A while ago, I made some goals for myself, one of which was to read more. I’m happy to report that I have absolutely read more, and my latest book, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, is worth sharing!
Amy Schumer is hysterical. She writes like her stand-up, so if you don’t like her humor, I don’t suggest reading it. Quick synopsis: it’s a compilation of short stories and memories from Amy’s life. She talks about her childhood, about life on the road as an early comic, her sexual experiences (nope, she’s never done anal), what it’s like to be famous and lists things that annoy her.
She talks openly about her father’s diagnosis with MS and how it impacted her life. If you’ve seen her movie, Trainwreck, you know a little bit about this. These stories hit close to home because my mom has an incurable disease. Amy writes how her dad gave up on life and I am lucky that my mom has the most incredible attitude. You would never know by looking at her that she is in constant pain. She doesn’t let it slow her down. She is amazing.
Back to Amy and her book.
She tells hilarious stories of being on a reality show comedy competition, of telling jokes to nuns and that she’s only had one one night stand in her life. It’s not all humor, though.
In one chapter she talks about a shooting that happened in Louisiana at one of her movie screenings that killed two women. Amy is so honest in her feelings and actually brought me to tears. But this time, tears of sadness. Amy quit her book tour and left Australia to come back to the States to be with the families. She then made it her mission to take on gun control in our country. The man who killed these young women had a history of mental illness, his family filed a restraining order against him saying he was a danger to himself and others and yet, he was still able to buy a gun online. I commend Amy.
In another disturbing chapter, she talks about a relationship with a man that turned emotionally and physically abusive. And the worst part, that she didn’t even realize she was being abused at the time. She uses her story and experience to tell the readers that they are worth something and deserve more from a relationship. Here’s one of my favorite quotes, “I know my worth. I embrace my power. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story. I will. I’ll speak and share and fuck and love, and I will never apologize for it. I am amazing for you, not because of you. I am not who I sleep with. I am not my weight. I am not my mother. I am myself. And I am all of you.”
I would say the book is certainly more humor than tragic. I loved that she referenced Cincinnati and it’s Skyline Chili because it is awesome. I loved that her message is to be yourself. I laughed, I cried, I would recommend it to a friend. 4 Stars!
Have you read this book? Who’s your favorite comedian?
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