Review: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

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I picked up this book because Saab Magalona, a blogger, was giving away this book last year. I don’t actually recall reading a review for this book before buying it or did I even know what it was all about. I just bought it because it’s from Amy Poehler. I thought Amy was funny, so I guess the book must be funny right?

In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by. Goodreads

Let me just get to the point, if you’re looking for a funny book, the kind filled with jokes, this won’t be it. If you’re looking for a book about the life and struggles of Amy Poehler, this one isn’t it either. So what is this book really about? It’s about her but only about the things she is willing to share.

Some Positives +

  •  The book has a lot of colorful pictures and texts. It’s very pleasing to the eyes. It also has some personal photos of her.
  • It was nice to read from Amy’s point of view about her struggles/triumphs as she pursued her career. It was also amazing to read someone who has such passion for her craft. It makes me so happy to see her living her dream.
  • The names of the people she mentioned. WOW! Although I have to be honest, I wasn’t familiar with some of the people but when I Googled them. WOW.
  • You get to learn life lessons, if you read close enough and between the lines.
  • Her realness! As I was reading the book, I felt like I was just talking to a friend. I liked it, to a certain point.

 Some Negatives –

  •  Honestly, one of the things I don’t like about the book is her writing
  • She isn’t a writer. I understand how difficult it must have been to write a book from cover to cover but she kept on mentioning it. Sometimes it made me feel like she didn’t want to do it and it was becoming more of a struggle for her to finish the book.
  • There was no clear flow for the book. It was like she took random memories she had and put it all together without thinking about how it should be arranged.
  • She gets confused with her points sometimes, maybe it’s her improv background. One minute she’s talking about improv and then suddenly it’s a flashback from her childhood. By the end of her childhood story, I have completely forgotten we were talking about improv.
  • Personally, I don’t like reading texts/books with curse words, anything sexual or about drugs. There was a bit of those in this book. There was also this part about drugs wherein she list down drugs she has never tried. I don’t know. I’m just not a big fan. Drugs kill lives. All someone has to do is start and if they don’t exercise discipline, that’s a life down the drain. 

I wouldn’t recommend this book if you are trying to understand or get to know Amy Poehler a little bit better or deeper. I think you’re better off Googling her instead of reading this book. She sure doesn’t share a lot about herself and I feel like she very much limited what she was willing to divulge. Which is fine because honestly who would want to share everything about their lives in a book, right?

The silver lining is, however, the immense pleasure I found myself having while I was reading about her passion for improv and comedy. She shared some of the struggles she had and the triumphs that came after persistently pursuing it. Her rise to fame is inspiring to read especially if you remember that her time was before YouTube and internet. This is the time where fame is measured by your dedication to your craft and not by your views. Everything was real. She really had to work hard and for that I applaud her.

If there’s one thing I learned in this book, it’s to work hard for your dreams. Say Yes to every opportunity that comes your way and say Yes in believing in yourself. Your dreams can and will come true if you work hard for it. So Yes Please, I’d like to follow my dreams.

Have you read this book before? I’d love to read what you think of it. Drop a comment below! 🙂


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