Monday, July 20, 2015
Info: Dey St., copyright 2014, 329 pages
In Amy Poehler's highly anticipated 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 can't really muster up a summary for this one. It was kind of all over the place. Like, all over the place. Eh. That's how I ended this audiobook. There were moments I laughed, and Poehler's voice is fun to listened to, but after the awesomeness of Bossypants, this was just eh. Amy talked a lot about hating the writing process and that kind of shows. They are all individual essays that don't really fit together, and to be honest, I tired of talk about drug use. I'm not a prude, but I get it...you did drugs...let's move on.
And about the audiobook. There were "guest" readers, but it seemed a waste to invite Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and Carol Burnett to just read chapter titles. Don't tease with great voices and actors and just give us that. I did enjoy the interludes by Seth Meyer and Amy's parents. It was a welcome break and interesting shift on perspectives.
Now don't get me wrong, Amy is funny. She's "approachable" if that makes sense and doesn't take herself too seriously. That was definitely refreshing. She's confident, fierce, honest, and yet vulnerable. And she's Leslie Knope, so she'll always have that going for her.
Should you read it (or listen to it)? Sure. But either before or after, make sure to pick up Bossypants if you haven't already. I am now tackling Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me. We'll see how that goes.