The legend that brought us Mean Girls and 30 Rock, Tina Fey’s autobiography was a must read on my ‘Booket’ list. Unlike most of the male comedians autobiographies I’ve read, Fey gives us snippets of her life without boring us with the whole ‘I was trying for years and years and years before I made it’ ‘I’ve played so many gigs to crowds of less than 10 people it’s not even funny’; you’re right it’s not funny, or interesting, stop writing about it. (Rant over). Fey tells us of her experiences and how they helped her: Improv School; touring with companies; volunteering. She tells us what we want to hear: about her life, not how hard it was before she went on to make millions.
Most interestingly however, when reading the book it doesn’t seem to have a flow to it, one minute we’re reading about her disaster of a honeymoon, then the next how she is playing Sarah Palin on SNL. But the beauty of the book is that it doesn’t matter. She writes about what you want to know, what it’s like to work on SNL, how 30 Rock has a bunch of writers, how she juggles having two jobs and a new born.
Her writing is funny and quick, but it’s hard to tell what is ‘real life’ and what may just be for the benefit of the book. Either way is doesn’t really matter, it doesn’t take anything away from the story. You come away feeling what you want to come away feeling after reading someone’s autobiography: that you know them a little more, and that what you know is something that you couldn’t find on the Daily Mail.
The only downside I found was that I wish she had written a bit about her time writing Mean Girls because let’s face it, that film rules.
This book is a brilliant read for the ladies who need a touch of inspiration, the men who think women aren’t as good as them, and the Tina Fey fans. I’ve come away feeling empowered that life is life, it’s tough on anyone, but rich people just have Photoshop to make it look better.
‘Do your thing and don’t care if they like it’. – Tina Fey inspired by Amy Poehler.