Book Review – The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo

The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo
By Amy Schumer
Simon & Schuster
Rating: ***

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.


I watched Amy Schumer’s show The Leather Special recently, and I didn’t really find it funny. I’ve seen some of her movies too and as much as I enjoyed them, I wasn’t bent over laughing or snorting either. HOWEVER her book REALLY surprised me. It made me laugh out loud a numerous amount of times. Some of her jokes in her book made me laugh a lot, the same jokes in her show I didn’t react to. I think the way she writes is brilliant, funny, honest and relatable.

Amy shares parts of her life with you through honest, joyous, sad and funny essays. She also shares old diary entries which she makes notes on and there are lots of photos of herself, family in friends intertwined throughout too. Amy’s life is really interesting, whilst growing up her once rich family fell into poverty and Amy shares her shop lifting stories. She shares her highs and lows in life and how she worked her ass off to get where she is today. Her work ethic is so commendable and I admire her climb up the ladder to be where she is now. She is proof that hard work can go a really long way.

As well as her life highs and comedic entries of sex, relationships, jobs and friends she also shares the heartbreaking moments like how her Dad gets ill and how she was raped. She talks about the shooting that happened at a showing of her film Trainwreck. Also her abusive relationship she was once in. Amy has been through a lot and this book shows how she learns, and grows she is not ashamed of anything that has happened in her life and her openness is something I think we should all admire and take heed of.

I may not have laughed much at Amy’s show, but her book really stood out to me and her raw and honest delivery in writing was fantastic, it has been one of my favourite celebrity memoirs I have read in a while. I have always loved what Amy stands for she is a strong, confident woman who doesn’t pretend to be anyone but herself. She brings up important subjects and issues such as sex, feminism, and rape and gun culture, I felt like her opinions were all valid and brave. Any woman who likes to sit inside on her own eating pasta, is my kind of lady!!

For a comedian this book is full of warmth and depth it isn’t just joke, joke joke, I really enjoyed reading more about Amy and her life, who she is and how she got to where she is today.

If you are a fan of Amy Schumer or not I recommend giving this book a read. I enjoyed reading her memoirs and hope one day she will write another book. Katie x

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