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  • Exactly what I expected from Amy Poehler

    Amy writes about her boys, her career and her family. She briefly mentions her divorce to Will Arnett, in no specific detail. The majority of the book is her life in showbiz. My favourite part was when Amy gave a detailed intro to each member of the cast of Parks & Recreation and stated 1. Her favourite moment with this person. 2. Something we wouldn't know about that person and 3. The funniest moment on set. I thought this was a great read and it was really funny.

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  • Amy Please!

    This was such a fun read. I could hear Amy basically reading the book to me in my head so that was awesome. I love her practical advice and hearing about just how hard she had to work to get to where she is. I paused at times to watch YouTube clips of performances she mentioned. The chapter I laughed out loud at was near the end about her boys. Read it and tell me you didn't chuckle. The best piece of advice she gives on career that is applicable to everyone is in the chapter "Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend". She makes me want a career partner in crime like Tina Fey and her chapter on how cell phones will kill us is hilarious, true and so on point with how we have a love / hate affair with our phones. They drive us crazy yet we can't get rid of them. Definitely a great read!

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  • Great book!

    Amy Poehler's voice can be heard when reading the novel. I'm not a big fan of non-fiction, but this was definitely a great read. Funny, clever and honest.

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  • Great read.

    We are all just trying to live and love and be loved, thank you for sharing Amy. Its refreashing to feel human.

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  • Not For Me

    I can't even tell you how disappointed I am with Amy Poehler. I had expectations, visions of how funny and offbeat it would be - just like her. I had read Bossypants and it was so funny, girl-empowering and chock full of advice for life, it really was a delight to read. I finished that book in a couple of days yet months and month later I have to admit to struggling through the first half of Yes, Please! and skimming the rest. There is one thing, Amy, that I totally agree with you on and that is Tina Fey is far more talented than you! I never knew. I always thought there was equal amounts of talent, but no, you are right, she is a better writer for you, that's for sure. Now, let's be honest. Amy has had to have a fascinating life experience up until this point. But to read about it was a snore. I was not sure whether she was trying to impart life lessons (as suggested by her chapter titles) or just to recount the events of her life, or to explain how she got the be the offbeat quirky funny girl that we all know and love. She lived in New York for seven years, she was part of the comedy scene at a very exciting time, she worked on SNL, and just the people that she met, alone should have been enough to fill a book. The problem with the book, is one that she speaks to when describing parts of herself. She didn't want to get too personal (re her divorce, or telling other people's secrets). But I don't care about the nitty gritty of the divorce or a tell all. I just wanted her experiences. That would have been enough. She also says that she keeps arms length of fans and is intensely private. Then why write a book about yourself? There really wasn't enough of Amy in the book. It was so long, my goodness, writing about every little thing that happened to her, but it almost at times, seemed like a laundry list of events. Rather than choosing important life defining moments and reflecting on those, she decided to fill us with one fact after another, skimming over events so that she never really had to get personal. I know that she is almost apologetic for being successful, and no one is asking you to self-agrandise, but if you get a little bit personal, put some of yourself in the book, I just don't care. The whole point is that she has lived an interesting and different life than most of us. That's why we are interested. Sadly to say this book disappointed me on so many levels. I never got a clear direction of what is this book supposed to be. Was it a memoir, advice giving, funny recollections, I don't know but it failed all of these if that was the intent. It seemed impersonal while at the same time describing every event that ever happened, as I said a laundry list of events. Sad to say, I don't know Amy Poehler any better from reading this book and my view of her as a comedienne, writer and artist really took a hit with such an ill-advised approach to this book.

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