Bossypants or Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? this is not. Those books are hilarious. They had me laughing so hard my abs hurt. I giggled a couple of times while reading Yes Please, but overall, this book is more memoir and advice than anything else.
Amy Poehler didn’t seem to write this book to entertain. She wrote it as if she’s your cool “aunt” you only see every once in a while who has a cool job like tour manager or flight attendant and thinks that since she’s had so many unique experiences that it’s her duty to tell you what she knows- whether you asked her to or not.
The book is very preachy- as if Poehler thinks she’s an expert on life- but it is a memoir, so it was kind of expected that she’d sound off on what she’s learned. I just kind of expected it to be funnier.
But you’ll notice I did give this 4 stars because regardless of whether or not it was what I was expecting, it was an enjoyable read. Amy Poehler comes off as wonderful and down to earth. Her views on womanhood, careers, and motherhood are insightful and kind. She’s the type of woman who probably isn’t talking shit about you after you leave the room. Probably.
Read this book, but don’t expect to find it in the humor section with Bossypants and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?. Poehler, Kaling, and Fey are the trifecta of female comedy, but Poehler’s book isn’t really all that funny.