By: Amy Schumer
Published Year: 2016
Publisher: Gallery Books
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Summary (Provided by Goodreads): The Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and star of Inside Amy Schumer and the acclaimed film Trainwreck has taken the entertainment world by storm with her winning blend of smart, satirical humor. Now, Amy Schumer has written a refreshingly candid and uproariously funny collection of (extremely) personal and observational essays.
In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is—a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh.
Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this highly entertaining and universally appealing collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friend—an unforgettable and fun adventure that you wish could last forever. Whether she’s experiencing lust-at-first-sight while in the airport security line, sharing her own views on love and marriage, admitting to being an introvert, or discovering her cross-fit instructor’s secret bad habit, Amy Schumer proves to be a bighearted, brave, and thoughtful storyteller that will leave you nodding your head in recognition, laughing out loud, and sobbing uncontrollably—but only because it’s over.
I find Amy Schumer interesting, even if I don’t always find her funny, but I was immediately curious wen I found out she was writing a book. I thought the title and cover were eye catching and do stand out from some other celebrity memoirs. Although, with so many coming out, I guess that’s kind of the point.
What I thought
If you are not a fan of Amy Schumer’s humor, you will not enjoy this book. At times, it was a bit raunchy for my tastes (as that’s not my sense of humor), but the rest of her personality I really enjoyed.
One of the aspects I liked most about this book is that I didn’t feel like she was writing it to try to make me laugh. I felt like she was just telling me stories about her life while adding a bit of humor. One of my favorite segments that she had were her old journal entries. Amy has been journaling since she was 13, so she picked out a few entries between 13 and her 20s and put them into the book. She then included current day footnotes commenting on her writing from years ago. I loved that!
While it wasn’t’ my absolute favorite celebrity memoir and didn’t make me laugh out loud, it was very enjoyable. She had a lot of valid and fascinating perspectives. I enjoyed that she was able to go from joking about sex and food one chapter and then talk seriously about domestic abuse in the next chapter. This book, while not converting me to a fan of her comedy, made me a fan of Amy Schumer the person. She is a smart woman with a lot to say and I absolutely loved reading about it. I appreciated her no-nonsense honesty and truly feel we could use some more people like her in the world. She is unapologetic about who we are and states over and over that everyone should try to live their lives that way.
While I understand that it’s her persona, part of me wishes this book wasn’t as raunchy because I would then recommend it for young girls. There are some great feminist messages in it but occasionally it just crosses a bit of a line (in my opinion). It’s just the unnecessary jokes and references that bothered e. When they had a po
By: Amy Schumer