Book Review: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Yes Please-2Parks and Recreation has been my favorite TV show since I first started watching it a year and a half ago, so I knew I had to read Amy’s book of essays eventually… especially now that Parks and Recreation has ended… 🙁

Here is an excerpt from the Amazon description of Yes Please:

“In her first book, one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy, Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice. With chapters like “Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend,” “Plain Girl Versus the Demon” and “The Robots Will Kill Us All” Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh. Honest, personal, real, and righteous, Yes Please is full of words to live by.”

And, as usual, a quote that I like:

“That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. Good for her! Not for me.”

My rating: 4/5 stars. This book was a fun read, and I enjoyed getting to learn a little more about Amy Poehler. Some of the parts read slower to me than others; for example, I never really watched
Saturday Night Live (or much improv at all), so I had a little bit less of an interest in the essays detailing her experiences with this aspect of her career. However, I loved getting to read about her work with Parks and Recreation, and I think that Amy has a lot of valuable insight for the current generation of women. I would recommend this book for fans of Amy or for people who want to know what it really takes to get involved in the improvisation/acting business.

—On a different note, I have finally published all of the book reviews for books I have read this year! Obviously, the fact that I have only published 15 reviews so far means I am quite a bit behind in my book a week goal. I am, however, reading 5 books right now (Waiting for Superman, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Make Something Up, Natural Born Heroes, and The New Jim Crow). I don’t know if I’ll be able to catch all the way back up, but at least I am back to making progress!

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