Amy Schumer has, within the last two years, gone from a relatively unknown standup comic to a Hollywood A-list actress. Her first movie, “Trainwreck,” cemented her spot in Hollywood by being the rare comedic film that not only does well at the box office, but pleases the critics as well.
Her first book, “The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo,” is part memoir, part collection of humorous essays. “The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo” is easily readable, intelligent and quite funny.
The reader is treated to Schumer’s reflections and musings on her life, from her luxurious start in Manhattan as a child born to extremely wealthy parents, to her parents’ subsequent financial woes and divorce. We see her rise from a struggling standup comic in New York to writing and starring in the lead role in a wide-release comedy film.
The book is lighthearted, full of heart, and above all, honest. Written largely as a love letter to New York, Amy Schumer gives the reader a peek inside the mind of a woman who has made it to the top of the entertainment business without losing a certain sense of appeal that ties her to the common person. She flaunts her flaws, and an unmistakable sense of confidence permeates from her words.
Schumer gives us funny anecdotes about wine, pasta and the absurd situations she’s found herself in as a female comic, along with musings on gun violence and sexual abuse. Schumer is able to turn between the serious and the absurd on a dime, and it keeps the book interesting without ever becoming too silly.
“The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo” is one of the few books currently out with an audiobook sure to please the average person more than the hardcopy. Schumer narrates the book herself, and her prose is unquestionably complemented by her voice. The reader, rather, the listener, is easily able to decipher which parts of the book are more serious than others. Schumer can pull at the reader’s heart or make them laugh with one sentence.
Schumer does not write the book like it’s a treat for the reader to get a peek inside her life; it’s not written from the vantage point of the clouds, looking down on all the rest. It reads like it is an extended, interesting conversation with a good friend that can be gotten through in one day. It is an absolute delight from start to finish.