Yes Please

by Amy Poehler

“I am interested in people who swim in the deep end. I want to have conversations about real things with people who have experienced real things. I’m tired of talking about movies and gossiping about friends. Life is crunchy and complicated and all the more delicious.”

Score: 9/10

One Million Page Princess

December 31st, 2014

One Million Page Princess

December 31st, 2014

Yes Please, by Amy Poehler was hands down my favourite book of 2014. Possibly one of my favourite books of all time. And look at that, it squeezed in there during the 11th hour. This book is simply exceptional, and that’s an understatement.

This book has all the qualities I look for in a good friend, or a life partner. It was funny, honest, genuine, thoughtful, and inspiring. This book made me laugh out loud many, many times, and it also made me tear up and stop and want to make resolutions about the quality of person I want to be during my limited time on this planet (aka, a better one). We all knew this woman could write funny comedy sketches, but it extends so much further than that. Amy Poehler is an exceptional writer. Bottom, effing, line.

This book changed me. It’s not a funny book, as in, it doesn’t over reach and TRY to be funny, but it just is funny because Amy Poehler is funny to her core, and you can tell she wrote this book from her heart. It’s not really a memoir either, but she does discuss her time doing improv, working in film and television, (everything from SNL to Parks & Rec, which by the way I ordered every season of because of this book) and briefly touches on her divorce from Will Arnett. Okay, not really. Because, “it is too sad and too personal. Also, I don’t like people knowing my shit.” Enough said, and applause. Honestly? This book is kind of in the realm of self help, but not in a weepy, overdone ‘girl power’ kind of way. More of a… this is life, this is real, let’s do this shit, kind of way. It’s a little all over the map, but I think Amy is a little all over the map. And I liked that about it. If you’re looking for a well crafted memoir that sticks to some stoic timeline of events, or you want to know more facts about Amy Poehler, don’t read this book. If you want to feel like you actually know Amy Poehler, then sit back and enjoy.

Nothing I can say will do this book the justice it deserves. Nothing. But the bottom line is, it made me feel a little less alone in this world. It made me want to reach out and hug and love everyone I know and make them feel a little less alone in this world. It made me want to hold my head higher, speak up a little bit louder, and own my space more. It reminded me that shit happens, and no matter how bad that shit stinks, hold your ground, be yourself, and always treat everyone with the kindness they deserve.

And I laughed the whole way through.

This is THE book to start off your 2015 year. So get to it you filthy animals.



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