I had extremely low expectations for this book. In fact, at first I was against reading it at all. Not only is Amy Schumer someone I could give or take, but 300+ pages of her raw and self-deprecating humor seemed trivial, uninteresting and not worth the time it would take the read the book. So it’s a near miracle that I say now that not only do I not think this book was a waste of time, but I liked it. Like, really liked it.
“One of the first times I was paparazzied, they caught me stand-up paddleboarding in Hawaii. I didn’t even recognize myself. I saw the shots in magazines and thought, Oh, cool, Alfred Hitchcock is alive and loves water sports.”
Non-fiction short stories aren’t even really my ‘thing’ either. I don’t usually choose this genre. But I found this book to be not just funny (as one would expect), but relevant, empowering, even moving at times. I have an entirely new outlook on who Amy Schumer is and where she comes from. I see a woman who’s been through a series of very low lows and very high highs. And those experiences have created a successful, strong, self-aware woman who you can’t help but relate to… maybe that was the biggest surprise of all? I didn’t think there’d be much to relate to, but she is so vulnerable and presumably authentic that it’s hard not to respect where she’s been and what she’s doing with her life. She writes so candidly about her experiences with abuse, family, gun control, sexuality, feminism, relationships, body image, career, etc and does it with such uncensored humor that you can’t help but grow to like The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo (book and person).
“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.”
Granted, this book’s not perfect. I still struggle with some gross-out factor of a few things (like when she goes into detail about various odors of the human body). And although I liked the book, I didn’t love it… but I think it’d have to be an entirely new genre to get beyond like. So if you’re on the fence, definitely give Amy Schumer a chance. She might surprise you like she surprised me.