Book Review: Yes Please by Amy Poehler
What a delightful experience it was listening to Amy Poehler narrate her new book, a memoir, called Yes Please. I've always been intrigued by Amy. She was a part of Saturday Night Live when the women ruled the sketches. It was always magical and downright hilarious to watch her on SNL and anything else she happened to be in. I had massive respect for her before reading this and now that has grown even more.
When I found out that Amy was going to be narrating her own audiobook, I pre-ordered it right away on Audible. Honestly, I think anyone who read the book in their own voice instead of Amy's is missing out. Nothing beats having the jokes read by her and hearing her emotion come through during the moments where it got more serious.
The book is filled with stories, memories, jokes, reflections, advice, and some straight up silliness. It's crass and real, yet completely relatable. There were many moments where I found myself smiling like an idiot while listening to her recount hilarious interactions, and other times where I just couldn't hold back tears. Amy is a real person facing the same struggles that all of us women face and she's completely willing to go there and talk about them.
One of my favorite quotes from the book says, "Sticking up for ourselves in the same way we would one of our friends is a hard but satisfying thing to do. Sometimes it works." Over and over she calls out how difficult it is to stick up for ourselves, particularly as a woman. She talks about faking it and being bold when you are terrified to be, and tells us to stop being so sorry all the time- "It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to feel sorry for".
What I love about this woman is that she is bold, knows what she wants, and is extremely gracious while doing it. She makes me want to be her friend.
I laughed out loud while listening to this, I cried while listening to this, and it made me think. It made me grateful that there are strong women out there, encouraging all of us bossy ladies to keep fighting for ourselves. I enjoyed every minute of this audiobook and I think you will too.