Book Review: Yes Please

Book Review: Yes Please

HAILEY KLINE Lifestyles Editor

Yes, famous people can in fact write intellectual novels that are both stimulating and interesting. Most importantly, they can openly support several different social justice issues, just as Amy Poehler has in her autobiographical novel “Yes Please.”

The book is geared toward a female audience, perhaps trying to find where they belong in the world.

Poehler speaks about her struggles being a mother, looking past the stigma of females not being able to be comedians in the Hollywood scene and being brave enough to conquer the obstacles that no one believes are possible to overcome.

There are several stories of rejection in the novel in which she was denied roles she auditioned for and other job opportunities strictly because of her gender. Despite the accusations and assumptions, Poehler proved them wrong and continued on her path to a successful career in entertainment. 

What I found intriguing is how she knew that making people laugh was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life at such a young age. In middle school, she realized that her life goal was to make people laugh at and with her, whatever made the audience interested. As one could imagine, her novel is nothing short of hilarious and enticing. It’s amazing to believe people like her could be anything but confident, but this book proves the depth and authenticity of Poehler herself. She is not always the glitz and glam we see on television. 

I would recommend this novel for anyone who is looking for a fresh start. Poehler gives incredible tips that can apply to anyone at any time in their lives. 

She reminds us to embrace our flaws rather than covering them up and to never let the opinions of others interfere with our perception of ourselves.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars