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

The Girl with the Lower Back TattooThe Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Release Date: August 16, 2016
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Publisher’s Description:

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 friend—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.

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo is comedian Amy Schumer’s memoir. She writes it in a series of essays about her life. Some are funny and classic Schumer. By which I mean sexually graphic, vulgar, peppered with the most offensive swear words you can think of – and totally hilarious. Some are surprisingly serious, like the ones about her parents’ divorce or her dad’s multiple sclerosis. Amy is not afraid to share the most personal details of her life. She even talks about being sexually assaulted – a particularly heartbreaking story. Luckily, she alternates between funny and heavy memories, giving you a chance to recover from the sad essays. She dishes on celebrities and for the most part names names, except for a section on which famous people she’s slept with. (Come on, I want to know that the most!)

I listened to the audio version of this book, which I highly recommend. I can’t imagine that it would be nearly as funny in print. Fans of her show and stand-up will love it. If you are easily offended or have delicate sensibilities, this is not the book for you. If you are undecided, watch a couple of episodes of her television show or one of her stand-up specials. If you can handle those, then you are good to go. If you are already a fan of Amy’s, I highly recommend The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. You will love it.

  • rhapsodyinbooks

    Sounds like a great book for the car. Thanks for the review!

  • Kate Scott

    I’ve read a lot of positive reviews of this one but I’m not sure I would like it. I’m not a fan of Schumer. She’s a little too…how shall I put it…Jennifer Lawrence for my taste.

  • S.G. Wright

    I did see her movie Trainwreck which was pretty raunchy stuff. Funny though. She’s surprisingly graphic about her sex life. Not sure I need her memoir, but I’m sure I’ll see her again in something.