From tales of her humble beginnings and breaking into the comedy business to unabashed name-dropping and moments of shame and weakness, Amy Poehler has written a fun, honest and revealing autobiography. I'm rarely a laugh-out-loud reader, and this book was not necessarily an exception, but it was funny, sweet and charming. I feel like I understand and have more admiration for her and her talents.
Candid and hilarious stories from the SNL and Parks and Rec star. Be sure to check out the chapter "Sorry, Sorry, Sorry" - it is one of the best essays I have ever read.
Way more personable and touching then I expected. This is such a wonderful read. It is also gives great insight into growing as a person and learning from our mistakes. The end part that is about her sons is extremely emotional and very well written. This book is very relatable .
I love Amy Poehler on and off screen. After Tina Fey's Bossypants, I was excited to read another book from a female comedy icon and while parts of this book made me laugh, something just fell short. Perhaps it was just a little more memoir than comedy. The writing just didn't incorporate enough of the Amy Poehler I love to keep me engaged.
Amy Poehler is always funny on screen -- I really enjoyed this opportunity to get to know her serious, thoughtful side. Packed with reflections and advice, it's a must-read.
There's a lot to love in Poehler's Yes, Please. There's also a bit of meh. You'll need both the book (for the pictures) and the audio (for her own reading.)
I enjoyed it and laughed at times. However, It didn't seem cohesive to me though and I had trouble finding a discernible theme or through line (despite being broken into three sections and then chapters therein). It also seemed a little shallow and narcissistic at times (I agree with the other commenter who mentioned the obnoxious name-dropping). I much preferred Tina Fey's and Mindy Kaling's efforts. If you like funny memoirs, give 'Listen to the Squawking Chicken' by Elaine Lui a try.
Easy to read, full of smart comments and some surprising insights. But not as strong as I was expecting, hence the rating.
I loved this book. It was filled with so much hope and truth. I fully appreciated how honest Amy Poehler is throughout this book. Her life is incredibly interesting and it was so amazing to be able to get a glimpse into everything she has worked for in order to be where she is today. A refreshing, interesting and entertaining read.
It wasn't as funny as I expected but I enjoyed reading this book! Reading about her childhood brought up quite a few memories of mine. The best line of the book: "Playing Leslie Knope is as fun as it looks."
I'm a big fan of women who go out into the world bust first and don't expect anything but success. Amy may have harbored some doubts, but I think she came through. I liked the way she told the story, especially when she asked colleagues/friends to share. This is different. Even if you're a comedienne, your life doesn't have to be funny. And you don't have to write about it so that people will laugh.
Amy Poehler's sweet, honest, and no-holds-barred literary debut isn't just hilarious -- it's touching. She details her true feelings about her career struggles, her marriage and divorce, her friendships, her children, and show biz in general. It isn't structured in an organized way, but it feels intentional, a reflection on the messiness of life itself. It attempts to remain a chronological biography, but it runs off on amusing tangents that I welcomed. With beautiful photography to accompany it, every chapter has a unique take on a story we feel familiar with. It's comforting, a Snuggie for the reader's eyes. I loved its frankness, and without a doubt, it makes flauntingly imperfect Amy even more lovable than before. I would certainly recommend YES PLEASE.
Amy Poehler comes off as being a sweet kid and a tough cookie. She’s had her share of ups and downs but her life has been mainly one of luck, love and laughs. Her memoir is full of straight-shooting talk, funny stories and a smidgen of self-congratulatory ego, not enough to make you annoyed but enough to make you wish you could rub shoulders with her and hear her wonderful tales in showbiz. Oh, wait! You don’t have to be friends with her; just read her book. It’s the next best thing.
Ms. Poehler had her moments of doubts about her chosen profession. But they’re so fleeting you could see why she’s considered one of the funniest women in America, why she got awards and why she’s now in her own feature films or works side by side with the incomparable Tina Fey. She does dish dirt on other people but the mudslinging is so mild; there’s hardly any bitterness here.
She’s not perfect; she’d be insufferable if she were. But her imperfections are those of everybody else. That’s right. Deep down under the success, the perky cherubic face that reminds me of a young Sally Fields, the petite stature, she’s got her insecurities, worries, phobias and harsh moments of which she’s less than proud. Hers isn’t the story of a superstar—it’s the memoir of the rest of us. It does what the best memoirs do. It peels away the layers of glitz and glamour and makes us see the ordinary person underneath it all.
Cheers, Amy Poehler. Thanks for bringing me to see the family and all the best of luck.
Didn't find it to be overly funny but gave an interesting insight into a different side of Amy Poehler although she avoided more personal topics.
Couldn't agree more with the person who said "read Tina Fey's MUCH funnier Bossypants instead". Amy seems very likable but the funny was not there, the interesting stories were not there (wow - 7+ years on SNL and barely one good story?) but the sugary over the top advice and descriptions of her children were there - "smells like a love cookie". Can I throw up now?
The book was okay. I mean it was not super motivational nor it was that funny. I would give it 3 stars.
Fan of Amy Poehler, I have tried to read her book three different times just hoping I would love it but, the result would always be the same. I have read "Bossypants" at least ten times. I expected this book to be a funny memoir about Amy and her life. So much name dropping.
This is no "BossyPants": it is self-indulgent and is filled with namedropping and having people write and read their own chapters about Amy. Read the better book: "BossyPants" from the funnier Tina Fey.
I enjoyed this and found Amy to be a very likable person. One who if I knew in real life would like to be friends with. She was very gracious in her writing of her divorce as she didn't use it as a platform to criticise her ex. Very classy and funny read.
The book is hilarious. I think Amy Poehler is a fantastic writer. Each little chapter/section is its own random anecdote, which I don't think is a bad thing but it doesn't create for any continuity. I loved learning the history between her and Tina Fey and Seth Myers. I also thought it was quite classy the way she spoke about her marriage and about Will Arnett, despite the divorce. Overall, I would highly recommend this book to those looking for a funny read and get her sense of humor, cause it's completely written in her voice.
her scripts may be hilarious but her book sucks. how that happened, I have no idea.
Okay Amy Poehler
I enjoyed your frank, funny memoir, even if it is the heaviest book I’ve ever read! I didn’t know paper could be so heavy. And as a Judge Judy junkie I hope this book did get you invited to spend time on the judge’s yacht…just hope you mind your manners so you don’t get that famous judge’s stare down.