TITLE: Yes Please
AUTHOR: Amy Poehler
PUBLISHER: Dey Street
PUBLISHED DATE: October 28, 2014
I didn't love or hate this book.
I don't know if that's saying much, or not enough, or too much...but...it is what it is.
I've seen Amy Poehler and Saturday Night Live. I'm sure I've seen her is a few movie...Baby Momma is coming to mind...which I didn't like... I've read a few comedian memoirs and when the audiobook came up in Overdrive, I said...why not.
I mean...it's not bad. There were parts I appreciated. She talks about balancing a demanding career with motherhood - and I'm always attracted to that story, so I guess that peaked my ear. Poehler tries hard to be funny, and includes a full ensemble, including her parents and a few other guest speakers. I was confused by that. Perhaps she thinks an audiobook just for the sake of it is boring...maybe she thinks her story is boring...I mean she admits to being plagued with insecurities...but I just wanted to take her aside and tell her..."hey....we audiobook people don't need all the bells and whistles. Just read it well, it'll be fine."
Poehler describes her upbringing as blue collar. She got lots of love, and perhaps the worst thing that ever happened to her in her whole life was a trip to Haiti where she fantasized about having sex with a Haitian taxi driver, and saw the poverty of black people in another country. Yeah....I wasn't particularly amused. She tried to make it funny and heartwarming, and she confronted her own personal guilt...but...I don't know...I just wasn't that into this book.
Recommendation: For fans of Amy Poehler
Audience: Millennials and Beyond
*I borrowed this audibook on my library Overdrive account.