Yes, Please! by Amy Poehler: a Book Review

Brooke Duke

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I’ve been a huge fan of Amy Poehler ever since I watched Parks and Recreation for the first time. So when I heard she was coming out with an autobiography I immediately wanted to read it, even though non-fiction isn’t usually my thing.

Well I suck at reading actual books due to ADHD so I downloaded the audiobook version. BEST IDEA EVER. It was like having Leslie Knope sitting right next to me, telling me deep truths about life.

Amy’s book is witty, intelligent, funny, and deep. I laughed when she shared her favorite memories from working on Parks and Rec. I marveled at this amazing and talented woman as she shared the long journey she took from a funny teenager to a comedy queen. I cried when she shared her regrets and told stories of her time working with orphans in a third world country.

Yes, Please! has so many amazing little nuggets of truth and advice from a woman who has been there, done that. There were so many times that her words just made me stop and go, “Whoa.”

Amy tackles growing up, following your dreams, relationships, divorce, motherhood, beauty, body image, owning your mistakes, as well as telling her story through comedy and Hollywood. I can’t recommend this book enough - especially the audiobook version. Who doesn’t want to hear Patrick Stewart reading haikus about womanhood??

“It’s called Yes Please because it is the constant struggle and often the right answer. Can we figure out what we want, ask for it, and stop talking? Yes, please. Is being vulnerable a power position? Yes, please. Am I allowed to take up space? Yes, please. Would you like to be left alone? Yes, please. I love saying “yes” and I love saying “please.” - Amy Poehler, Yes, Please

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