Book 32 of my 2016 Reading Challenge
read from March 27 - 31
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Summary (via Goodreads)
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.
I love Amy Poehler so it's no surprise that I enjoyed this book, although it made me sad all over again that she and Will Arnett are no longer together.
I like the little touch of "Thank You" printed on the back of the book under the book jacket. I remove the book jackets while reading because they get in the way, which is how I noticed it.
I loved the small-world story of the first time she met Seth Meyers (she and Tina Fey randomly picked him out of the audience during a improv performance).
The book wasn't snarky but I did get a hint of shade regarding her UCB partners. Is it coincidental that she continually praised Besser and Ian and was kind of like oh yeah, Walsh was there too, or was it a deliberate snub?
I love her description of sisters, "they had each other's backs even when they were talking behind them". I also completely understood her reference to "tragedy porn". I have certain YouTube videos and songs I know I can rely on if I need a good cry and I now have a label for them.
I hope she continues to write because I want more!
A Few Quotes from the Book
"When you are pregnant you can get away with a lot of shit. Women really are at their most dangerous during this time. Your hormones are telling you that you are strong and sexy, everyone is scared of you, and you have a built-in sidekick who might come out at any minute. There should be some kind of pregnancy superhero movie. Calling Hollywood now. What's that, Hollywood? It's a weird idea and also you don't do movies with female superheroes? Copy that."
"Forget the facts and remember the feelings."
"My motto has always been "Do work that you are proud of with your talented friends." My other motto is "I need to keep working or the government will seize my boat." Both of these things helped me say "yes please.""
"If I have learned anything from hip-hop, it's that there's nothing sexy about a baby that ain't yours."