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“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 think it was Jon Stewart who pointed out that if you are going to be a smart ass, you’d better be smart. This applies to Amy Schumer in spades. No matter what you think of her unabashed feminist, usually explicit humor, I think you’ll have a hard time emerging from this book without the understanding that Amy is first and foremost, smart as hell. I love her. I have loved her for years and have seen her live a few times and have watched every episode of her show, so I am not exactly walking in to this as an impartial judge, full disclosure.

 

The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo is Amy Schumer’s first book, a memoir, and the stories vary wildly from light to very, very dark. As she is with her comedy, she continues to be candid about the difficulties in her life. Among other topics, she shares with us the nonconsensual way she lost her virginity, several stories about her family dealing with her father’s MS, and an abusive boyfriend from the past. She swings between silly and devastating. I listened to this as an audiobook and she narrates it herself like a boss.

 

I am in deep awe of her ability to be vulnerable and to admit mistakes. Also I admire her willingness to walk right in to political situations, like gun control, with an opinion. She is fully aware that people will criticize her and tell her that it’s not her place, but she does not GAF. Even the titular back tattoo story is great. She knows it’s stupid, it looks terrible, and yet she is proud of how it is part of her and what she’s been through and she is keeping it. Girl is fierce.

 

Will you be won over if you don’t already like her? I have no idea, maybe not. But if she has ever made you laugh, I think you’ll love it. This is the last of my memoir streak (for now) now back to your usual station. I’m trying to cram in some fun thriller type books before some long anticipated new releases from Ann Patchett and Ian McEwan.

 

Grade – B+