Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Yes Please

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 by.

Details Yes Please

TitleYes Please
Release DateOct 28th, 2014
PublisherDey St.
Number of pages329 pages
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor, Audiobook, Biography

Reviews Yes Please

  • Madeline
    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 fu...
  • Kat O'Keeffe
    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 ...
  • Emily
    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...
  • Jason
    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. 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 en...
  • Sarah
    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! So...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: 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. 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 als...
  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    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.
  • Lindsey Rey
    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
  • Darth J
    [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 Citiz...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    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.
  • Felicia
    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 struct...
  • Natalie
    I picked this up after having listened to Seriously... I'm Kidding on audio and feeling in the mood for something similar to cheer me up while having that damned cold. Also known as: part-two-of-feeling-terrible-and-wanting-an-audiobook-to-cheer-me-up-when-I-don’t-have-the-energy-to-read-actual-words.I don’t why it took me so long to realize that listening to memoirs on audio is a genius move. It made me rethink a lot past choices of reading ...
  • Maureen
    After having this on my shelf for like two years I finally got around to it and it was great! I just love Amy Poehler so much guys.I listened to the audiobook as recommended by most people (while flipping though the physical book for occasional pictures) and MAN would I say if you at all can access the audiobook, listen to that! Not only are there special guest speakers, but some parts have actual audio from the things she is talking about (like ...
  • Jessica
    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 disappointe...
  • 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.
  • lp
    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 reme...
  • Carmen
    Once a woman turns 40 she has to start dealing with two things: younger men telling her they are proud of her and older men letting her know they would have sex with her. Both of these things are supposed to be compliments but can often end up making this particular woman angry. I don't think a man who is 15 years younger than me should tell me he is proud of me unless he is my sober coach or my time-travel dad. Older men can be sexy and powerful...
  • Diane
    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 a...
  • Iris P
    Yes PleaseI 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...
  • Zoë
    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 sa...
  • Elyse
    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 di...
  • Rebecca
    Actual Rating: 3.5I 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 lit...
  • 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...
  • Norma
    3.5 stars ~ Having YES PLEASE sitting on my Kobo shelf for quite a while unread I decided to give the audio version a try as my sister Brenda listens to audiobooks frequently and told me that I must give it a try. So now I have, Brenda! lolI found this book to be entertaining and I really liked that AMY POEHLER was the narrator of her own autobiography. To be totally honest I don't really know what actually attracted me to this book in the first ...
  • XxTainaxX
    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 c...
  • Nenia *The Flagrant Liberal* Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestScratched another female celebrity memoir off the to-read list! Yaaass!I was telling someone the other day that celebrity memoirs tend to follow a particular format.First you have the introduction, a la Troy McClure: "Hi, I'm ______. You may know me from _____, _____, and ______."Then you have the idyllic childhood with the charming quirks meant to foreshadow their life in showbiz. Don't worr...
  • Maxwell
    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. ...
  • Elizabeth
    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.
  • Katie
    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.
  • Jenna
    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. 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 ...