Book Review: Yes Please by Amy Poelher

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Yes Please by Amy Poelher

Genre: Non Fiction, Memoir
Book Name: Yes Please
Author: Amy Poelher
Pages: 329
Publication Year: 2014
Publisher: Dey Street Books

Bubbling with positive energy, is the book Yes Please by Amy Poelher. Do you know who Amy Poelher is? Truth be told, I was not aware till I started reading this book.

This book was gifted by my friend Sneha who had high praises for this book and that she loved reading it again and again. And yes, I too loved the book when I started reading it. And guess what, I have never seen a single episode of SNL (Saturday Night Live) because of which Amy is most popularly known for. Funny, right? Ok, I have since watched “one” episode of SNL.

Treat this book as a light self help book or to know more about Amy. In the latter case, you might get disappointed because she doesn’t tell the too-personal tales. But I guess that is fine since she never popularized it as a book on herself or an autobiography. As a self help book, Amy gives examples in each chapter from her personal life. However, at times, it seemed like she wrote this book as a way for her to come clean on certain instances/mistakes of her life and apologize to the concerned parties.

There are many funny instances. For example, the difficulty she faces about writing, especially when one is not a writer. Sample page:

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Yes Please by Amy Poelher

But after some time, only cribbing about not being able to write got a little too monotonous. Only if the book could have been less heavy and had lesser number of pages, it would have been perfect!

P.S – I gave up the book midway. Will visit again in a few months when I have watched more episodes of SNL to understand the reference of various names.

Book blurb:
Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central’s Upright Citizens Brigade? Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter on Saturday Night Live, and in movies like Baby Mama, Blades of Glory, and They Came Together? Do you find yourself daydreaming about hanging out with the actor behind the brilliant Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation? Did you wish you were in the audience at the last two Golden Globes ceremonies, so you could bask in the hilarity of Amy’s one-liners?

If your answer to these questions is “Yes Please!” then you are in luck. In her first book, one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy, Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice. With chapters like “Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend,” “Plain Girl Versus the Demon” and “The Robots Will Kill Us All” Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh. Honest, personal, real, and righteous, Yes Please is full of words to live by.

About the author:
Amy Meredith Poehler is an American actress, comedian, voice artist, producer and writer. Raised in Burlington, Massachusetts, she graduated from Boston College in 1993 and moved to Chicago, Illinois, to study improv at The Second City and ImprovOlympic. In 1996, she moved to New York City after becoming part of the improvisational comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade, which later developed into an eponymous television show that aired on Comedy Central for three seasons.

Poehler was also one of the founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in 1999. Poehler was a cast member on the NBC television show Saturday Night Live from 2001 to 2008. In 2004, she became the co-anchor of the Weekend Update sketch along with her friend and colleague Tina Fey. Poehler’s work on SNL earned her two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She is known for voicing Bessie Higgenbottom in the 2008–2011 Nickelodeon series, The Mighty B! and Eleanor Miller in the Alvin and the Chipmunks CGI films. Since 2009, she has starred as Leslie Knope in the sitcom Parks and Recreation, and received the 2014 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Musical or Comedy Series. She is also an eight-time Emmy Award nominee.

Poehler is currently starring in the new Swedish-American sitcom Welcome to Sweden along with her brother Greg Poehler.


Rating: 8/10

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Trying to just make some sense out of things and put some sense into me!! :) :) :)

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