You open the pages of Yes Please and it’s like you’re talking to your best friend over a whiskey or two (or three!) Except in this idealistic situation, your best friend is Amy Poehler, and let’s be honest, isn’t that the dream?
The insanely talented actress, comedian, director, producer and now writer talks about anything and everything in her first book Yes Please. Having said that, it’s hard to categorise what type of book her debut actually is, which is exactly what made it so fascinating and so fun to read.
Although she gushes about her experiences working on SNL and Parks and Recreation delves into how she made career for herself in comedy, it’s not a comedy book, nor is it a book about comedy. And although she openly and honestly discusses her life, but it’s definitely not a memoir or autobiography either.
That’s one of the great things about this book, it almost feels like you’re reading Amy’s journal and following her exact trail of thought. She offers amazing advice that anyone could take and make their own. For example, she tells you to treat your career like a bad boyfriend – don’t want anything too much and always have a back-up plan. She comes across as a genuinely lovely person but don’t think that that makes her a push over!
As someone who is just starting out in their career (I graduated from university two years ago – scary) it is inspiring for me to read about a women who is so fearless, determined and bossy! I use that word as Amy does – reclaiming it and drowning it in positive connotations. A bossy woman is someone who knows what she wants and exactly how to get it. She is also comfortable with fellow bossy women and is above all supportive. The type of woman that I hope I will one day become.
One of the best things about Yes Please is that it’s filled with sentimental memories and motifs that Amy holds dear. Not only is there tons of photographs but poems and songs she wrote as a child. It’s lovely to see how these things shaped her as a person and adds to the “journal” feel.
Fans of Parks and Recreation won’t be disappointed as Amy not only discusses it in great detail but takes us through her memories with each of the main cast and crew. It made me want to jump into the pages and become a part of the team.
I’ve heard that the audio book is meant to be great too as it is read by Amy herself! This is a great book for Amy Poehler fans everywhere. It’s brilliant to read a celebrity memoir that offers lots of advice and encouragement for its reader. It definitely made me love her even more.