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Yes Please

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  193,350 Ratings  ·  16,547 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 329 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Dey St.
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patty As someone down thread commented, she is very frank. There wasn't anything I felt she gratuitously wrote about. The chapter about drugs very clearly…moreAs someone down thread commented, she is very frank. There wasn't anything I felt she gratuitously wrote about. The chapter about drugs very clearly is titled that. It is about 4 pages long. A list of has and has not taken of sorts.

There is a little written about sex. And with the layout of the book everything is clearly labeled in LARGE font. Which meant for me to read it with the book facing a wall so my 8 year old doesn't read over my shoulder as he sits down next to me! What stood out to me the most LOVE/SEX in the book was when she wrote about going into labor. It was something like, "Will and I were so in love. Is a couple ever more in love then when you are just about to have a baby?" That struck me as something so beautiful, something so real and so poignant. She lays her heart right out there where it matters not tawdry or cheaply with a list of guys she banged and there penis sizes or whatever.

The only thing I will say I noticed, not because I was offended or anything but just because I didn't want my son to walk by, read, and go, "Hey mom, why are you reading a book with the work f*** in it, that's inappropriate!" (I can actually here his voice in my head as I'm typing this hahaha!!!) There are some pages where it says f*** multiple times in bold print across both pages.

If language bothers you then you probably won't be happy with this.(less)
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Dec 16, 2015 Madeline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
This is not a comedy book.

I mean, it's funny. Amy Poehler can't write a book and not be funny, because she's Amy fuckin' Poehler. But (and this is not the first time I'm going to compare the two memoirs) where Tina Fey's Bossypants contained humorous essays written specifically for the purpose of being funny, Poehler's does not. Everything is presented in a straightforward, matter-of-fact, fashion, and although a lot of the book is very, very funny, it never seems like this was the specific goa
Kat O'Keeffe
Apr 17, 2015 Kat O'Keeffe rated it really liked it
Fantastic! Amy Poehler is so funny and relatable and inspirational. I especially loved learning about how she got into comedy and improv (as that's something I'm interested in myself) and just her general attitude and perspective is so refreshing and positive. I actually listened to the audiobook for half of this and it was brilliant--Amy's narration just makes this extra fun and hilarious. Overall, this was an awesome memoir! (And the Parks and Rec bit at the end just gave me so many FEELINGS, ...more

YES REALLY. I almost gave this two stars, except it includes George Clooney and that would be a crime.

This book is fine. It didn't charm me. It actually took me about three or four days to read 288 pages, which is funny because a lot of those pages don't include any actual words (she's got a ton of photocopies and inspirational signs intermixed with the text). It just wasn't as fun to read as I anticipated.

The problem is that she spends most of the book talking about how hard it is to write a
It breaks my heart to give this book one star.

I love Amy Poehler. In fact I love every member of that early two-thousands (the decade, not the century) female Saturday Night Live cast ensemble: Poehler, Fey, Rudolph, Dratch.

ladies of SNL

I often mentally include Kristen Wiig in the mix, too, because she’s fantastic, but she was sort of late to the party, having joined SNL a year before Dratch and Fey left.

But as I was saying, I think highly of Poehler. I enjoy her comedy, her intelligence, her personality ov
Nov 07, 2014 Sarah rated it did not like it
No, thank you.

I was supposed to love this book and as I always do when I find myself super disappointed, I looked back through other reviews to see if I was alone. I don't think I am alone, but no one is expressing my disappointment quite how I need it to be expressed, so I get to do that myself this time around.

I just kept waiting... and waiting... and waiting. The moment it was going to get good and awesome had to be right around the corner! Soon I would get past all the filler and all the flu
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Good Christ – just obtaining a library copy of this f*&^%$g book was like going on one of karen’s adventures. After my third trek down to the local bibliotheca, I finally had success.

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Look at the happy!

You’re probably asking yourself “if she’s such a Poehler fangirl, why didn’t she just go to the B&N and grab herself a copy????” Well, you see … I am cheap.

