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), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by.
I picked this audiobook to listen to purely because it fulfills the Muggle Studies – A muggle non-fiction novel O.W.L. Exam for the Magical Readathon that I am participating in this month. I don’t frequently pick up non-fiction novels on my own for pleasure reading. Generally, if I read non-fiction it’s for one of my college courses, so this was a little bit outside of my normal reading choice.
I’ve loved Amy Poehler since I first saw her while watching Parks and Recreation. Leslie Knope is hilarious and Amy plays her wonderfully. So this opportunity to learn more about who she really is, not who she is as a character, was too fun.
I absolutely love that Amy is the one that reads this book. After watching so much of her on Parks & Rec I could totally picture her reading the story to me. She made it so much fun with her reading as well as the different guest stars she also had come in and read a few chapters. I loved that she made it so fun. It was more of a story than some non-fiction that I’ve read. It was actually more a collection of shorter stories throughout her life.
I learned a lot about Amy and some of it really surprised me while some of it did not. For example, I was surprised to learn that she was born and raised in Massachusetts (this is where I grew up and lived for most of my life) so all of the stories that she shared of her growing up really were some that I could relate to because I grew up similarly (even though we grew up in different times). I also loved seeing how growing up where she did affected her throughout her life – forever referencing the Boston accent she got rid of when she moved away.
I really enjoyed getting to know Amy Poehler in this book. I think I enjoyed it even more because Amy read it to us herself. It was hilarious and entertaining and I loved every minute of it.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.
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