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.
I decided I really liked Amy Schumer when she made a guest appearance on an episode of The Bachelorette two summers ago. Turns out she’s a HUGE bachelor fan! So Amy Schumer and I have the same guilty TV pleasure…who knew! And while I don’t watch Inside Amy Schumer, I loved her movie Trainwreck. So the release of her new book was on my radar and I’ve waited since JULY to get it as an audiobook! And I have to say, if you’re at all interested in this book, get the audiobook. Amy narrates her book and it’s like hanging out with her for 6 hours. It’s funny, entertaining, interesting and enlightening. But yes, there’s language and at times she can be VERY crude so I can see that could be an issue for some people.
I really didn’t have any idea what this book was going to be about so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Amy Schumer covers a wide range of topics, some really funny, some self-depracating, and some very serious. Some of my favorite chapters were: “I am an introvert,” “Things That Make Me Really Furious,” “On Being New Money,” and the “Excerpts From My Journal” where she reads from her journals starting at age 12 to mid-20’s and then adds “footnotes from 2016.” Too funny. There were also serious chapters involving her dad and mom as well as gun violence which I found enlightening.
So for the past few days, whether out walking my dog, running errands, making dinner etc I’ve had headphones glued to my ears listening to this audiobook and on several occasions laughing out loud. I’ve gotten strange looks from my family as well as other drivers but that’s ok because I really enjoyed listening to this book. And I appreciate the fact that she shared some really personal stuff with us. Now, that’s not to say I didn’t fast forward through some kind of boring sections (there were a couple) but for the most part I would recommend this and say if you don’t mind some bad/crude language and the occasional graphic description of some of her “mess-ups” then you might enjoy The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo