Amy Poehler – Yes Please
Let me say this first before we continue the review for this book. I do not read biographies in fact I can count the amount of them I have read on one hand (three including this one) and the other two I was severely disappointed in (Gordon Ramsey's Humble Pie, and Richard Ayoade's Adyodae on Adyodate). However this book far surpassed any exceptions I may have had.
Throughout the book Amy preaches it's quality not quantity that gets you to where you want to be and I have to believe she's right especially in reference to this book. When I first picked this up I thought I would get bored learning about the early days of Amy's career because as much as I love her comedy I do not know the ins and outs of it and I thought I would find it confusing and boring, I had already decided to flick through those pages. However, to my surprise, I actually really enjoyed learning about Amy's past and how she developed over the years, and I came away with a better understanding of improv and comedy. Part of this I believe is the way that Amy managed to put her voice across through her writing. You feel like your talking with a friend you have know for years and it is a comfortable read that you find for some reason you can just not put down.
Relating to Amy was easy because she's so real and down to earth, she doesn't make a big deal out of being popular and she has the same thoughts and fears as every one else and I felt like this endeared her to me even more.
We had some similar experiences growing up and we share some of the same issues surrounding teenage years and early twenties. I had always thought I was a weird child when reflecting on my childhood with some of the things I got up to, so, in turn, had developed into an odd adult. It has taken me a long time to learn to be comfortable in my own skin and reading about Amy's thoughts, feelings and reactions to certain situations (the creepy hugging thing) she had been in has made me feel less alone in the world. There are people like me and it makes you happy to know that.
Overall I would recommend this book to anyone with a creative edge. It really helped me change my view of the world and myself and made me less afraid to look to the future and what it has in store.
The thoughts and musings of an author who can't get her brain to shut off.
I don't like rating books. I think a 'good book', much like 'good music', is subjective.
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