Year of Yes

Year of Yes

In this poignant, hilarious and deeply intimate call to arms, Hollywood's most powerful woman, the mega-talented creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder and Catch, reveals how saying YES changed her life - and how it can change yours too. With three hit shows on television and three children at home, Shonda Rhimes had lot...

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Title:Year of Yes
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Year of Yes Reviews

  • Rachel Watkins

    Who knew this was what I needed to hear? Shonda Rimes did. A gifted writer who has created some of America's beloved television characters, Rimes tells it like it is and reveals her flaws, insecurities, and weaknesses all while sharing the story of the greatest challenge she made for herself. YEAR OF YES gives hardcore helpful advice on how you can't do it all, it's okay to admit you need help, and saying YES to yourself comes in many forms. Highly recommend to all women!

  • Didi

    I was happily surprised when I was approached by a representative from Simon & Schuster asking me if I was interested in reading Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes in exchange for an honest review. I couldn’t refuse. I knew Rhimes’s book was due to be released soon and wasn’t sure if I’d be able to pick it up to give it a try.

    Even though my work schedule has butchered my reading and blogging for the moment, I’m still managing to read a bit here and there. Year of Yes was my latest conquest and it

    I was happily surprised when I was approached by a representative from Simon & Schuster asking me if I was interested in reading Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes in exchange for an honest review. I couldn’t refuse. I knew Rhimes’s book was due to be released soon and wasn’t sure if I’d be able to pick it up to give it a try.

    Even though my work schedule has butchered my reading and blogging for the moment, I’m still managing to read a bit here and there. Year of Yes was my latest conquest and it arrived 4 days ago and I managed to gobble up this 307-page book in that time. Check out the rest of the review here:

  • Jenny Kim

    Dear Ms. Shonda Rhimes,

    I want to be your friend. You don't know me but I want to be your friend. Since I'm requesting a friendship I should start by being honest first. I'm sorry but I've never watch any of your show. And I have to apology again since I will unlikely watch them in the future. It's not you, it's me.

    But thank you for saying yes for a year, and writing your experiences in a funny, frank, honest book which felt like we had a long conversation over a delicious lunch as if we were f

    Dear Ms. Shonda Rhimes,

    I want to be your friend. You don't know me but I want to be your friend. Since I'm requesting a friendship I should start by being honest first. I'm sorry but I've never watch any of your show. And I have to apology again since I will unlikely watch them in the future. It's not you, it's me.

    But thank you for saying yes for a year, and writing your experiences in a funny, frank, honest book which felt like we had a long conversation over a delicious lunch as if we were friends. (I want to be on your Ride or Die list, but I'm running ahead of myself.) Thank you for sharing yourself in subjects that are relevant to me and women everywhere: being a working mom, motherhood, weight, friendship and family, the glass ceiling, marriage and so much more. I especially loved all the speeches.

    I will do my best to become Badassery and practice Wonder Woman pose every chance I get and I look forward to another long lunch date in the future.

    Sincerely,

    Jenny

  • Kerry

    I like the spirit behind this book and I like the author a lot, but I really disliked the tone of the writing. I just felt like: get to the point already.

  • Lucy Haynes

    It was OK - it wasn't what I expected it to be.... an inspiring tale of someone taking on the world with one simple response to any question - "YES!". It was sadly more egotistical and focused around a handful of experiences within that year - no doubt profound to Shonda, but not thoroughly inspiring to the reader.

    If you like Shonda Rhimes and want to learn more about her, then great, this book is for you.

    For someone that doesn't like talking about herself, she does a really fabulous job of tal

    It was OK - it wasn't what I expected it to be.... an inspiring tale of someone taking on the world with one simple response to any question - "YES!". It was sadly more egotistical and focused around a handful of experiences within that year - no doubt profound to Shonda, but not thoroughly inspiring to the reader.

    If you like Shonda Rhimes and want to learn more about her, then great, this book is for you.

    For someone that doesn't like talking about herself, she does a really fabulous job of talking about herself...

    On the up side, she is witty and charming, warm and lovable. It's an easy, light read. And maybe this would be empowering to someone who is seeking validation on not wanting what society tells her she should have.

