Yes, Please provides a comical behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood’s comedy scene and a peek into Amy Poehler’s life. The scenes about her career are strong and engrossing. If you’re a fan of Parks & Recreation, you have to love Poehler’s assessment of her co-stars (while simultaneously feeling sad because the show has drawn to a close).
However, there is room for improvement. The overlong prologue rambles on about how hard it is to write a book. Halfway through, my attention wandered and I repeatedly checked how close I was to the next chapter. There are funny moments within the opening, but it felt like it would never end. Condensing and cleaning up would improve the pace.
The rest of the book was equally scattered. An anecdote about starring in a Wizard of Oz production filled a full chapter, not because there was a lot to tell, but because it was filled with tangents. The rambling is Poehler’s comedic style, but would be enhanced with more editing to streamline the writing and emphasize the most interesting parts of Poehler’s story.
Poehler also has a few words of wisdom that are inspiring and others that are just plain ridiculous. Worth the read, but be ready to wade through some slower bits to reach the true heart of the book.