Yes Please also wasn’t getting real stellar ratings and reviews so I dec
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Feb 16, 2015 Catriona (LittleBookOwl) rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Inspired me to continue on watching Parks & Rec!
Very much enjoyed this, and I loved how Amy brought in others to help voice some sections of the book.
Darth J
Nov 12, 2014 Darth J rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, humor

[As Will Ferrell impersonating James Lipton:] "Amy, we remember seeing you in various things before you joined SNL in 2001. I'm sure this evoked the same feeling for our audience as most 90’s kids felt when Kenan joined the cast, though we were saddened to learn that he divorced Kel due to Kel’s orange soda addiction.
You starred in such classics as Wet Hot American Summer, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigalow, and Citizen Kane. From the Upright Citizens Brigade to The Office Spinoff, your career has alw
Lindsey Rey
Nov 10, 2014 Lindsey Rey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, funny
HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE AUDIOBOOK! Amy Poehler is so genuine and awesome! On the audiobook she has special guests, a live audience for the final chapter, lots of random conversation, and all sorts of extra awesomness! LOVED THIS! :D
Raeleen Lemay
Jan 16, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
AMY IS INCREDIBLE. She is hilarious and down-to-earth and isn't afraid to admit her faults. I really enjoy her and I enjoyed this book.
Aug 02, 2015 Felicia rated it really liked it
Whelp, look for a flood of reviews coming in, cleaning out my bedroom/office before I go on the road for book tour! That also includes a lot of autobiographies I read as research/pleasure in the last year, preparing and writing my book that I need to add to Goodreads.

I had to cut myself off from reading books in this category, actually, because I started getting intimidated and comparing my structure/writing to other peoples' autobiography structure/writing which only served to paralyze me and m
A book by Amy Poehler? Yes, please.

This was a little underwhelming, if I am totally honest. It had some funny moments, but didn't quite have the insight I was hoping for. I didn't walk away feeling like I had learned anything new about Amy Poehler, because she chose not to focus on stories of her background or comedy career so much as ditties on loving your flaws and the categories of books on divorce. That's fine, but left me kind of disappointed as I was more interested in learning more about
Barry Pierce
Another fun read from the subgenre I like to call, "Memoirs written by women who worked on SNL". It's overall a fun and humourous read. It may have needed some editing and could have lost a couple chapters but as a whole it's a memorable memoir. It's fun and that's all it needed to be.
Nov 06, 2014 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing! Poehler complains about how hard it is to write a book many times, which is annoying, but I can't see how it would be hard to write a bad book. It's so obvious she was forced to do this, it's written from a bad place and I felt that bad place the whole time I was reading it. Poehler basically links lazy (she frequently says "I'll tell you about that later" which means she doesn't know how to tell a story) and shallow ("I don't remember anything about SNL so I'm not going to write ...more
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Yes Please

I admit that it took me by surprise how much I enjoyed Amy Poehler's Yes Please.
Perhaps because she is an performer and an entertainer, audio was the perfect medium to deliver her funny and heartfelt stories.
Part memoir/part self-help book, this one doesn't stand out for its lyrical or beautiful prose, or even for narrating the life of the most extraordinary performer for that matter. Instead, what I liked the most about it, was Poehler's authenticity and her ability not to take hersel
Jan 24, 2015 Zoë rated it really liked it
I LOVE Amy Poehler. This book just highlighted my favorite parts about her and also showed me some of her faults, which she owned up to. She just seems like such a genuine and down to earth person and I love it.
I also highly recommend the audio book! I read the first half with the physical book and then changed to the audio book version and it made the entire experience so much better. Her voice is so soothing and you can tell when she's being sarcastic (it's sometimes hard to tell in the physic
Nov 16, 2014 Diane rated it liked it
I am probably not the only one who has a girl crush on Amy Poehler. She's funny, she's smart, she's sassy and she does good work.

But I hope my future best friend will forgive me when I say her book is less than great. "Yes Please" is a fun little memoir about Amy's childhood, how she got her start in comedy, and some good behind-the-scenes stories, but overall, it's scattered and not very deep. She briefly discusses her marriage and divorce to actor Will Arnett, but the focus is primarily on he
Steph Sinclair
This was just okay for me, but that might be because I listened to Yes Please directly after Leah Remini's Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, which in hindsight was probably a disservice. But whatever, this wasn't as funny as I was hoping it'd be, and I think I laughed the hardest at the last chapter.

I think the main issue is just that Amy Poehler's life isn't as fascinating to hear about. And I realize this is a pretty odd thing to say given that this is in fact an autobiograph
Actual Rating: 3.5

I loved some parts, others not so much. I preferred the first half to the second - there's definitely more pages/quotes tabbed. Overall a nice read that made me laugh quite a few times. A nice mix of humour, biography, and advice. I'll probably appreciate some aspects more later in life, but I can still appreciate her honesty and voice. Highly recommend this to fans of biographies and it might help if you at least like Amy a little bit.

