Sunday, 22 February 2015

Amy Poehler - Yes Please Book Review

I haven’t been getting on so well with all these celeb books that are loosely linked to feminism. The ones I've read aren't even worthy of a dedicated post so I’ll touch on them quickly here. #GIRLBOSS made me want to gouge my eyes out with spoons – have you ever read something so self indulgent and patronising? Honestly, you could play a drinking game with the number of times she reminds the reader that she's "CEO and founder of Nasty Gal" If you haven’t read it, please don’t.

Mindy Kaling’s lacked structure, was pretty dull and was inappropriate at times. Don’t joke about rape, grown women should know that. As for Lena Dunham’s offering – you can read my views here. Caitlin Moran’s “How To Be Woman” took two attempts at completing and just tried to hard to be controversial.

Back to Amy. “Yes Please” was actually the second book of this genre that I read. Whilst I was intrigued, I didn’t have especially high hopes as, I’m going to be honest here, I’m pretty sure the only thing I’ve seen her in is Mean Girls. Despite the to be expected references to Parks and Recreation which, I hadn’t seen any of at the time, I really enjoyed this book.

Amy Poehler, is laugh out loud funny, passes on wise wisdom in a way that makes you think “why don’t I know this? Why haven’t I thought of this before” joined together with heartwarming tales of her children, parents and her own childhood. If any doubt was left as to whether Poehler is a top lady, she speaks of her former husband with fondness, something not many would be able to do so gracefully. She also presents herself as very human and relatable by being open about a time she behaved poorly and why the apology was of such great importance. She also talks about her career with prides and describes what it's like trying to break the comedy industry as a woman and balancing this with family life.

Whether or not you are familiar with Parks and Recreation or Saturday Night Live, Yes Please is such a feel good book laced with important advice and undertones of feminism, which makes for great life lessons for young women. If you're going to read a book by a female celebrity, make it this one!
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

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