Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Source: Library (audio)
Description: In Amy Poehler's first book we get a luck at Amy's personal life and professional life. We learn about her childhood and her love of TV, her beginnings with improv and her time on Saturday Night Live and everything in between.
Why I Picked This Book:I had read Mindy Kaling's book - Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and was struck with how much Mindy liked Amy and then I read Tina Fey's book so obviously I had to read Amy's.
Pro: I wasn't sure what to expect going in. I've seen bits of Parks and Recreation and some of Saturday Night Live and sometimes I found Amy absolutely hilarious and sometimes it just wasn't for me. After reading it I still don't think some of Amy's humor is for me but Amy is in the running for my new book best friend. She's so genuinely nice and funny and self-deprecating you can't help but like her. She's got an awareness of herself and the world around her and the absurd that's pretty great. I lost track of everything that made me laugh because it was so much. I had to turn off the chapter on her boys and her visit to Haiti because I was in carline to pick up the Tornado and figured if I was openly weeping that might look a little strange. She does mention a lot of famous names but to me it didn't feel like name dropping because she seemed honestly excited to be in the company of these people and so I was kind of excited for her.
Con: There is some strong language so if you're listening to the audio (which you should) than it's not really a family friend car listen. We're not talking Anthony Bourdain level language but it is there. It took me a chapter or so to really connect with the book but once I did I was hooked.
Overall: I really enjoyed this book. So many things Amy talks about remind me of conversations I've had in my own head or are things I really could connect with. Plus Amy's just funny. There is a nice depth to the book that keeps it from being just fluff. Even if you're not familiar with Amy's comedy this is worth reading.
Audio Note: Get this on audio! Amy reads it and is absolutely fantastic. This doesn't feel like her reading a book but almost like a comedy act. Plus there are guest stars! We hear from Amy's parents, Carol Burnett, quite a bit from Seth Meyers and Patrick Stewart does some random chapter headings and reads a haiku on plastic surgery. Oh and Kathleen Turner is the voice of doubt that lives in your head. Seriously - get the audio even if you don't like audios.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Definitely!
Would I Recommend this Book?: Absolutely and definitely try to get the audio version!
Challenges Met? Alphabet Soup (Y), Library Challenge