Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Review of Yes Please by Amy Poehler: Amy Poehler is one of the best people on the planet. She is hilarious and smart. Her book, surprisingly, is not great.

Title: Yes Please
Author: Amy Poehler
Genre: Nonfiction - Autobiography


Amy Poehler is one of the best people on the planet. She is hilarious and smart. Her book, surprisingly, is not great.

Unlike Bossypants by Tina Fey, Amy's story is not told in chronological order. The book skips around from her childhood to university, to SNL and back again. It was difficult to follow. (Note: Bossypants is THE BEST.)

Amy herself admits in the preface that she had a hard time writing a whole book. She has a busy career, two kids, and a ton of side projects. I get you, Amy. Unfortunately, this struggle comes through in the disjointed text.

There are a couple of chapters written by other people, who basically talk about how great Amy is. And while I AGREE, they didn't share any stories about her that were particularly engaging or funny.

Overall, the book is still worth a read for fans of Poehler. I did love her discussion about being a woman in comedy, and in show business. She also has a whole chapter on saying "no" and not feeling bad about it, which I am terrible at.

I had very high expectations for Yes Please because I heart Amy SO MUCH. I just don't heart her book.

Buy it on Amazon if you're a hardcore fan like me.



VERDICT:


2/5 Brass Knuckles


Full disclosure: I got this book from the library because libraries are fucking awesome.



8 comments :

  1. I have to disagree about Bossypants, I found it very boring 💤 😀

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    1. I'm so surprised to hear that, I loved Bossypants!! Did you like Yes Please?

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  2. I loved Bossypants, so maybe I'd like this one, too. I really appreciate the honest review. I was on the fence about it and I'm surprised she had other people writing chapters in it. I guess I'll have to check it out to see how that flows.

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    1. If you are a big fan of Poehler, like I am, it's worth a read. Just don't go in with really high expectations!

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  3. I dug this book too. I found that she was more open then Tina Fey was in Bossy Pants.

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    1. Interesting! I think we have to agree to disagree on this one, Kyla. ;)

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  4. Oh wow this is so surprising! I thought it would be such a great read because she's basically the best! I think I'll try reading Bossypants.

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    1. You totally should, it's hilarious. Especially the parts about being a mother.

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