Greatness Revealed: THE GIRL WITH THE LOWER BACK TATTOO by Amy Schumer

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo



By Amy Schumer
Read by: Amy Schumer
Simon and Schuster | Simon and Schuster Audio
August 2016
Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins


Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.




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.


My Take Oblong Shaped

This book is fantastic, funny and brutally honest. At least it feels completely honest to me.

It completely changed how I think about Amy Schumer and her persona.  Her persona is hilarious and sexually free, maybe what we used to call loose. Now I believe she has constructed her persona to challenge the public on our beliefs about sexuality.  The real Amy Schumer is there in her comedy, but we often mistake what someone says and does for who they are. People have mistaken my reading and reviewing erotic literature as an indication of my own sexual activity.  Trust me it is n0t.

Mostly though, I was blown away by Ms. Schumer’s honesty, her unrelenting honesty and open. It does feel as if she has had a lot of therapy and often has the  feel of “therapy-speak.”  But the evident couch-time doesn’t detract from the raw, openness of Schumer’s writing.

Speaking of writing: One thing I learned about Schumer is that she is first and foremost a writer and performer. That her work is a lightning rod for social issues like sexuality and, more importantly the totally un-funny, and personal issues, of gun control, domestic abuse and rape, is what powers her work.  She truly works at the craft and has an amazing work ethic.

Also surprising were her discussions about people with learning disabilities and how she has worked in the field (an acceptance of maturity-based cross-incentives), her understanding of position and money and generosity.   And, her sexuality, her body and her heart are owned by herself and not the public. 

This book, and her personal and occasionally broken-voiced narration, offered a view of Schumer I never expected to have, and fostered an admiration for her I never expected to feel. 

The book is awesome and so is Amy Schumer.  It’s a total girl crush for me, and the book is a MUST READ for anyone with a sense of humor.


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