Synopsis: 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 friends – 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 did not expect THAT out of THIS.
I wasn’t sure about picking this one up, because Amy Schumer has long been, shall we say…controversial. In the past, she’s made jokes with race-based punchlines that more than toe the line of what’s okay. And I need you all to know that if I found even the slightest trace of that problematic-ness here, I’d have given it one star. (That’s my policy with problematic books – I’ve done it with We All Looked Up, When We Collided, I’ll Meet You There, Not That Kind of Girl, After You…and that’s just since December.) But I didn’t find that messiness here.
This book was the opposite of problematic, in fact. To me at least. Schumer masterfully covers an impressive range of social issues and unfunny, real world problems: sexual assault, abusive relationships, gun rights, bad childhoods, petty theft, poverty, divorce, infidelity, growing up, realizing your parents aren’t infallible.
And then the next chapter will make you snort water out your nose in the middle of your work study shift at a dead silent library with a disturbing depiction of an overpriced antique store stuffed animal.
It wasn’t perfect by any means. (That’s why you’re not seein’ five stars up there, babies!) There were some cringeworthy moments (who takes the time to type out “Hahaha” in their own memoir??). The book was also dull at some moments due to the sheer amount of info repetition. (I get it, a life can’t be easily sorted into chapters, but YOU CAN’T TELL THE SAME STORIES MULTIPLE TIMES.) And it got less funny as the book went on. But all of that was more than made up for by how impressively Schumer covered serious topics.
Also, she included a bunch of annotated journal entries from different points in her life, and I love footnotes so that was amazing. Even if she DIDN’T EVEN TALK ABOUT THE MAKING OF TRAINWRECK AT ALL. Damn it to hell. I love
Bill Hader behind the scenes stuff. But no, in all seriousness…I want to marry Bill Hader. (But Emma, you ask, isn’t that because you’re willing to marry essentially any comedian/comedy writer/improv-ist/anyone who’s funny and taller than you? YES, YOU GOT ME. I AM IN LOVE WITH EVERY TALL, FUNNY PERSON IN THE WORLD.)
Bottom line: I know it’s not cool to like Amy Schumer anymore, and I totally get why it’s not. But this book was SO GOOD. I can guarantee it won’t be quite what you’d expect…and that’s a good thing.