Are you all about life advice, humour, and general awesomeness? Looking for a book has all three? Yes please!
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I think I’ve mentioned quite a few times in my Fabulous & Freakin’ Awkward Fridays posts how much I love Parks & Recreation – it is one of my favourite shows ever, and it stars one of the best human beings on the planet – Amy Poehler. Her book is just as fabulous as she is.
It is so fascinating reading about her time in Chicago in original improv group, the Upright Citizens Brigade. She speaks so passionately about her time performing, it’s hard not to be inspired. She explains how the group grew in members and popularity, moved to New York and eventually even gained a regular TV slot.
The really lovely thing about this book is that it’s not trying to be funny. There are no forced jokes, no stories written for the sake of humour. That being said, it is a funny book. Amy is a naturally funny lady, and that shines through organically amongst her stories of self-image, parenthood, love, sex, and friendship.
Speaking of friendship – you probably already know that Amy is best friends with Tina Fey, star of 30 Rock. You really get a sense throughout this book of just how deep their love for each other goes. Honestly, these two will give you serious friendship goals. They support each other, celebrate each other and raise each other up at every opportunity, and it’s bloody wonderful.
Amy Poehler is a total badass. She appeared in TIME Magazine‘s top 100 most influential people in the world. She’s an actress, a writer, a producer, a director, a voice artist, a comedian, a feminist, a best friend and a mother. She has a hoard of awards under her belt, and she’s a co-founder of the online community for young women, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, which speaks of achievements by women, raises awareness of gender inequality and sexism, and promotes “intelligence and imagination over ‘fitting in.'”
Then there’s the fact that she’s a really wonderful writer. Yes Please is easy to read and really entertaining. Amy is great at making even the simplest stories interesting, and there are little gems scattered throughout the pages in the forms of incredibly insightful quotes, for example:
“Saying ‘yes’ doesn’t mean I don’t know how to say no and saying ‘please’ doesn’t mean I am waiting for permission.”
This book is about living unapologetically. It’s about being confident in yourself and your abilities and going at what you want head-on. It’s about realising that you deserve good things, and to not let anyone tell you otherwise. Honestly, reading this book is a huge self-confidence boost. Hey, if Amy Poehler thinks you can do it, you can bloody do it.
If you’re after a book that will make you smile, teach you life lessons, inspire you and entertain you, Yes Please is the perfect book. You can grab it from Book Depository here with free shipping worldwide – please let me know if you read it, or if you’ve already read it – I’d love to hear what you thought! Let me know in the comments below!
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Next week’s book is, fittingly, Bossypants by Tina Fey. The review will be posted on Tuesday – make sure to check in! If you’ve got any other suggestions for book for my challenge, I’d love to hear from you! Let me know in the comments below!
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