THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER
In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much). Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by.
I didn’t know a lot about Amy Poehler. In fact I really only knew her as the inappropriate mum on Mean Girls (the cool mom) but I was strangely intrigued to read her autobiography, Yes Please. I didn’t really know what to expect – I think this is always a good state of mind because you can only be pleasantly surprised…which I was.
Poehler gives it to you straight. You get the overwhelming feeling that she isn’t BSing you. She tells you about the struggles that she had as a performer but never in a whiny way; the way she describes her years before fame are like that of anyone who is trying to climb the career ladder; with hard work, commitment and a good sense of humour and humility to boot. There was no magical ‘right place, right time’ moment for Poehler. It was through sheer determination that she got to the level that she is at.
What is lovely about Yes Please is that Poehler doesn’t come across as entitled or self congratulatory. She champions the people around her, the people that she has kept close by and she is kind of inspiring. I believe that every young person should read this book; not just girls – although you get the sense that Poelher sees how girls are limited by others belief (make like Poelher kids and move those imaginary goalposts) but everyone. It makes you believe that hard work, determination and belief in yourself will get you to the end goal.
I really enjoyed Yes Please and I found it to be a really inspirational book. I probably sound like I’m “fangirling” here but since I have only seen Amy Poelher in one thing I think I can get away with it.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler is available now.
Follow Amy Poehler (@amypoehler_) on Twitter.