  I hope that she keeps on writing and acting!!

Frank’s Ratings


Characters 3
Plot 3
Imagery 3
Read Again? 4
Average 3.25

  2 Responses to “Bossypants”

  1. Omg just found out that Tina Fey has a scar on her face and i can’t look away!

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