This book blew me away. I have read countless other books such as Lean In, #GirlBoss, and The Woman Code. This book stood out and in my opinion is betThis book blew me away. I have read countless other books such as Lean In, #GirlBoss, and The Woman Code. This book stood out and in my opinion is better than all of them, by far. I grew up watching MTV after school and TRL. I remember La La and didn't think much of her at the time or since really. I didn't realize how much of a success she has become and all of the things she has managed to accomplish since her days on MTV. I am amazed at La La's ability to give advice and not sound pretentious, she tells her story with humility but also with confidence.
Reading this book I felt like I had gained La La as a mentor or a big sister. If you have struggled to find a mentor or are currently looking for one, pick up this book! We often think of mentor relationships as personal and few things can replace having that personal connection with a mentor but this book comes as close as I have ever seen. I listened to this book in audio book form on my drive into work in the morning. It worked out perfectly since the chapters were about 20-30 min long (the same amount of time as my commute) and they put me in a great mood ready to tackle the day. This feels dreadfully cliche to say but every woman should read this book!
What set La La's book apart from the rest: La La mentions a lot of things that aren't new and will probably be familiar to you as well. What's different is obviously her personal story but also how she marries together the drive to be successful with the ability to be admired/respected/liked. She spends the majority of her time talking about integrity, earning respect, creating your brand (and how to reinvent your brand if you need to do that), as well as how to build others up and make others successful with you. Her story has a healthy dose of humility and La La emphasizes the importance of having a good heart and just being an overall good person throughout your success - that is what made me love La La's book and why it stands out from other similar books that I have read. ...more
After reading The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, I am even more convinced that Amy and I are the same person, or I would at least like to think so.After reading The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, I am even more convinced that Amy and I are the same person, or I would at least like to think so. Without including any spoilers, we share so many similarities which made her book easy to read and relate to. This book is kind of what you would expect from Amy, she's funny at times and also brutally honest at others. Like many other reviewers, I didn't find this book as funny as I thought it was going to be. She starts out the book with a disclaimer that she is not here to offer any advice, but I would say that this book reads more like a self-help book/memoir than a humorous book. She admits that inserting humor into some of the most painful situations or memories is something she has learned to do from a young age but the humor is a garnish/side dish and not the main dish of this book.
At times her stories are utterly heartbreaking and she demonstrates real vulnerability, at other times it reads like a big middle finger to many of the societal norms we perpetuate today.
I particularly liked the sections discussing how she developed into a comedian and the path she had to take to get where she is today. It was consistent with what I have heard from other comedians and experienced myself in the limited stand-up experience that I have. I also appreciate that she did use this platform to do some soap boxing on important issues that need to be called to attention. I was debating between 3/4 stars but ultimately settled on 3 just because I think this book tried to be different things at once without being a grand slam home run but if you love Amy you will enjoy the glimpse into who Amy is behind the big laughs....more