Book Review: Yes Please – Amy Poehler

Release Date: October 28th 2014
Publisher: It Books
Pages: 329
Find it on: Goodreads. Amazon.


A great funny autobiography from one of comedy’s most beloved stars.

Yes Please follows the life of comedy star Amy Poehler, from her quiet upbringing in Boston, her years of improv and training to her success at Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation. Poehler delves into all areas of life, offering up stories about relationships, motherhood, and working to achieve your goals. This heart warming memoir features many humorous and unique stories, as well as words of wisdom to live your life by.

Amy Poehler is best known for her years on SNL as well as her role as Leslie Knoppe on Parks and Recreation. It is this that drew me to the book. I must admit I don’t often read celebrity autobiographies, I think the only other autobiographies I’ve read in my lifetime are Mud, Sweat and Tears by Bear Grylls and the hilarious I Was Bono’s Doppelgänger. That being said, I was drawn to Yes Please because Poehler strikes me as a funny down to Earth kind of person and her book is exactly that.

Reading Yes Please kind of feels like looking at a scrapbook. It doesn’t follow any sort of chronological order, there are stories from childhood, then adulthood then back to childhood. This gives the book a much more natural feel, like someone is telling you the story of their life in person, rather than reading about it in a book. That being said, it doesn’t really feel like an autobiography in the traditional sense. There are parts she misses out, that she doesn’t want to talk about – like her divorce. Although she goes into detail about her career, there is a focus on an giving advice – such as “treating your career like a bad boyfriend.” There are also some great hilarious stories, and lots of words of wisdom, like:

“However, if you do start crying in an argument and someone asks why, you can always say, “I’m just crying because of how wrong you are.”

“I think we should stop asking people in their twenties what they “want to do” and start asking them what they don’t want to do.”  

I really enjoyed reading Yes Please. It’s very frank and honest – Poehler doesn’t beat about the bush, she dives right in. She offers some great insight into the world of Hollywood, and love her or hate her, you have to respect the dedication and hard work she has put into building her career. She is no overnight success story. There are stories that will make you laugh and make you cry – Poehler says some very touching things about her cast mates from Parks and Recreation, so if you’re dreading the end of the series as much as I am, this might be exactly the thing you need!  I have also recently learned there is an audio book version, with live chapters and special guests, if you’re a fan of Amy Poehler then I would definitely check that out!

Looking for something similar? Try: Not That Kind of Girl or Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography. 

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