Yes Please is a place for Amy Poehler to reminisce, offer advice, life lessons, and be hilarious all under one cover. She explains her life in a series of stories and lessons, and at one point she hands over the reins to Seth Meyers, (a friend whom she met on Saturday Night Live). He wrote a chapter about Amy, in his own words, all because, she was too tired to write. Seriously, who does that?? Amy Poehler. The book is broken down in sections and titled according, such as: Say Whatever You Want, Do Whatever You Like, and my favorite Be Whoever You Are.
The photo below is a great example of her humor. She makes her own Photoshop suggestions, with the goal of being supermodel Giselle.
What I liked most about the book was that it was raw and honest, and there are no other books out there like it. I think one of the biggest problems in todays society is that celebrities are idolized, and the world sets their own ideals based on celebrities. This has created multiple problems with body image for example. Reading Yes please was the breath of fresh air that this world needs. Celebrities are moms, they go through divorce, they say mean things, they make mistakes, all just like us. There was a story Amy wrote about where she did a skit and made a joke about someone with a disability. This offended someone personally because they had lost a child with a disability. Instead of apologizing to the family she let it go on for years without ever talking to them. Eventually she decided she needed to apologize, so she did through a series of letters. The letters are copied inside of Yes Please. It takes a lot of courage to admit you made a mistake, but to publish it in a book that is now a #1 New York Times best seller, TAKES GUTS.
Amy Poehler takes part in many charities, but is most interested in empowering women. She feels the best way to change the world is for them to “be themselves.” Amy is also an Ambassador for the Worldwide Orphans Foundation. She founded Amy’s Smart Girls, with Meredith Walker. “Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls organization is dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves. We emphasize intelligence and imagination over “fitting in.” We celebrate curiosity over gossip. We are a place where people can truly be their weird and wonderful selves. We are funny first, and informative second, hosting the party you want to attend”.
While I appreciate her humor, my overall feeling of the book was that it never went deep enough into one topic. There would be a story that seemed interesting and funny but then she would bounce to another random thought. That being said, I really appreciated the honesty. The book felt chaotic, but then again, the definition of improv is: