More, Please ("Yes Please" Book Review)

Two of my favorite people in Hollywood are Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Two funny gals who are BFFs, loud-and-proud feminists, supportive of one another and their peers? Yes please. (Heh.)

A few years back I read and loved Tina's memoir, Bossypants. When I heard Amy would be releasing her own in 2014, this was basically me:

I devoured Yes Please in just a few days, and found myself stopping to highlight passages constantly. Here's the nitty gritty about Amy Poehler's memoir, according to me:
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What's it about?
Amy talks us through her life as a Plain Jane Bostonian kid, a Boston College student with a penchant for the theatrical, a risk-taking Chicagoan, a determined New Yorker, a good wife and a loving mother.

Already being a huge Amy fangirl, I knew some of the basics, and have sort of a weird fascination with the Upright Citizens Brigade. But there was so much I didn't know that could only be delivered in Amy's own words about her experiences with this comedy troop, her meeting and the beginning of a life-long partnership with Tina Fey, her hilarious and beautiful friendship with Seth Myers, her transition to New York and Saturday Night Live, her first film roles, and her move back to TV with one of my favorites, Parks and Recreation.

In her more vulnerable passages, Amy talks marriage (albeit briefly) and her divorce from Will Arnett (more briefly still) in a way that makes you ache for her and her family but reveals once again that she is just as human as you and me — and in some ways, she appears to be even more so. In some passages (like the chapter about sleep, or lack thereof) I felt so close to her, because she put into words things I thought no one else in the world would relate to.

She gives dating and life advice that can only be dispensed by someone who's lived plenty of lives and lessons and actually cares about the recipient of her wisdom. She talks candidly and unabashedly and writes it all beautifully. And through it all, she maintains her remarkable sense of humor and delivers laugh-out-loud lines in droves.

There are so, so, so many wonderful parts of this book, so many valuable lessons, so much wisdom, and so many laughs. I couldn't even pretend to do justice to all of them here. I loved this book. Perhaps I'm biased because I already knew I would, considering my love for the author and voyeuristic desire to learn more about the figures I adore in such a way. But I'm so glad I finally got around to reading it,

Read it if...
You watch(ed) and loved Baby Mama, Mean Girls, Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation or Wet Hot American Summer; you read and loved Bossypants (Tina Fey); you've laughed or cried at anything Amy Poehler has done; you love strong and funny and badass openly feminist women; or you aspire to be a strong and funny and badass openly feminist (wo)man.

Favorite Passages

"I love saying 'yes' and I love saying 'please.' Saying 'yes' doesn't mean I don't know how to say no, and saying 'please' doesn't mean I am waiting for permission."

"I 'dated' one boy and our song was 'Faithfully' by Journey. Every time it played my body would turn electric, and I would stare out whatever window I was near and reminisce about experiences I hadn't had. Is there a word for when you are young and pretending to have lived and loved a thousand lives?"

"Figure out what you want. Say it loud. Then shut up."

"Good for her! Not for me. That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. Good for her! Not for me."

"Going from crying to laughing that fast and hard happens maybe five times in your life and that extreme right turn is the reason why we are alive, and I believe it extends our life by many years."

"If it's not funny, you don't have to laugh."

"You have to care about how good you are and how good you feel, but not about how good people think you are or how good people think you look."

"I love bossy women. Some people hate the word, and I understand how 'bossy' can seem like shitty way to describe a woman with a determined point of view, but for me, a bossy woman is someone to search out and celebrate. A bossy woman is someone who cares and commits and is a natural leader."

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Have you read Yes Please? Or do you plan to? Are you an Amy Poehler fan too? Leslie Knope forever!

Comments

  1. I'm officially sold - I didn't know she's from Boston - definitely going to pick this up!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  2. Bossypants and yes please are two of my fave "celebrity" books (and anything by chelsea handler - Ive read them all). Loved this review!

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  3. I knew nothing about Amy Poehler before I listened to her book but I absolutely adored it, and now I love her. I loved so many of her lines, especially the ones you listed (saying yes and please, laughing crying, good for her..) i seriously loved it. and of course Bossypants is ahhhmazing.

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  4. ohh love this review. definitely reading it!!

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  5. I've read the sample on my Kindle but haven't bought the book yet…I know I will eventually! I want to read it just for the "Good for her" part because I've heard so many people talking about that and even though I haven't read it in context, I think that is just the most perfect and amazing mantra ever.

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  6. I loved her book for the same reasons you did. Especially the "good for her, not for me." We don't have to justify our own decisions by picking apart someone else's decision and deeming it as wrong. It's hard to be a woman. We need to help each other out :)

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    1. I couldn't agree more. That's why I love the example Tina and Amy set so much. They're basically the best duo of female role models we could ask for!

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  7. im not gonna lie i skipped most of this post cause i haven't read it yet and want to know nothing about it until i read it.

    but i LOVE her. i also love tina. and bossypants was the first book that made me legit laugh out loud.

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  8. You have absolutely sold me on this book and I really want to read it now!

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  9. I keep hearing so many good things about this book- I'm not a big Amy fan- I don't dislike her, I'm just not that familiar with her outside of her hosting The Golden Globes (not sure I should admit that, haha), but it sounds like she's really wonderful at putting things into words and has a lot of valuable things to share!

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  10. I seriously love your reviews! This has been on my to read list for awhile I need to get to it!

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