Amy Poehler’s “Yes Please” is (refreshingly) filled with sex stories, life advice, and SNL memories. More like, “Thank you!”. Rating: 4/5
*This is book #2/35 for my 2015 book challenge. This was also book #2/6 for the ‘New, New, and New!’ group challenge. You can take a look at the reading challenge here.
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 is full of words to live by.
Yes Please was not hilarious. It wasn’t one of those humor books that you take with a grain of salt and chuckle throughout. It’s also not one of those boring memoirs that really only serve to make the author feel like they lived a worthwhile life while they brag about all the people they’ve met. Instead, it’s a little bit of both. Which, if you know anything about Amy Poehler, is pretty much exactly what you would expect from it.
I’ve seen a lot of reviews that say they were annoyed because Amy kept writing about how hard it was to write a book and they felt she was complaining. I can completely see where they’re coming from, but I think they’re missing that that is part of Amy’s humor. She’s also incredibly real. Poehler holds absolutely nothing back as she talks about her feelings toward divorce, being a parent, doing drugs and having sex. So why would she also hold back about how hard it is to be a working mom and write a book?
She had a lot of really great advice bits, especially for someone like me who went to school to be in the entertainment business. It was also a lot of fun to read her memories from being on SNL and the people she’s met and worked with along the way. It was beautiful to read her feelings toward her kids and her own parents. It was also really interesting to read her drug stories. For some reason, Amy wasn’t the kind of person I pictured getting stoned. I mean, it makes sense. The creative types normally do. But it was still really nice to read someone openly discussing things like drugs and sex in a way that didn’t glorify anything, but also didn’t hold back to try and stay on some weird pedestal because they’re a celebrity.
As a side note, if you get the chance to read the back of the book (which is only sold in Target), you really should. It was hysterical and was actually the main reason why I decided to buy the book and read it. Solid A+!
If you’re interested in reading my GoodReads updates from this book you can do so here. I must say, they’re quite entertaining. It will tell you exactly what I was thinking on certain pages.
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