Friday, September 16, 2016

Review: The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

323 pages
Published August 16th 2016 by Gallery Books

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.

Okay, I'm not going to to lie to you. I've been on fence about Amy Schumer all along. One day I really like her and then the next day I watch an interview and think hmmm maybe not. But I had to buy this book the second it came out. Why? Because, whether I agree with her or not, I can count on Amy to make me think AND laugh until I cry. 

The synopsis promises that this book is like "the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friends" and that's the most accurate way to describe The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. One second Amy is telling you all about a sexual encounter and then you start a new chapter and she goes down an emotional route to discuss her father, mother, or her experience with rape. It really does feel like you're having a glass of wine with a friend. The conversation is never serious for too long, yet you cover an array of topics that wouldn't go together otherwise. I expected this book to be crude, maybe even too over-the-top, but it wasn't. It was sincere, just the right amount of funny, and I learned one very important thing: Amy Schumer is a lot more than just a polarizing comedian. She's a badass. And I am all in now: I'm a fan.  
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