Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central's Upright Citizens Brigade? Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter on Saturday Night Live, and in movies like Baby Mama, Blades of Glory, and They Came Together? Do you find yourself daydreaming about hanging out with the actor behind the brilliant Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation? Did you wish you were in the audience at the last two Golden Globes ceremonies, so you could bask in the hilarity of Amy's one-liners?
If your answer to these questions is "Yes Please!" then you are in luck. 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.
Please keep in mind that this is the review for the AUDIOBOOK of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. Oh my gosh. What can I say about this audiobook? It was everything and more than what I expected from Amy Poehler. Lets just get this out of the way and say that, yes, I am a big fan of Amy. Especially when it's Amy and Tina. Love them!
Anyway, I came about getting this audiobook because I had a credit available on Audible and had no idea how to use it. I'm still new to the audiobook business. I had wanted to read Yes Please and when I found out that Amy was reading (because, honestly, that's what makes sense in memoirs and autobiographies...but I digress) the book I was convinced it would be wonderful. And it was.
Written and read with Amy's classic wit and sass, the book spans from her childhood to her present post-divorce, almost-post Parks & Recreation. She gives us, what feels like an effortless, rendition of who she is and how she got to where she is. Amy makes no excuses for the choices she's made, even the bad ones. She speaks of her family, schooling, moments of depression and her feelings about marriage, hard work and luck. Although I am new to the audiobook biz, I have heard some before and this, by far, has been the best one I have listened to. I could listen to it again - and that is saying something.
If you like Amy Poehler or sassy women who do not shy away from hard work - this book/audiobook is for you.