The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer: A Review

We all get lazy with our lives and stuck in what we think we deserve. We all accept too easily that life has to be hard and forget to make sure we have the most fun we can.

Amy Schumer is very funny and seems like a nice person.

I don’t read a lot of autobiographies, because I prefer to learn about famous people after they’re dead and from other people.

Memoirs by funny women in comedy/TV/music are the exception. I thoroughly enjoyed Bossypants by Tina Fey, Yes, Please by Amy Poehler, and Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein, all of which were consumed via audiobook, read by the author, my preferred method of absorbing this very particular genre of books.

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Except you can’t see the tattoo. (image from goodreads.com)

Memoirs are a double edged sword. They help us remember that even celebrities are human beings too, and generally their public persona is one of many nuanced sides of a someone who is still a person with histories, families, thoughts, and feelings.

On the other hand, celebrities sometimes get a little carried away (all that adoration, who can blame them?) with their sense of importance. Was I annoyed when Amy Schumer detailed the life history of every single one of her stuffed animals? Was it tedious when Carrie Brownstein listed all the alternate nicknames for her dogs? Actually, no, because I can relate to both of those things. I’m just generalizing here.

Amy Schumer strikes a balance between the comedian and the person, with an adequate amount of profanity, and though there are times when she does veer on the side of losing herself in the perks of being exceptionally famous (She is “new money,” flying in a private jet, how nice for her), she also bares the horrors of being constantly subjected to the torment of social media trolls and all those hideous human beings flinging their hate from behind the anonymity of the internet.

It takes a tough person to bear that out, and some of the personal stories Amy tells requires a particular brand of courage as well.

*Cut for time

  • My favorite Inside Amy Schumer sketch has a simple premise and fart jokes. It’s a win-win!
  • I don’t know if the print version of the book has as many “Jk jk jk” as the audiobook (approximately 200), but cool it with the JK’s. 2003 is over.

 

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