I have been reading the book Yes Please, by Amy Poehler for the past 5 months and I have finally finished it! To be honest I have no idea why it has taken me so long to read, I love Amy Poehler and I found the book to be very funny and interesting. No matter the reason, I did finally finish reading it and I loved it. Poehler is honest, emotional, hysterical and genuine and all of this rings true in her book and her writing. I loved learning about her life pre SNL (Saturday Night Live) and how she helped to start UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade). She talks about her struggles and how she pushed through to finally make it. I always get encouraged when I hear stories of how celebrities have to work hard and struggle for years before they make it big, not because I’m rooting for them to fail, but because it gives me hope for myself.
Near the end of the book she talks about her time on Parks and Recreation which is one of my all time favorite shows. I can re-watch every episode and still crack up every time; the writing and acting on that show was so smart and funny, it’s insane! I loved every single character and they were all so unique and funny in their own way. I could go on for an hour about how much I love the show, but instead I will just end it here and say go watch it on Netflix, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
I think park of the reason I took so long to read this book was because of how heavy it is. No joke, this book weighs a ton and sometimes I just really didn’t want to lug it around with me. Another reason I lagged on reading was because there were a few sections the book that I didn’t’ find as interesting as the rest. These were the sections that Poehler talked about her earlier part of her life, her mom and her dad and their life. Don’t get me wrong, her family seems great and it is clear that she loves and respects her parents very much; it just wasn’t why I bought the book so it took me longer to read those parts. I didn’t find it as exciting as the rest of the book. If you are a book skimmer I would say here would be the place to do it. I, on the other hand, have a hard time skimming books. For whatever reason, I feel like I will miss something important if I just skim past it, so I somewhat dumbly read it all. Besides those few slower sections however I thoroughly enjoyed this book and had a few laugh out loud moments, with lots of silent smirking to myself as well.
If you like Amy Poehler you will definitely like this book. It is literally Amy Poehler in the written form. You can definitely hear her voice in your head when reading the book and I think that it helped me to understand her better and also come to like and respect her more as a person as well. If you are looking for a funny memoir to read this would be a great choice.