Yes Please by Amy Poehler
In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by.
I’m not an Amy Poehler fan. I don’t dislike her. I just don’t know very much about her, other than that she is the voice of Joy in Pixar’s Inside Out. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I were an actual fan.
This book is a mix of things: a somewhat jumbled chronology of her life, a compilation of random stories and poems, with nuggets of wisdom interspersed throughout. I appreciated her desire to be honest. I enjoyed the portions that discussed pregnancy, labor, and motherhood because I could relate.
The middle of the book focused on her time on Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation. I don’t watch either of these shows, so these sections were over my head. There was a lot of name dropping that was lost on me.
A lot of the book was supposed to be funny…I think. But it didn’t really resonate with me. I’m a pretty serious person. I’m really not into comedy. Hence the reason I don’t watch SNL (and I cannot stay up that late).
The writing is not great. Many sections read like a resume, with listings of dates and shows or theaters or buildings. I found myself bored several times while listening to this audiobook.
If you’re a fan of Amy Poehler, by all means, read this book. If you’re not a fan, you can probably skip this one.
My Rating: 2 Stars
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