Title: The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
Author: Amy Schumer
So today I have a review of The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo and a giveaway – a hardback copy of the book!
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.
Prepare yourselves for plenty of vagina talk, cause there’s lots in The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo – and it ranges from the ridiculous to the real ‘Oh I’ve been there!’ moments, which is what makes this book so relatable!
I really enjoyed this autobiography of Amy Schumer’s life, from childhood to where she is today, and (almost) everything in between. There’s plenty of chuckles and Amy’s dry sense of humour shines through, which I find really amusing to read, but this is interspersed with sudden more serious chapters, which do make you stop and think. It’s an odd mixture, in a way, but not if you view it as a whole – ie. about the many things that have affected Amy, as a female, and so of course vaginas will feature, as well as some very awkward (and some downright awful) sexual encounters. There’ll also be lots on the way she’s treated as a female comedian – not just a comedian, mind, other people (particularly men it seems) feel the need to point out her sex before the ‘comedian’ part – and dealing with family, relationships and friend issues throughout her life.
One of my favourite parts of the novel were the various ‘journal entries’, with a commentary from Amy which made me laugh.
It’s a pretty easy, quick read and I raced through it in a few days. Some parts I found more interesting and/or funny to read about than others, but I did end this book feeling entertained and also quite empowered as a woman. So that can’t be a bad thing!