I’ve been on a kick of buying my favourite female celebrity books lately. And recently, in a purchase from Amazon, I picked up the new book by Amy Schumer. Say what you will about Amy Schumer but she’s flipping hilarious. She says what she thinks with a smart alecness not found in many comedians these days. She’s somebody to look up to both in style, humour, and personality. Plus she’s ridiculously successful and most of her social media feeds are pretty damn relatable. Maybe celebrities really are just like us…..
Whatever. Anyway. This book is a collection of essays from her life, a trend that’s gaining in popularity amongst the rich and famous it seems like, but the great thing is that it wasn’t what I expected. In the best way. I was triggered in some chapters but she presented the material in such a way that I knew what was coming and was able to take a breather when I needed one. And I could not stop laughing in some parts. This book has a wide array of emotions, topics, and depth to it that was a fresh sigh of relief. It wasn’t like other memoirs I’ve read before, except for maybe Amy Poehler’s Yes Please (another fantastic read), and it was lovely.
What I was really surprised by was her sincere dedication to feminism, ending gun violence, and more importantly, making sure her readers and listeners knew that they were more than just what the media was trying to spoon feed us as important. She’s authentically herself in the good, the bad, and the viciously ugly. And she’s a great reminder that it may not get easier but it does get easier.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who’s interested in a celebrity who isn’t a size 2, is hilarious, and brings a ton to the table. Schumer is a necessary force in today’s tabloid obsession with the vain, vapid, and uber skinny. And she’s a breath of fresh air in the celebrity game.
SO moral of the story? PICK UP THIS BOOK. It’s hilarious, has a few f bombs, reminds us why it’s so important to be knowledgeable, and why sometimes, it’s alright to laugh at the bad parts in life because sometimes, that’s all we can do. But we mustn’t ever give up. Not then, not now, not ever.
Favourite Quote: 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.
2nd favourite quote: Isn’t it sad that wehn a girl says she was sexually assaulted, our first instinct is to think she’s probably lying? Statistics and facts tell us the exact opposite. We demand ‘perfect victims’ who better not have been drinking or hanging out at a party in a short skirt or revealing dress or have ever been known to enjoy sex.