I’ve always thought Amy Poehler was a hoot, so I found out she was writing a book, you best believe I was going to hop on the Amy train and get to love her on a whole new level.
Yes, Please is a peek into Amy’s life which stories from her childhood and how she got started in the biz. It tells us about falling in and out of love and childbirth. I actually listened to the audio version of this book, which was read by her, and I felt like I had an even more personal experience with it. She invited people into her audio booth, including her parents, Seth Meyers, and many others. There was even some banter with her guests that wasn’t part of the book. It made the book just that more funny.
I have to admit that there were some parts of the book that I blanked out in. These were the parts that I couldn’t relate to because they were for an older audience, such as getting divorced and having babies. I wasn’t a huge fan of the foreword, but I tuckered through. This shouldn’t be surprising, considering the age difference between Amy and me, but for the most part, I really enjoyed getting a peek into her life.
There were so many quotable parts of the book. These are a few of my favorites:
|When walking about how we all have our different talents. Just because someone else is doing something or has done something a certain way, it doesn’t mean that that’s what or how we should do it.|
|I loved this, because she was talking about how the person’s reaction to your apology is more important to us than the act of actually apologizing.|
One thing that Amy and I have in common is our love of lists. There were some parts of the books that were simply lists, such as possible names for the main character in Parks and Recreation, haikus about plastic surgery, and requests that she made for the hospital room when she had her first baby. These were some of my favorite parts.
Another favorite was one of the beginning chapters called “Plain Girl Vs. Demon.” It was essentially about how all girls have inner demons, and some women are better at silencing their inner demons than others. She says your inner demon will sneak up on you at your weakest and try to to tear you down, and she shares tips on how you can silence your demon and embrace who you are. One thing that particularly stuck with me from this chapter is how she said that people need to stick up for themselves the way they stick up for their friends. It’s always easy for us to jump in and defend our friends, but we seem to cower when to defending ourselves.
I give this book a 4 out of 5. Amy is simply marvelous, hilarious, and someone to look up to. I love her honesty, and the fact that she wrote these stories and shared her life with essentially the entire world (because, let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to read this book). I recommend this book to everyone with a soul (who is above the age of 20).
For more about Amy and her book, check out the official Yes, Please website.