Review: The Princess Diarist, Bossypants, and Why Not Me?

I’m grouping three more reviews together because: 1) I want to finish posting my 2017 books by the end of 2017. It’s a lofty goal. 2) Once you’ve read one celebrity memoir you’ve pretty much read them all.

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

Of these three women, Carrie Fisher is the one I love the most. I have worshipped and adored her (and Princess Leia) for as long as I can remember. I’m still sad she’s no longer with us. Eventually I plan on going back to read the other books she wrote.

The Princess Diarist wasn’t exactly what I expected yet I enjoyed it. I knew that she was mostly going to open up about her affair with Harrison Ford in this book, which she did, but the details she included were a little vague when I was hoping for something more juicy. Obviously Ford should never have cheated on his wife and I’d never say that’s okay, but this happened years before I even existed so I’m not here to pass yet another judgement on Carrie. I just wanted the details. I wanted to know what Harrison Ford would say in the morning and which side of the bed he slept on. Instead, young Carrie’s diary entries were angsty, which I don’t fault her for. If I was sleeping with Harrison Ford at 19, you can bet I’d have been an emotional mess too.

In typical Carrie fashion, this was very readable, funny, and insightful into celebrity culture. I appreciate how open she was about her emotions - just don't expect specifics on the gossip. 

Rating: 3/5 stars

 

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Before reading this I had only ever watched Mindy Kaling’s work in The Office, but Why Not Me? made me like Kaling even more. Her sense of humor is right up my alley.

Her description of the average day working on The Mindy Project made me exhausted just by reading it. I can't imagine doing everything she does and then being in front of a camera for hours. Some of the The Mindy Project references went over my head, because I hadn't watched it prior to reading. (After I read this, I binged all 6 seasons. The show sometimes lacked direction but it had plenty of funny moments, though it was way better pre-misogynistic Danny.) She didn't just talk about The Mindy Project though; she included her relationship with BJ Novak, a few small Office tidbits, and a great story about an unnamed celebrity who doesn't believe in vaccinations. I love that Mindy called that celebrity, whoever she was, out on that nonsense. 

On a more serious note, I loved Kaling's openness about body image. She can give me a pep talk on life any day!

Rating: 3.5/5 stars (Rounded up to 4 on Goodreads.)

 

Bossypants by Tina Fey

I like Tina Fey. She’s hilarious and talented. I still like Tina Fey after reading Bossypants, but I’m slightly confused as to why she even bothered writing it. There just didn’t seem to be a point to it, at all. She had some really funny stories, especially her awkward ones from the teenage years. I enjoyed those! And she talked a lot about when she played Sarah Palin on SNL.

Unfortunately none of her stories really connected. She jumped from topic to topic without a common theme, and as a result I didn’t really get an idea of why she’d earned the title of “Bossypants.” I still respect her as an entertainer, but I don’t think books are her speciality.

Rating: 2/5 stars