Yes Please by Amy Poehler
The SNL alumni’s first book almost didn’t get published because she constantly wanted to quit writing it. But thank goodness that she didn’t. Aside from the interesting stories she shares about her years on various TV shows and the personal essays about her younger years, she also gives out advice addressed to both girls and guys. And although she talks about more mature topics such as divorce and having kids, the teens reading the book will still pick up some valuable life hacks (such as what drugs not to take in and what to do when you’re having a panic attack.)
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Another book by a former SNL cast member that’s not only extremely funny, but also educational in a way. As the title suggests, she talks about being the head bitch and even states in the introduction “if you’re a woman and you bought this book for practical tips on how to make it in a male dominated workplace, here they are.” There’s so much to learn from this mother of two and the best thing about it is that it doesn’t feel like a memoir but rather a long witty letter from a good friend.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling is the girl everyone should emulate. On top of being stunning and intimidatingly funny, you’ll figure out from her book that she doesn’t tolerate bullshit nor does she let the small things get her down. She admits she’s not one to be giving out advice considering all her imperfections but she does give out opinions and some non-traditional advice in her book. The main reason that you should pick this book up is that she talks about “romance, female friendships, unfair situations that now seem funny in retrospect, unfair situations that I still don’t think are funny, Hollywood, heartache, and my childhood” in the most honest and interesting way possible.
GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
If you ever need some inspiration, remind yourself that at some point in Sophia’s life, she had a hernia and a boring desk job but now she drives a Porsche and runs her own company while wearing vintage YSL stilettos. She’s living the dream and it’s all because she had a vision and worked her butt off to make that vision into reality. In her memoir, she talks about being a CEO and gives out advice on how to become one yourself. This girl started a fashion phenomenon so you’d expect some sartorial advice and out of everything she’s said, this is my favorite. You can buy fashion, not style and she summed it up by saying “Fashion is what's trending, style is your attitude, and you can't buy individuality.” Amen.
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
The creator of the hit show Girls might not be everyone’s cup of tea but her first book was definitely a hit. If you didn’t know, Lena is an award winning actress, author, screenwriter, producer and director plus she's not afraid to say and do what she wants. This book might have some controversial chapters (she talks about being sexually assaulted and playing with her little sister’s genitals) but that’s what makes it so fascinating. The book is a reflection of her notorious, eccentric and quirky personality and that’s what makes it such a good read.
- Victoria Urrutia
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