BOOK REVIEW| Yes, Please.

The title Yes Please comes from a few different places. I like to say ‘Yes please’ as an answer to a lot of things in my personal and professional life. The ‘Yes’ comes from my improvisational days and the opportunity that comes with youth, and the ‘please’ comes from wisdom of knowing that agreeing to do something usually means you aren’t doing it alone. It’s called Yes Please because it is the constant struggle and often the right answer. …’Yes please’ sounds powerful and concise. It’s a response and a request. It is not about being a good girl, it is about being a real woman

This is the memoir/book of wise sayings by actress-comedienne Amy Poehler. I have never watched her onscreen before, not even when she hosted the Golden Globes last year. I mentally placed her in the same category as Tina Fey but I really knew nothing about her. And then I listened to her audiobook. Yep, listened. I’m sorta into audio books and they’re especially interesting when the author is also the narrator, which she was! She also had guest readers, including her parents and Seth Meyers among others read specific chapters and sections of the book. It was a lovely experience. I download audio books from audible.

Amy Poehler is Laugh-out-loud funny! She seems like such a lovable person and other than how honest she is about her life -even though this isn’t exactly a tell-all, when she tells about something, she does not hold back- I really admire her support of other women. I believe that this is lacking in more ways than one in our world. She supports, not to gain anything back, but just because its the right thing to do and she thoroughly enjoys herself doing so. Also, she apologizes for some mistakes she’s made and makes no effort to sweep her faults under the carpet. There is a chapter on how to apologize and many people will find that helpful. I particularly love the way she talks about the moon and her children. Her metaphors are terrific!

The book covers a wide range of topics from aging, divorce, sex, relationships and sleep. Amy, a self proclaimed terrible sleeper, notably states

sleep helps you win at life

Other favorite quotes:

I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things

That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. Good for her! Not for me

I think we should stop asking people in their twenties what they “want to do” and start asking them what they don’t want to do. Instead of asking students to ‘declare their major’ we should ask students to ‘list what they will do anything to avoid.’ It just makes a lot more sense.

Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that- that’s what life is. You might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that’s really special and if you’re not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself

It’s never overreacting to ask for what you want and need

Anger and embarrassment are often neighbors

Fighting aging is like the War on Drugs. It’s expensive, does more harm than good, and has been proven to never end

I have realized that mystery is what keeps people away, and I’ve grown tired of smoke and mirrors. I yearn for the clean, well-lighted place. So let’s peek behind the curtain and hail the others like us. The open-faced sandwiches who take risks and live big and smile with all of their teeth. These are the people I want to be around. This is the honest way I want to live and love and write

You have to care about how good you are and how good you feel, but not about how good people think you are or how good people think you look

Shame makes people abandon their children and drink themselves to death. It also keeps us from true happiness. An apology is a glorious release

There are way too many amazing quotes from this book. She knows stuff. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her. It was refreshing and I would look forward to listening to her just for a few minutes before bed or while I got ready for school.

I’d give this book 5 stars. If you’re into memoirs, start here! I’m currently reading Mindy Kaling’s book and she’s also very funny. I like these kind of “no pressure” memoir type books where free advice is doled out generously.

Till soon, Afoma x