Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central’s Upright Citizens Brigade? Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter on Saturday Night Live, and in movies like Baby Mama, Blades of Glory, and They Came Together? Do you find yourself daydreaming about hanging out with the actor behind the brilliant Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation? Did you wish you were in the audience at the last two Golden Globes ceremonies, so you could bask in the hilarity of Amy’s one-liners?
If your answer to these questions is “Yes Please!” then you are in luck. In her first book, one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy, Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice. With chapters like “Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend,” “Plain Girl Versus the Demon” and “The Robots Will Kill Us All” Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh. Honest, personal, real, and righteous, Yes Please is full of words to live by.
I absolutely love Amy Poehler – from her hilarious interviews on Late Night with Seth Meyers to her laugh-out-loud movie roles in Mean Girls and Sisters to her totally relatable and quirky character Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation (if you have no idea what I’m talking about, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?!?!?!?!). So, obviously, I had to pick it up. But typically, I don’t read memoirs and the like, simply because they just don’t to hold my attention and enthusiasm, and even though I did have reservations about Yes Please, SPOILER ALERT: I adored it.
The memoir was candid, uncensored, and unbridled – she checked every box on my list of expectations, and then some; her no-BS attitude was so refreshing and the way she just poured out her heart got me like:
She was just so honest and completely unashamed of her past, which just made me love her even more. And at the same time, she was incredibly funny and witty! For me, that’s not even humanly possible. With that said…WHY IS SHE NOT MY BEST FRIEND?!?!?
Anyway, my favorite parts of the book were when she shared stories of her grueling road to stardom, her SNL days, and her two children because it showed that she was a normal human being like the rest of us and didn’t think too highly of herself, even though she’s wildly successful. She was humble, relatable, and supremely wise – the advice she imparted was insightful and unique, but not generic or preachy at all. She subtly teaches us how to embrace our flaws, appreciate our lives, and not want “pudding,” along with a myriad of other life lessons. Yes Please is most definitely not a self-help book; it’s more of a celebration of life and all its graces.
That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. Good for her! Not for me.
It’s hard to really say anything about Yes Please, since it’s a memoir and doesn’t have a plot or characters, but whatever, I love talking (or more accurately, writing), so I’m just gonna keep going – I really liked her writing style too; it was super simple and easy to read. Along with eye-catching and motivational illustrations (“Nothing Is Anyone’s Business” and “Forget the Facts and Remember the Feelings”), Poehler’s prose was engaging and immersive through and through because I felt like she was talking directly to me, just like an old friend instead of like a greedy Hollywood opportunist.
I hope Amy Poehler decides to write another book because I did truly enjoy Yes Please, and I’m sure that, just like Mindy Kaling, her sophomore venture would exceed all expectations just as Yes Please did. If you want a light, summery, and hilarious read, then shout a resounding “Yes” to Yes Please. It’s a heartwarming, inspiring, and kindhearted narrative that probably won’t keep you up all night, but will keep you smiling all day for sure.
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About the Author
Amy Poehler is a writer, actress, producer, and director. She lives in New York City and Los Angeles with her two boys. She hopes this book will get her invited onto her hero Judge Judy’s yacht, Triumphant Lady.
Amazon Customer Rating: ★★★★☆ (2000+ reviews)
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