Review: Yes Please by Amy Poehler (4/5)

Title: Yes Please

Author: Amy Poehler

Rating: 4/5

Genre: Memoir


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 is full of words to live by.

I’m always impressed when I read a memoir where the author is completely honest about herself. In Poehler’s Yes Please, she shows herself as a vulnerable human being. She is not afraid to explore her flaws, but she is not afraid to explore her strengths, either. She shows herself as an actress, comedian, wife, ex-wife, mother, friend. She is a conglomerate of identities, weaknesses, blessings. Rather than define herself by a choice one or two characteristics, she builds herself as three-dimensional and explores the intricacies of her life.

As a fan of Parks and Recreation, I expected a lot of humor from Poehler. Unfortunately, it’s obvious that she’s a physical actress. Many of the jokes in the book which I can imagine being funny performed fall flat in a written context. There were several times where I found myself smiling, but those were usually in response to stories abut the Parks and Rec crew rather than any quip.

While I was disappointed in the humor, I appreciated nearly everything else — the write-ins from her parents and Seth Meyers, the pictures, the lists, the notes from ‘doctors’. It was all fun and reflected Poehler’s personality well. So while I really enjoyed the book as a whole, I was expecting a lot belly laughs than I had.

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