“I’m a real woman who digests her meals and breaks out and has sweet little pockets of cellulite on her upper thighs that she’s not apologizing for.”
This book blew me away. Rarely, especially after finishing a book, do I find myself truly speechless. You may think you know Amy Schumer, whether you have seen one of her shows, or follow her on Twitter, I can pretty much guarantee you, you don’t.
This book should come with a warning. Within its seemingly harmless cover, it contains gun violence, sexual assault, domestic violence, and alcoholism. Amy didn’t come to play around. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo is more than clever, humorous, and a trip down Memory Lane. It’s inappropriate in the best possible way, it’s a voice that refuses to be stifled, and it’s a necessary call-to-action.
Her crude (I love it), openness towards sex is refreshing for anyone who isn’t afraid to see and admit to the ugly side of gettin’ down. I could see how her referring to her vagina as a small, barnyard animal could be offputting to some people, but I personally find her blatant honesty part of her charm. She doesn’t pretend to be anything that she isn’t and she most definitely doesn’t apologize for it. Amy Schumer is a champion for women (even if she doesn’t want to be).
“The ‘plus-size’ label sends an us-vs.-them message… Why create categories for women’s bodies? ‘Plus-size’ is a pointless term that implies that anything above a certain size is different and wrong.”
Don’t fret, she doesn’t stop there.
Amy reveals shocking truths from her past, masterfully woven to create an emotional rollercoaster for her readers that will keep you turning pages until you finally find yourself at the end, but begging for more. I found myself, literally, laughing out loud on the subway like an awkward idiot, and 10 pages later fighting tears (I failed and now I’m that girl). Amy makes you feel like her best friend and if you have seen things or felt similar things that she paints in The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, she makes you feel like she understands the inner-workings of your mind. This book was surprising to me in an indescribable way. I didn’t expect this to be anything but extremely funny, but now it’s the book you’ll never get me to stop talking about (but please read on).
She opens up about losing her virginity, her shoplifting days, male-suiters who crossed the line, her family issues, watching her father fight MS, women in the public eye, losing weight for her movie, and her most terrible case of heartbreak that she will never recover from.
If you were to buy this book and decide that it really isn’t your plate of pasta, please read the Mayci and Jillian chapter. It has the strongest message, contains the most emotion, and had the biggest impact on me. (It should be noted that it is October 2nd, 2017, and there was just a terrorist attack in Las Vegas last night at a country concert.)
July 23, 2015, is a date Amy will never forget. At a showing of her movie Trainwreck in Lafayette, Louisiana two girls, Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson, were murdered by a disturbed man, a terrorist, who went to the theater with the intention of hurting women.
Gun violence is not okay and everyone needs to get angry and demand gun reform. I, like Amy I might add, have many gun-owning family/friends and I want to stress that I have no problem with people owning guns. However, I think they shouldn’t be so easy to get ahold of when you are mentally disturbed, blind (why would a visually impaired person want a gun?), or on the terrorist watch list (but call me crazy!).
“I’m just an American who thinks we can have more common sense about keeping our families, children, and friends from being shot to death by an unstable person who never should have been able to get his hands on a gun in the first place.”
For more information on ending gun violence and to get involved visit Everytown for Gun Safety.
Let me know how you feel about this problematic topic in the comments below, I’d love to hear what you think! Do you want stricter gun laws?
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