- Yes, Please: 3/5
Yes Please, 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 was eager to get this book, and when I finally picked it up, I was excited to read it. But now that I have, I have mixed feelings about it. Some chapters, I liked. Some others, not so much.
See, Amy Poehler does comedy, and she does it well. So well that I couldn’t decide if that book was a comedy or not. Surely there are a few passages that are funny and made me smile, but mostly throughout the book I was constantly wondering “is she joking right now or is this how she really is?”. I couldn’t quite decipher Amy’s true personality, and maybe she did it on purpose, but that bugged me a little.
However, I liked that she had guests participating in the writing of the book and the fact that she kinda jumps straight from a subject to the next. It is quite unusual to read a whole chapter about someone’s terrible sleeping pattern!
Also, I only know Amy because of Parks & Recreation and the fact that she talked a lot about her previous work (which is totally normal) made me more aware about her career as a whole.
All in all I think I would have liked it better if I listened to it, with the familiarity of Amy’s voice and maybe the tone would have enlightened me on how to interpret some things.
Have you read Amy Poehler's book? What did you think of it?