I liked this book surprisingly a lot, considering that my first knowledge of it came at work, when I stared at that super-creepy cover for way too long as I processed a dozen or so copies. I didn’t really know anything about Tina Fey at the time outside of some random Weekend Updates I’d seen and of course her portrayal of Sarah Palin that confuses my husband to this day (Scott: “Wait, Sarah Palin didn’t make finger guns and go ‘pew pew pew!’?”)(dang that’s a lot of punctuation marks in a row), and so I was like, “I am definitely not interested in this… but let’s check out that back cover and book flap.” I don’t quite remember what they said, but I absolutely loved the fake blurbs (including a time-capsule one from Mark Twain) and the description of the book sounded not terrible, and I needed something to listen to at work, so I put the audiobook on hold. And waited.
In the meantime, Scott and I discovered 30 Rock, and holy HECK why didn’t you people make me watch that show sooner? I am holding all of you responsible for this. There are certainly a few too many scenes where I have to close my eyes and cover my ears and tell Scott to tell me when it’s over because otherwise I would die of empathetic embarrassment, but there are also some freaking hilarious jokes (my current favorite: “It’s not a Lemon party without old Dick!”).
So by the time the audiobook arrived, I was super excited. And I was not wrong to be. Tina Fey has a sense of humor and timing and sarcasm that I just love. And there is so much less awkward in this book than in her show! The stories that she tells run the gamut from hilarious to interesting to prescient to kind of weird, but no matter how I felt about the content, Fey’s presentation was spot-on. I need Tina Fey to read me things all the time.
One problem with loving Tina Fey as narrator, though, is that I really can’t remember what she talked about, I was so busy enjoying her voice! A few things stick with me really well, like her story about climbing a mountain for a guy she liked and the one about how she ended up doing the Sarah Palin gig, but everything else is just in bits and pieces. Funny bits and pieces, of course.
Recommendation: If you love Tina Fey, you’ve probably already read this book. So… if you like humorous essays as written/spoken by a dryly sarcastic wit, you’ll probably go for this.