Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Review | "Yes Please" by Amy Poehler

Another audiobook review! This time it's over Amy Poehler's 2014 release "Yes Please". Like "Bossypants" by Tina Fey, Poehler did the reading of this audiobook, along with chapters read by people she knows, like  Seth Meyers, her parents Eileen and William Poehler, Kathleen Turner, Patrick Stewart, Michale Schur, and Carol Burnett- all of which makes the listening more of a podcast experience. Before I get further into my thoughts, though, here's the Goodreads description:

20827363In 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 is full of words to live by. 

I will say, right away that I enjoyed Tina Fey's book a little more. It was more sarcastic, less crass, and felt more like a memoir than just a bunch of anecdotes that center around certain parts of the author's life (or, to explain better: Tina Fey's anecdotes followed a more linear timeline and expanded over her whole life while Amy Poehler focused more on what she thought were the most important parts of her life up until now and shared multiple stories from each period.) I would recommend not reading/listening to this book soon after "Bossypants" because it is near impossible not to compare the two while you read. For the purpose of this review, howcer,  I'll try to refrain from further comparisons.
The way the book is written doesn't follow a set chronological order and opens up many story parenthesis to go on tangents. For example, a story that begins with Poehler as a child would lead to a tangent story that occurred years in the future before returning to the original setting. I can see that getting confusing because, as a listener or a reader, you will forget about the first story and become invested in the sideline ramblings and going back to the original can be a little jolting. This skipping around with the timeline also means that some things are repeated.
The jokes in the book didn't seem as natural as I would have hoped they'd have been so I wasn't laughing out loud so much as smirking at the wit.
While the guest readers was an interesting addition, it did take away some from the book and made it seem almost like a podcast, I say almost because it wasn't an natural conversation. That is just my personal taste, however and I can see a lot of people really liking all the new voices. 
There are times I felt like there was a lot of word count cushioning, like when she goes into explaining all the jobs in Hollywood, or when she repeats how much she loves the people she's worked with and how her career would be nowhere near this successful without them. At other times, it seems like the book was serving to promote "Parks and Recreation" even though it's going into its last season. 

In all, the book felt a little scatter brained, so I would recommend this to Amy Poehler fans, but not everyone. If you enjoy her humor, this is a must, if you're on the fence, I would say if you have the chance, check out the audiobook, if not, it's not the end of the world.

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