Yes Please - Amy Poehler | Book Review

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Pages: 288 pages, Ebook
Publication date: October 28th, 2014
Publisher: Harper Avenue
How I got the copy: Bought 
Rating:  3 out of 5
Genre: Humor
Series: N/A



We’d get to hang out with Amy Poehler, watching dumb movies, listening to music, and swapping tales about our coworkers and difficult childhoods. Because in a perfect world, we’d all be friends with Amy — someone who seems so fun, is full of interesting stories, tells great jokes, and offers plenty of advice and wisdom (the useful kind, not the annoying kind you didn’t ask for, anyway). Unfortunately, between her Golden Globe-winning role on Parks and Recreation, work as a producer and director, place as one of the most beloved SNL alumni and cofounder of the Upright Citizens Brigade, involvement with the website Smart Girls at the Party, frequent turns as acting double for Meryl Streep, and her other gig as the mom of two young sons, she’s not available for movie night.

Luckily, we have the next best thing: Yes Please, Amy’s hilarious and candid book. A collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and haiku from the mind of one of our most beloved entertainers, Yes Please offers Amy’s thoughts on everything from her “too safe” childhood outside of Boston to her early days in New York City, her ideas about Hollywood and “the biz,” the demon that looks back at all of us in the mirror, and her joy at being told she has a “face for wigs.” Yes Please is a chock-full of words and wisdom to live by.


Well, well, well. I think I've been putting this off for a while... I wanted to love this, especially from all the hype I've been hearing about it since it's release date but I just didn't love it. 

Let me just say, I love these types of books, autobiography, memoir's and humour books. Maybe the fact that it's by a comedian, I expected too much humour from her writing. The book was entertaining but the fact that Poehler does improv I think I expected even more from this.

Yes Please is compiled with many short stories about Amy Poelher's life, thoughts and experiences with a story or two by a good friend.

Some of the points Poehler discusses in her book I thought were genius and great life reflections and aspirations, which I hope people reading this book reflect on too, we need more books telling it how it really is. Telling it how it is about life, struggles and success. Poehler doesn't fluff the fact that she get's help from a nanny since she's had kids, she see's it as a blessing for her family, not something to hid because she's seeked help. Juggling work and family, as I've grown to see is something difficult. 

It's really refleshing to read about celebrities being real instead of "faking it" to be seen in a certain persona or to be seen as perfect.

It's great that readers get a glimps of Poehler's life about her work, personal life and future goals. I think it's so interesting to get glimps of celebrties lives... well, I find it interesting to get glimps of anyones life really. Everyone is just so interesting!

I would have probably enjoyed this book more if I was a bigger Amy Poehler fan. I don't really follow any of her work, neither SNL but I have watched Baby Mama and I thought it was entertaining and homorous. That was why I was inclinded on reading Yes Please (with the obvious hype over the book community also giving me a push), if I had no interest in Amy Poehler, I wouldn't have pick this up.

After reading this, I think I'll be more aware of Amy Poehler and her work, she seems like a very interesting and honest person, which I value so much about a person.  

I recommended this to people who are already Amy Poehlers' fans.


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