I have to admit that I went into this book with high expectations. Because I picked this book right after I had read (and loved) Bossypants. And as television personalities, I liked both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler equally, so I guess I had an unreasonable expectation of liking their memoirs just as much. But that did not happen. Yes Please was kind of a disappointment.
But to be fair, I have to say this book did start out pretty well. It’s just that, after the initial few chapters, it simply did not hold my attention. In-fact the only reason I was able to complete it, was because I heard it on audio vs actually reading it. And typically I race through audio-books, but this one I was listening for months! Again, not because it was a long book, but a not-so-interesting one.
Now don’t get me wrong, I did not hate this book, it simply wasn’t for me. In-fact if you remember my review of Bossypants, I had mentioned that the only thing I did not like about the book was the small section in the middle with all the name dropping and the references to her shows that I did not get.
In Yes Please, that was not a small section in the middle. It was basically the whole entire book, or the majority of it. Which is why I had a difficult time relating to her as a person. And in a memoir, that personal connection is extremely important to me, and I just did not get enough of that from this book.
However, the one good thing that came off reading this book was that she talked about Parks & Recreation SO MUCH, that it made me check it out. And while I wasn’t too impressed by the show in the beginning, as it took me a while to get used to the format, I am pretty addicted to it now.
All in All:
This was an okay read/listen for me. But if you are a die-hard Amy Poehler/Parks & Rec Fan, you may enjoy this one. Especially because you will definitely get all the references.
That’s all from my end, folks. I would love to hear from you guys. Did you read/listen to Yes Please. How did you find it? Also, Parks & Recreation – such an oddball that show is, but also so very addictive! What do you guys think?
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