Title: The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo
Author: Amy Schumer
Release date: August 2016
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: Approx. 6hrs
Description (from goodreads): 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 decided to pick this book on a whim. I needed an audiobook for my commute, and it’s the first one that seemed interesting (and not too long) on OverDrive. Bonus point, it’s read by Amy Schumer. I’m a sucker for memoirs read by their author.
To be honest, I didn’t really know who she was. I mean, sure I’ve seen Trainwreck (love it) and I’ve watched her HBO special, but that’s about it. I think she’s hilarious, but I wasn’t a “fan”, at least not until I read her book.
What I was expecting: a whole lot of sex jokes.
What I got: a bunch of sex jokes mixed in with some funny life/family anecdotes mixed in with some more serious stuff. A perfect balance.
She talks about women in the entertainment industry, about her childhood and realizing your parents can make mistakes and how gutting it can be, she touches a bit on her dating life, but she also talks about more serious topics like physical and sexual abuse.
I really appreciated her honesty and her ability to keep the tone of the book light even when she was speaking about difficult issues.
Amy Schumer has a very lively personality, and I wish I had half of her self-confidence. I’m definitely going to check out her TV show and whatever movies she makes in the future.
All in all, I highly recommend this book if you like memoirs, humour, Amy Schumer or all of the above! :p