Amy Poehler’s book Yes Please is everything you want it to be. It’s funny and smart, interesting and enjoyable. It made me like her more, if that was possible, and made me want to go back and rewatch all Parks and Rec episodes now that I know some of the behind-the-scenes details.
Poehler tells a story like a comedian, sensitive and introspective with a side of funny that you sometimes don’t see coming. I related to her stories about motherhood and her struggles to write when she’s so busy. I liked that she unashamedly says she loves her job and doesn’t want to stay home with her kids, she’s happier working. But in the same breath, she says it’s hard and she’s just doing the best she can.
There are a lot of celebrity references in the book that I sometimes skipped over just because I didn’t care about them. I wanted her real life, not the life I could see if I picked up a People magazine. But even those weren’t enough to turn me away or not rave about this book. I love when she writes about Tina Fey and their relationship. But if you loved Bossypants, I’m going to say Yes Please is not laugh-out-loud funny like Bossypants is. They’re both wonderful and funny and silly and deep, but in different ways.
I loved Yes Please by Amy Poehler and wouldn’t mind re-reading it down the road. It’s definitely a keeper, one that will be picked up again and again for laughs.
Have you read this one yet? What did you think?