19 September 2016
Today I'm reviewing Amy Schumer's exciting new memoir...
When The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo* arrived on my doorstep I was more than a little excited to get stuck in after I had already been hearing amazing things about this book. In case you don't know who she is, Amy Schumer is a comedian who's known for her stand up shows & most recently her movie Trainwreck which came out mid last year. I generally find memoirs really interesting to read and today I wanted to sit down and tell you just a few things I really liked about her book...
The way she emphasised not caring what others think
I loved the way Amy spoke unapologetically about who she is and what she has done or is doing. It's refreshing to hear from someone who blatantly does not care about people criticising her because of her appearance, and that overtime she's become almost invincible to nonsense that doesn't matter. Amy is a strong, confident woman who can laugh at herself, but this book also shows she does indeed have vulnerability and she has made plenty of mistakes.
How she talked about the need for change of women's magazines
Reading her chapter 'Letter to the Editor' particularly struck a cord with me because it's definitely something I agree with. Amy spoke about a personal bad experience of being in a magazine, and related this to the overarching concern of unrealistic portrayals of women in magazines. It made me think again (as I do a lot) about the content in magazines and websites online aimed at young women. For me, I am often sick of seeing the same content over and over, and worse, content that is harmful to the development and thinking of teenage girls. This is a topic I'm really passionate about considering I want to work in magazines some day. I just feel like we could do a little better than we are currently, and Amy really bought this home for me.
How her vulnerability came through
You would expect a book from a comedian to be really hilarious all the time, and while the quota of entertaining and funny was certainly filled, the way she incorporated talking about sensitive topics such as her dad's illness and gun violence in America was really refreshing. I think she does a wonderful job at discussing pressing topics, with a balance of being serious but also making a jokes in the appropriate places.
The way she talked about sex
It's so ultimately refreshing to see someone talking brazenly about their sexual experiences and unapologetically loving sex. I don't know about you, but I feel like talking about taboo topics has started to become more popular recently, and it's nice to see these important discussions come out of the woodwork in different forms - books, YouTube, media, social media, etc. I think this ties in with feminism and how it's important to regard these topics as normal and good to talk about.
Overall I really enjoyed reading Amy Schumer's memoir as it offered a refreshing insight into her life while being very fun to read. Thanks to Harper Collins for providing me with a review copy.
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