Last night I closed the book on Tina Fey and this morning, I'm honestly not sure how to summarize this one up.
Each chapter in this book covers moments of Tina's life that, at first, all seem totally unrelated. Eventually these moments enter the melting pot of the book's theme, which is: she works in a male-dominated job, but doesn't act like a total woman about it.
I liked it because it mixed together the career side of her life, with the personal side of her life, and it all blended nicely and hilariously all together. She gives us a sample of working at Saturday Night Live, being the boss of 200 people at 30 Rock, and what it's like to be a mother, a writer, a working mother, a boss, and a wife who is forced to go on cruises because her husband is afraid of flying.
The dust cover of her book is pretty accurate. She does offer unsolciated opinions on seemingly un-related topics like Italian rum cake and breastfeeding, but somehow in the end, you're not confused, and everything kind of makes sense. There are parts of the book which I found HILARIOUS, but when I read them out loud to Ryan - he didn't think they were very funny. I have a feeling it's because he can't really relate to losing a tampon string, being fussed over at a photoshoot, getting undeserved sympathy, having an overprotective military-type father figure, or being critisized for being too fat or too thin, or both at the same time.
So, if you are female, on some level you will likely relate to the book, wet yourself laughing, and wish she was on twitter because people who have dry, sarcastic humor are sensational hits on that thing. If you're a guy, you'll probably stop reading ten pages in, and turn on a football game.
What's awesome about the book is Tina actually rewards readers with a few chapters on the Sarah Palin sketch. I say it's rewarding because some writers glaze over their epic moments of fame, and try to pump-up other aspects of their lives which they feel are "more important". This is a mistake. I wanted to read about Sarah Palin. And it was great.
She also proves that her head is on straight, and she can prioritize. That in life, days exist where filming Oprah, playing Sarah Palin, and hosting a Peter Pan themed birthday party are of all exact same importance. In my opinion, if I had my choice to work for Tina Fey or Donald Trump - I'd pick Tina. Because Donald would rank those in a different order. People don't question Donald Trump about managing people or companies, because they know he doesn't give a shit about anything else. Tina does. So she wins.
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