I recently started watching Parks and Recr
May 17, 2016 XxTainaxX rated it liked it
Heard it in audiobook and the guest stars made it that much more enjoyable. The rapport between them and the clear bond they have is pretty awesome. I feel a little awkward and mildly embarrassed but hot damn did I enjoy Patrick Stewart's reading parts. It was sexy as hell with that accent (blushes furiously). The content was sometimes funny. Sometimes somber. Sometimes heartfelt. There were moments when I cringed, particularly where drugs were concerned. She is honest. She is flawed. Some parts ...more
Nov 05, 2015 Elyse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not knowing 'at all' what to expect, I listened to the audiobook on my overdrive app
from the library.

I fall asleep too early to watch SNL. I didn't watch the Emmy's. I never heard of
Parks and Recreation. The only movie I saw Amy in was "Baby Mama".
... But I did see The Golden Globes when she and Tina Fey were the hosts.

I had zero expectations about "Yes, Please". I remembered a few reviews when the book 1st came out. Many of her fans were disappointed, yet a few people enjoyed it, if my mem
This far exceeded my expectations. It was genuine, honest, and hilarious all at once. Poehler doesn't shy away from discussing the darker sides of life, but she approaches them with hope and an uplifting spirit. I didn't expect to become so invested in the book, but the farther I got into it, the more engrossed I was.


Update, July 2015: months later, very little about this book has stuck with me except for the beautiful chapter about her sons. It was enjoyable, and because I love Amy so much I
Apr 29, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
This book. I listened to the audiobook and it was WELL worth it. Hearing not only her life experiences but also the people who have shaped her as a human being. Wonderful and maybe I teared up a few times.
Feb 07, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it
So I listened to this all in one day and honestly I love this lady so much. (I mean I already did, but this just increased that love) This was also super emotional and I really love and admire her perspective on life and all that good stuff.
This was so hard for me to give only 3 stars. I honestly thought about just going ahead and giving it 4, but I would've been lying. But I will say that it was more like 3.5, so there.

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First off, I want to say that I adore Amy Poehler! I have been told at various points in my life that she is my Doppleganger and I was always like, THANK YOU!! I trained, like her, at Improv Olympic in Chicago (now called IO). I moved to Chicago and started classes when she was leaving so I have always been really
Jason Koivu
Jul 01, 2015 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it
An autobio from a funny lady I admire? Yes, please!

Of course I want to learn more about a woman who's made me laugh for a good long while. For a stretch of time there, Amy Poehler was the only funny thing SNL had going for it and then she created one of the more endearing characters in television on her hit show Parks & Rec. How can you not love a confident woman who makes you laugh?

Many have not loved her book, Yes Please. I blame the reader and high expectations. For one, readers, you shou
Jan 27, 2015 Charlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!

I was so excited when this audiobook came in at the library! To be honest, I'm more of a Tina Fey fan than an Amy Poehler one, but I figured I would give this a listen anyway and I'm glad I did!

I learned that Amy grew up no more than an hour or so away from me, and she can pahk her cah with a Boston accent as well as anyone. I was surprised to learn she's from my state because her accent is usually so disguised. I learned that she's a HUGE fan of Carol Burnett, (who among other celebs
Feb 26, 2015 Rincey rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, 2014
Love love love love love.

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I love, love, love Amy Poehler! She is a great entertainer with an extensive filmography, but I am most familiar with her through my favorite SNL decade along with one of my absolute favorite TV shows, Parks and Recreation. She's amazing on screen and I was so excited to hear she had written a book! Yes Please is a memoir full of humor, insightful advice, and heartfelt moments. Though I was surprised at how much content was about her work and behind-the-scenes information about the industry. Aft ...more
Nov 20, 2015 Esil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I really got a kick out of Amy Poelher’s “Yes Please”, but there’s no question that much of my enjoyment came from the fact that I listened to the audio. She is smart, funny, generous and insightful, and this comes through loud and clear not only in what she says but how she says it. Some parts truly knocked my socks off – her chapters on the body image demon (I plan to have my 14 year old daughter listen to that one), apologizing, her trip to Haiti and her love for her two sons. Some parts were ...more
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Amy Meredith Poehler is an American actress, comedian, voice artist, producer and writer. Raised in Burlington, Massachusetts, she graduated from Boston College in 1993 and moved to Chicago, Illinois, to study improv at The Second City and ImprovOlympic. In 1996, she moved to New York City after becoming part of the improvisational comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade, which later developed into ...more
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