[Fey's] dagger-sharp, extremely funny…Bossypants isn't a memoir. It's a spiky blend of humor, introspection, critical thinking and Nora Ephron-isms for a new generation.
Janet Maslin - New York Times,,
It’s probably unwise to expect soul-baring candor from a book with a made-up biographical note on the jacket flap. Those who hoped Tina Fey...would shed her comedic persona and play it straight are going to find her sort-of memoir, Bossypants, disappointing.... [Her memoir is] a collection of biographical essays and thematically related humor pieces rather than a straight chronological reminiscence.
Nicole Arthur - Washington Post
At first, Bossypants appears to be just more of the same...but inside lies a collection of autobiographical essays that should (but of course won't) prove once and for all that pretty is nowhere near as important as funny, and funny doesn't work without that rare balance of truth and heart.... In chapter after chapter, in a voice consistently recognizable as her own, Fey simply tells stories of her life.
Mary McNamara - Los Angeles Times
Oh Tina. I do slightly wish you hadn't.... Bossypants takes the interesting approach to memoir of remembering almost nothing, and providing "revelations" that might more accurately be called "concealments." Which isn't to say that it's unenjoyable. There are some hugely funny bits, and some inspiring bits, and some nerdishly interesting bits.... It's just the bookiness of it. Fey is out of her genre, and it shows.
Carole Cadwalladr - Guardian/Observer (UK)
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