Are you a fan of Amy Poehler? Take a look and see what myself and others thought of her memoir.
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.
I love Amy Poehler and I pretty much love everything she does, so you can understand my excitement for this book. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting but it also didn’t disappoint. Amy’s writing is as sunny as her deposition. Even when she is writing about bad experiences she has been through, she’s characteristically upbeat. Forever looking for the good in the bad, Amy writes candidly about parenthood, her divorce and other things all women go through at some point.
I think the biggest mistake people make with this book is expecting it to be hilarious. Although it is funny in parts, it’s not a comedy book. I know a lot of people have complained about the ‘name dropping’ but I personally enjoyed reading about her Emmy pranks, Tina and Amy’s origin story and her early improv days. The highlight for me is how honestly Amy writes about taking ownership for bad things you’ve done and tackling body image. After a while, the chapters dedicated to her early improv days got a little tiresome but it’s a big part of her life and I respect that. I enjoyed this book, but I can see that it’s not for everyone.
WHAT DID OTHERS THINK?
I found this a difficult book to review, because I kept changing my mind about it. At first I loved it, after a while I got bored of it, and I ended up somewhere in the middle.
When I first started reading it, I really loved the enthusiasm to it: she has a very open and honest style that I found refreshing and uplifting. She traces her life, from her childhood, university, career, motherhood and divorce, and talks openly about her life and her work. I found it interesting in that it provides a very personal insight into the life of someone who seems very different to me and that’s always interesting. But as the book went on, the cheeriness of the style began to seem too forced, until I could no longer always tell whether she was being serious or sarcastic; whether she meant something literally or not.
As she talks about her growing career, she talks about the people she has met and worked with along the way. The book is filled with anecdotes and insights into what these people and her daily working life are like. The problem for me personally, was that of all the many names she mentions as though you’ll know exactly who they are, there were only a few I recognised. Cute little stories about what it was like when so-and-so met so-and-so start to lose their appeal when you don’t know the people being talked about.
Fans of hers, or the shows she’s been in, would most likely be much more interested in this aspect of the book. So if that’s you, I’d definitely recommend reading it.
If you’re a fan of hers, you should definitely read this. If you like personal, real-world stories and love to read biographies and autobiographies, you’ll probably like it. Otherwise, I don’t think it will have too much to offer.
– Tracy Duckett
First off, I never read books by celebrities. They don’t really interest me! I’m giving this book a 4/5. I didn’t want to like it as I don’t have any particular love for Amy Poehler and frankly I didn’t expect to enjoy it. Having said that, I undeniably enjoyed the book.
My favourite parts were when she discussed her strong relationship with Tina Fey. As two females within a male dominated environment, it was great to read about how they dealt with obstacles and creatively supported each other. It wasn’t glossed over, but Poehler really came across as someone who just refused to allow it to stop her in her chosen career. Having not known much about her before reading, I enjoyed the book immensely.
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