yes please

This book was all over the internet when it first came out and had been on my reading list for a while. Fortunately I found it at a thrift shop over the summer because my library seemed to always be out.Ā I ended up reading Yes Please a couple months ago and after letting it sit for a while I decided it was worthy of a book review, and here we are šŸ™‚

I’m super into memoirs right now, particularly those written by strong women, which is why Yes Please made its way on to my reading list. That, and because Amy Poehler is pretty hilarious.Ā I like that her writing style is very conversational, but at times it was also all over the place (or at least that’s how it felt to me).

So, to start, yes, this book is pretty funny. It’s kind of like if you were hanging with Amy and she was telling you stories from her life. Which would be a totally awesome experience! But since that’s not likely to happen, this book is pretty much the next best thing.

The first chapter starts with her childhood; Amy grew up in a ranch house in Boston, her parents were teachers and as she puts it they were lower-middle class. I always love reading stories about extraordinary people who have had a rather ordinary start in life. I don’t really give a damn about people who started off with rich or famous parents and made a name for themselves because I can’t relate and it doesn’t inspire me. But the way Amy describes her childhood in her book is pretty normal, you know. And she worked really hard to get to where she is now and that’s awesome.

Throughout the book she talks a lot about improv and her career in comedy, but that’s because it’s a big part of life, der, and the reason so many of us adore her. Since I’m a fan of her work, and she knows a lot of really cool people, it was fun to read about what it’s like to work on Saturday Night Live, how she got her start in comedy and how she met Tina Fey.


My favourite part of this book though are all of the self-empowering messages Amy shared. You could easily write a dozen mantras or powerful quotes using her words from this book, so if you enjoy that kind of thing you’ll love reading Yes Please.

A few quotes I really enjoyed include:

  • “That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. Good for her, not for me.” (OMG YESSS!)
  • “I think we should stop asking people in their twenties what they want to do and start asking them what they don’t want to do.” (As someone in their 20s, I could not agree more!)
  • “A lot of people do’t know I am always thisfuckingclose to doing some crazy shit.” (Pretty much!)
  • “It can be hard, this life. Beautiful, too.” (Story of my life, for sure.)

For more great quotes from this book go here.

Or if you’re interested in purchasing yourself a copy you can go Yes Please.

Next on my reading list is Inside Out by Anastasia Amour. I bought it a while back but right now feels like the perfect time to start it as I start making healthier lifestyle choices. To see more of what’s on my reading list be my friend on Goodreads!

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  1. Yes Please! has been on my reading list for a while now too. I love Amy Pohler, I think she’s hilarious but I don’t usually read humor. I do enjoy autobiographies though, f.e. I’ve read many by musicians, but there my problem was often that they talk a lot about music and it can get really technical so that I can’t follow, or they just list people I don’t know, so I’m not sure if Yes Please! would be too difficult for me because I don’t know much about improv or Saturday Night Live?

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      I really don’t know anything about improv or SNL really either. I don’t even watch it very often. I find her stories are less about the process of improv and SNL and more about her life at that time, which I liked šŸ™‚

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