Read 1/23/20 – 1/24/20
This amazingly fun read. I read this not long after If you ask me, by Betty White, and I found this to be everything that one was not. Poehler is constantly engaged with the reader. This is as much a story of her life as it is a conversation. Poehler writes in a way that completely pulls you in with he clever wit and charm. In the audiobook, that is magnified by a million, as she brings in voices of family, friends, and celebrity to really bring it home. I highly recommend you check out the audiobook. The book itself has great images too, but the audiobook is a unique performance.
I was very happy with the content. Poehler has the benefit of this being her first book while White had told us about things in past books. That means we get a good outline of her life, and then it is followed by a series of important milestones and aspects of her life. She didn’t shy away from tough topics like her divorce or other problems in her life. It was an interesting story that I enjoyed learning about. Everything flowed well; I think that is an important trait of a great memoir which can appear choppy or moment to moment.
In the end, it was like having an intimate conversation with Amy Poehler. It will likely appeal to any fan of Poehler, but even the casual reader is likely to leave with a smile. 4/5 stars
Rating Break Down
Writing Style: 8/10
Desire to Reread: 0/10
Final Rating: 4.05/5
Note, each rating is weighted based on personal importance (see blog for more details).