TITLE: Yes Please
AUTHOR: Amy Poehler
YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2014
NUMBER OF PAGES: 190 (PDF)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amy Poehler is an actress, comedian, and writer. She was a founding member of the comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City and a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2001 to 2009. She also starred as Leslie Knope on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, for which she won a Golden Globe.
Amy wore her heart on her sleeves the whole time and although she shared her story in a humorous way, I could still read the vulnerability in her words. It takes strength to be that vulnerable.
She addresses so many aspects of life: love, friendship, sex, divorce (even though she didn’t really go into details), parenting and being a #GIRLBOSS.
At the early part of the book, she shared a story of how she was flat-chested in middle school and how guys spoke down to her. She says that we all have demons and she goes into great detail explaining this. That part resonated well with me.
I find it thrilling whenever I read a story about a fellow woman pouring her heart out and sharing the most vulnerable parts of her life. (I’m aware that I’ve used vulnerable a lot in this post).
Amy also talked a lot about Tina Fey. She even dedicated a part of the book to her titled ‘Partner in Crime‘ where she mentioned her being her comedy wife and wrote an acoustic poem for her. I love their friendship! It’s funny how I have Tina Fey’s Bossypants in my book collections and I still haven’t read it, I don’t know if I would soon but I promise a book review if I eventually do!
🔴 “Good for her, not for me”.
If woman A tried it and it went well for her, it doesn’t mean it would go well for woman B if she tried it too! Mary finished school and went for her masters degree program right away? Well, I’m glad she did. Good for her, not for me. As for me, I’d love to go for my NYSC while I learn a skill that would serve me well after I’m done ☺️
Every woman should learn to say this and I’m also talking to you men too (good for him, not for me).
🔴 “Let go of what you will never have. People who do this are happier and sexier”.
🔴 “Apologies have nothing to do with you. It is a glorious release. They are balloons in the sky. They may never land. They may even choke a bird”.
She shared a short story about one sorry she took about 5 years to say. She didn’t want to apologize because she felt she wasn’t at fault, she was finding excuses not to for the sake of her ego and shame. But she finally apologized and she explained in detail how that felt like a heavy burden was lifted off her shoulders.
🔴 “Relax in the moment and live where you are”.
I’ll keep saying it. The journey called life is not an easy one. Always learn to enjoy your ride. Learn to take random stops and refuel, your tank needs it!
🔴 “Jump out of your comfort zone and Just do it anyway”.
🔴 “The doing of it is the thing. The doing is the thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing”.
🔴 “A person’s tragedy does not make up their entire life”.
🔴 “Learn to say no and make it a complete sentence”.
No negotiations, no explanations. Just N O, period.
🔴 “You have to care about your work but not about the result. 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”.
Worrying too much about what people think about you would only cause you so much stress. You’re getting dressed to go to work but you don’t want to repeat that blue blazer you wore to work last week Thursday because you’re afraid people would say you don’t have enough clothes. They probably don’t remember the color of blazer or skirt you wore yesterday!
🔴 “Watching great people do what you love is a good way to start”.
🔴 “The only way we will survive is by being kind. The only way we can get by in this world is through the help we receive from others. No one can do it alone, no matter how great the machines are”.
And as goodreads described it, Yes please is a book full of words to live by. You just want to hang the important quotes on your wall or write them in your journal or maybe turn them into your personal mantra (like me) while you randomly remember the funny parts of the book in public and laugh out so loud to yourself people start thinking you’re crazy (this didn’t happen to me).
Yes please is undeniably a humor-filled fun book. Sometimes, while reading, I just had to stop, drop my phone and laugh till I didn’t have it in me to laugh anymore (it was that funny).
At the first few pages of this book, Amy talks briefly of how she struggled finishing this book (she made some good jokes about it too, lol) and as a blogger, it was really relatable. Writing is HARD, and she wrote a BOOK! That’s something.
She was so stuck that she asked other authors for advice. “Asking someone who has already finished a book for advice is akin to asking a mother with a 4 year old what childbirth is like, all the edges have been rounded and they have forgotten the pain“, she writes. I guess WRITER’S BLOCK got her pretty bad.
That being said, I love her writing style. I love the way she wrote short essays for each story she was telling while making it humorous.
I also won’t lie that at some point in this book, I had to open my dictionary app (but minimized) in my phone while I read. Lol. There were some B I G words and excuse me, *coughs* English is my second language. Reading books is one of the sure-fire ways to increase your vocabulary. This book increased my vocabulary and I love learning new words. I used some of those words in this blog post!
She calls it a memoir/autobiography but I call it an inspirational/self-development book. Why? Because in her story, I got these three important things;
Really gold mantras eh?
How was the review? Were there some things I missed and you feel I should’ve included? Have you read this book? What’s your personal rating? Will you read the book if you haven’t?
This is my second review, I am already enjoying doing book reviews and I have so much in store for you guys. You should see my reading list, so many books but little time 😭😭😭
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