Have you read Yes Please by Amy Poehler? This month, I started the Lime Ricki book club so all of us can share our love of reading and chat together! I would love for you to join in the discussion, so if you’ve read the book, please comment and tell me your thoughts about it!

Anyone who participates will be entered to win a “favorite things” kit! It will be full of fun things my sisters and I love to have when we read – snacks, notebooks, and other surprises!

Yes Please

I absolutely loved Yes Please. It is chock full of funny experiences, life advice, and awesome things that Amy has done throughout her life so far. She shares thoughts on everything from improv, to motherhood, to navigating life. Truly anyone can find something to relate to in this one!

What’s your favorite line from Yes Please? Why?
There are so many good ones, but one of my absolute favorites was “You have to care about how good you are and how good you feel, but not about how good people think you are or how good people think you look.”

Amy definitely encourages us to be ourselves, not compare ourselves to others, and to keep following our passions no matter what. I think it is such good advice to compete against myself but not always against others.

Why do you think Poehler named the book Yes Please?
I know that Amy addresses her title in the book, but that aside, I think it’s all about her attitude toward life. She isn’t afraid to take risks and go on new adventures – she’s not afraid to say “yes,” and even more than that, she really embraces it by adding the “yes please!” It’s her life motto, and I think it’s a great outlook.

What do you think about how Poehler demonstrates feminism in her book?
Amy mentions several times how she has been a woman in a man’s world by pursuing a career in improv and comedy, but she has never let that stop her. She has held her own and become just as successful as – if not more successful than – some of her male peers.

I especially loved the part about working moms vs. stay-at-home moms. So often mothers are looked down upon for how they choose to parent or spend their time when they have young kids. No matter how a mom chooses to do it, it’s right for her and should be celebrated!

Did you expect Yes Please to be more on the funny side or more on the “life-advice” side? Have your expectations been met?
I definitely expected the book to be more funny than it was, but it did have me laughing in a lot of spots and I didn’t mind the life advice at all! I would have loved to see more of Amy’s incredible sense of humor, but that’s why I have Parks & Recreation and SNL reruns.

Do you feel like Amy was open and down-to-earth in her book, and if so, did you like that aspect? Why or why not?
It actually surprised me how much I felt like I really knew Amy by the time I got to the end of the book. I think I could sit down with her for lunch and talk to her just like I would talk to any friend! I love how real her voice was in her book, and how grateful she is for her success and everything that she has achieved in her life.

Overall, did you like or dislike the book? Would you recommend it to a friend?
I loved Yes Please, and I would definitely recommend it! If you haven’t read it yet, go out and get it right now. Even if you’re not an Amy Poehler fan, you will be by the time you finish!

So, what did you think of it? Post your answers to these questions or any other thoughts you had about the book in the comments, and you’ll be entered to win the “favorite things” kit! The winner will be chosen on March 31.

Our next book is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. We’ll be discussing it on April 23. Join our online Facebook book club for access to the questions throughout the month, more chances to win, and exclusive discounts! And of course, book chats with me and my sisters!

March 26, 2015 — Nicole

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