Let me just say right off the bat - I love Amy Poehler. So I had high expectations for her memoir, Yes Please. I was sadly disappointed. A book that I thought I would finish in two short sittings like Tina Fey's Bossypants instead took me all month. Tina Fey's 272 page book felt like a feather compared to Amy's 329 page book. Thankfully it was broken up by pictures and fun quotes. It hops all over the place and I often found it tedious to read at times (confession: I skipped some chapters). As Dwight Garner said in his New York Times review "her heart wasn't in it."
I didn't want to write a scathing review because I love Amy. She's a great role model for women. Also, I've never written a book so who am I to judge? I just think this could have been a better opportunity to enlighten women like myself on how she got to where she is and earned the confidence she has. As she says several times throughout the book, writing a book is really hard so props to her for writing one. She does drop nuggets of advice, you just have to keep an eye out for them.
"There is a difference between determination and talent."
"Ambivalence is key to success"
The people listening to the audiobook version seem to be enjoying it more. I think hearing her words in her voice would be the best way to enjoy this book. Perhaps I'll attempt to reread it again and perhaps enjoy it more. I am excited about my next read, Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay. Been hearing many great things!
What are you reading?