  • Darth J

    Oh, how I wanted to like this. To think the book from the woman who owns Thursday night prime time could be so trivial is more shocking than most of the characters she kills off. I wanted to root for her like Tyra, but kept feeling like she was just meandering and bragging about things while rarely reaching a cohesive point.

    The thing is that the book isn't boring, and her writing style seems much like her personality: quite pleasant. She just has such a roundabout way

    Oh, how I wanted to like this. To think the book from the woman who owns Thursday night prime time could be so trivial is more shocking than most of the characters she kills off. I wanted to root for her like Tyra, but kept feeling like she was just meandering and bragging about things while rarely reaching a cohesive point.

    The thing is that the book isn't boring, and her writing style seems much like her personality: quite pleasant. She just has such a roundabout way of explaining things that makes you forget what her original topic was. Then there are times where she seems unapologetic about some messed up stuff she's done to people. I'm talking

    she's done to people personally and she just waves it off like it's something small that she will "forgive [her]self for, one day".

    There are also photos included in the book, and true to her bragging about her beautiful family, you can see that she's genetically blessed. I wish with all of her talking about how important her family is that she actually included more stories about them.

    All in all, I have to give this 2 stars. It felt like sitting in an outdoor café and listening to her squawk about life: not unpleasant, but certainly long-winded and usually her stories don't go anywhere.

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  • Shanley

    Ok so I know this review is more of a personal vendetta than an actual reflection of the book itself, but I had to stop reading 5 minutes in when she criticized the idea of being "a quiet librarian in Ohio." As an actual quiet librarian living in Ohio, all I have to say is: what's wrong with that?!

  • Gary Anderson

    I wasn't going to say anything about this book because I abandoned it. Then the publisher advertised it on my Facebook feed, inviting my comments. I left a negative comment based on what I read, which the publisher then deleted. So here goes.

    The self-indulgent twaddle in this book became nauseous early on. Rimes spends a surprising amount of time talking about whether or not certain situations will cause her to poop her pants. I pulled the plug when she speculated about the sex life and drug abu

    I wasn't going to say anything about this book because I abandoned it. Then the publisher advertised it on my Facebook feed, inviting my comments. I left a negative comment based on what I read, which the publisher then deleted. So here goes.

    The self-indulgent twaddle in this book became nauseous early on. Rimes spends a surprising amount of time talking about whether or not certain situations will cause her to poop her pants. I pulled the plug when she speculated about the sex life and drug abuse of Mary Poppins.

    This book originally appealed to me because I thought it would be about prioritizing for joy. Nope. There was a lot more about poop than there was about anything insightful or joyous.

    Reviewing a book I didn't finish is not my usual approach, but I also don't think the publisher should use my feed to promote its product and then cherry-pick the feedback.

  • Jeremy Klavens

    Honestly, this book could've have been 150 pages. She repeats herself SOOOOOOO much. Did you know she's a writer? She is. She's a writer. She makes stuff up for a living, cuz guess what? She's a writer.

    Although the focus of the book is purportedly about how Shonda Rhimes finds a way to love herself, I can't help but think she loves herself quite a lot. Part of me hates saying that because, well, good for her. She should be proud, happy, and fulfilled. I think that's great. Even though I don't c

    Honestly, this book could've have been 150 pages. She repeats herself SOOOOOOO much. Did you know she's a writer? She is. She's a writer. She makes stuff up for a living, cuz guess what? She's a writer.

    Although the focus of the book is purportedly about how Shonda Rhimes finds a way to love herself, I can't help but think she loves herself quite a lot. Part of me hates saying that because, well, good for her. She should be proud, happy, and fulfilled. I think that's great. Even though I don't care for her shows, she has certainly accomplished a lot, entertained millions, and really changed the look of television for the better. But man, does she think she's funny. And man does she love to hear herself talk. She just goes on and on and on. It felt as if this were the first draft, like she just wrote it all stream of consciousness, last minute (as is clear she does a lot) and she thought: perfect!

    The book could really be a pamphlet: Get out in the world. Don't be a shut in.

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