**spoiler alert** After reading Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, and Landline last year, I ended a long Twitter hiatus purely for the sake of following Ra**spoiler alert** After reading Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, and Landline last year, I ended a long Twitter hiatus purely for the sake of following Rainbow Rowell's feed / Benedict Cumberbatch gif museum. I'd read anything by her at this point, including her grocery list, so getting a copy of Attachments was a given. I read it in two long sittings and I was sorry when it was over. ...more
I listened to Amy Poehler's audio performance of Yes Please and the whole while I thought "what the hell must the physical pages of this book look likI listened to Amy Poehler's audio performance of Yes Please and the whole while I thought "what the hell must the physical pages of this book look like?!" The audio performance is totally entertaining, and at times even odd, with lines read by Kathleen Turner, Patrick Stewart, and Poehler's parents in equal and random turn. The producer of Parks & Rec adds commentary to one of Amy's chapters in a way that sounds totally impromtu and leaves me curious how the chapter reads in type. Seth Myers reads his own chapter with similarly impromtu introduction and banter with Amy, and the final chapter is read live to an audience so enthusiastic and prone to clapping you might suspect Tinkebell was dying at Poehler's tiny feet.
Listening to the audiobook, I have no doubt, is the best way to experience this book. The Boston accent Poehler hilariously slips in and out of is reason enough to download.
Yes Please is also a bit of an odd ball in content. It sort of defies genre and is instead a unique, feel-good ball of Amy aura. The chapters on her career, her love of improv, her children, and considerable name-dropping are the expected bio-fare (though she writes not so much historically about her family and friends as her heart just gushes gratitude and praise for them). There is humor, of course, but most of all there's a lot of heart, and advice on being a good person who makes healthy choices (or tries to), and Amy, as with her Smart Girls work and the character of Leslie Knope, is big-hearted, and just kinda wants everyone to feel awesome.
The introduction felt long-winded; talking about how hard a book was to write sounded less and less like a joke the more and more she talked about it, to the point where it seemed self-congratulatory to me. But that's the only complaint I can wage. Skip over it if it starts to grate your nerves a bit too. Some of the name dropping had a similar effect on me, but I can't say that Tina Fey and Kathleen Hannah don't deserve whatever kudos ya wanna throw their way, and Poehler seems nothing if not genuine is the good things she is so easy to say about other people.
Improv and the ~theatre~ are not subjects of interest for me, which is probably why I didn't jump on Yes Please earlier, but even those topics aren't her main focus. If anything, I think this book is a self-help book. It's a lesson in being a kind person, and when kindness fails, at least being an honest one. It's easy to listen to Poehler talk about nearly any topic, and if my review tells you anything about this book, it's probably this: it's really hard to not refer to her as merely "Amy", because she feels like your best pal.
I hope she'll write more, despite how hard it is, and how tired she is. DOESN'T ANYONE KNOW HOW TIRED SHE IS!?? ;)...more