Review – The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

ABOUT THE BOOK

The highly anticipated first book from award-winning comedian, writer, producer and actress, Amy Schumer.

In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy shares stories about her family, her relationships, her career, good – and bad – sex, recounting the experiences that have shaped who she is today: from the riches to rags story of her childhood to her teenage quest for popularity (and boys) to becoming one of the most sought-after comedians on the planet and an outspoken advocate for women’s rights.

Whether she’s experiencing lust at first sight in the queue at the airport, discovering her boot camp instructor’s secret bad habit, or candidly discussing her father’s multiple sclerosis, Amy Schumer proves to be a fearless, original and always entertaining storyteller. Her book will move you, make you laugh, catch you completely off guard, and answer this burning question: is it okay for a 35 year-old woman to still sleep with her childhood teddy bears? (credit: amazon.co.uk)
WHAT I THOUGHT

It may surprise you, seeing as I have just read her book, but I have never watched a single one of Amy Schumer’s comedy shows. I do however have a secret fascination with the lives of the rich and famous, whoever they may be. So when an advertisement for Schumer’s book somehow found its way onto my Facebook newsfeed, showing me one of her chapters entitled; “An open letter to my fanny” – it caught my attention and got me wanting to know more. Please know that this is not because I am interested in Schumer’s lady parts, but because I knew with a chapter heading like that it was going to be hilarious and right up my street.

Now, what did I think about the book? For me, it was better than a wild night out (although please bear in mind that I am a mum of 2 young children so I have forgotten what those sort of nights are like), but I did consume a couple of margaritas whilst reading it which was pretty fun. It was a real rollercoaster of emotions, I laughed and cried, and even laughed when I probably should have been crying but that is down to Schumer’s writing style – expressing her emotions and stories in a comedic, light-hearted manner.

There are a few points I would make:-

Schumer goes into real detail discussing her unusual relationship with her mum, which I have to say I found very hard to understand as I am very close to my mum. It does appear though that they do have a very toxic relationship and aren’t good for each other, although Schumer does express how much she loves her mum but just that she can’t be around her an awful lot.

Schumer comes across as a very honest, open, “where your heart on your sleeve”, character who isn’t ashamed of who she is, where she comes from or the fact that she still sleeps with her childhood teddy bears!! Just from reading the book I feel like she could be one of my best pals.

She is very open about her father’s battle with Multiple Sclerosis even describing certain predicaments that are caused by this terrible illness but I won’t go into detail here though just in case you are eating whilst reading this! You will understand what I mean though if you read the book.

Schumer discusses her sex life, first love, first job, first apartment in New York… just about first everything really! I have to say though that I thoroughly enjoyed learning all about her – she has got such a story to tell and I can’t see this being her last autobiography as she has barely scratched the surface of her life.

Schumer is totally a role model to the young through both her achievements and body image – curvy girls rock!

So in a nutshell, if you like to laugh, are interested in the lives of others, and don’t mind a bit of crudeness, then get this book, sit back and enjoy the ride (and a couple of margaritas with it too!).

My Final Word: Inspiring

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