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

Amy Schumer.jpgI don’t know much about Amy, other than she’s a comedian, and I saw her movie Trainwreck. But my friend let me borrow this book, and I enjoy things that are funny, so I gave it a whirl.

Funny story. I brought this book with me on a recent trip to Baltimore for work.  I was traveling with my friend Tom, and we flew Southwest with a stop through Chicago Midway. So the tricky thing about Southwest Airlines, for those of you not familiar, is there are no assigned seats. You are assigned a boarding order and then you can pick your seat based on that order. We had managed to get seats together for the flights up, but we were pretty far down the boarding order on the flights home. He was ahead of me and said he would try to save me a seat. However, by the time I got to board, the flight attendant told us to grab whatever middle seat was available. I try to pick the least skeevy looking people for my seat mates, so I found an older woman and a harmless looking dude and settled between them. I was impressed at how roomy it was. That’s when I realized I had picked an exit row. SCORE! Plenty of legroom was a nice trade-off for being in that dreaded middle spot. I got a text from Tom that he was saving me a middle seat in the back. “No thanks,” I texted back. “I got an exit row seat. #legroom”

The lady in the window seat was reading the New York Times from cover to cover. As the flight took off, I rifled through my backpack carryon and produced this book, and opened to the chapter entitled “An Open Letter to My Vagina.” Immediately, I realized the hilarity of the situation with me reading about vaginas and the lady next to me, whose blazer probably cost as much as my car payment, was perusing something a bit more highbrow.

Anyway, Amy would probably say, F that lady. I think she and I would totally be friends if we ever met. She’s way more crass than I am, but I think we’d play off each other’s senses of humor really well.

Her book is really well done. Not only is it funny, but it also has touching moments that you aren’t expecting, so they hit you right in the feels. Like when she talks about her dad’s battle with MS. Or the women who were murdered in a movie theater which was showing her movie, Trainwreck.

She’s not for everyone. You’re going to read about weird sex stuff that might make you uncomfortable. She is unapologetic for who she is. I respect the hell out of her for that. She has a new fan in me after I read this book.

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