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

29405093The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Published August 16th 2016

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.

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I was sent a copy of this book from the publisher and I was pretty excited about it. I’m on a quest to expand my reading horizons and I’ve really wanted to read more nonfiction.
I’ve never seen any of Amy Schumer’s stand up and I’m not that familiar with her movies. I actually don’t really know anything about her. But I thought The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo would probably be funny so I was excited to read it.
However, Amy’s brand of comedy and humor aren’t for me. There was a few things in this book that I thought was funny but most of it wasn’t. I’m not very sensitive to crude humor but there was some stuff that was a little much for me. I felt awkward just reading some of the jokes in this book. There was a few thousand (not even an exaggeration) too many vagina jokes for me. A lot of the jokes felt repetitive.
Amy was really judgmental as well and it really brought this book down for me.
I do appreciate how hard Amy works and how she’s made her mark as a comedian. It’s not easy being a female comedian but Amy Schumer has worked her butt off to get where she is. I really admire her for that.

Overall, this book didn’t have the humor I was expecting and it was just not for me. Comedy is so subjective so my opinion doesn’t have a lot of weight in the quality of the humor. If you’re a fan of Amy and you like her stand up and whatnot, you’ll probably enjoy this book. But if you’re not familiar with her comedy like I was, I’d recommend looking into a few Youtube videos of her stand up or something before buying this book.

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