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!

  • 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

  • Heidi The Hippie Reader

    Shonda Rhimes' heartfelt memoir about the power of embracing who you are and having the courage to set aside what you are not.

    Though outwardly successful, Shonda was miserable. Between over-working and her introverted tendencies, she turned down every invitation and social event. The ones that she was forced to accept were anxiety inducing trials or complete blanks because of panic attacks.

    Shonda didn't even realize she was unhappy until, one Thanksgiving, her sister tells her that she doesn't s

    Shonda Rhimes' heartfelt memoir about the power of embracing who you are and having the courage to set aside what you are not.

    Though outwardly successful, Shonda was miserable. Between over-working and her introverted tendencies, she turned down every invitation and social event. The ones that she was forced to accept were anxiety inducing trials or complete blanks because of panic attacks.

    Shonda didn't even realize she was unhappy until, one Thanksgiving, her sister tells her that she doesn't say yes to anything. Something clicks and Shonda embarks on a

    . Her results are astonishing and so is this memoir.

    I have never watched a single episode of

    . I didn't even realize that that was her show. You don't need to be an aficionado to appreciate this book.

    Shonda begins with some crushingly honest passages about her discomfort at sharing her life and her passion for writing.

    pg 6, ebook. Not that there's anything wrong with that. :)

    The first part of this book was actually hard for me to get through because she was so obviously uncomfortable at creating a window into her heart and mind. She gets over it and so did I.

    pg 12, ebook.

    Shonda is just so relatable. Take this confession about motherhood:

    pg 63, ebook. I know, right! Nobody knows what they're doing. I take comfort in that.

    Throughout her year of challenging herself, Shonda discovers that she's uncomfortable in her own skin because of her weight. This next passage is for anyone out there who has body image issues:

    pg 85, ebook. End of story.

    I also liked how she came to a new understanding about how life works:

    pg 120, ebook. I've started to think that too.

    The

    is recommended for readers who enjoy memoirs or for those folks out there whose lives are in need of an awakening- a shaking of the snow globe of your reality, if you will. Shonda said yes to things that scared her and discovered, on the other side of fear, a life truly worth living. I hope that we can all be as fortunate and as brave on our journeys.

  • Lola

    Shonda Rhimes would make an incredible teacher. The world could use a teacher like her—eloquent, understanding, interesting, bold, and so very open-minded. I want her to be my teacher. Don’t get me wrong, there are many good teachers at my uni, but Shonda Rhimes has so much to say and such a fantastic way of expressing herself.

    It doesn’t matter if what she’s thinking is unlike what others are thinking. She won’t modify her opinions to fit the common ones. She is loud and clear. Sometimes I would

    Shonda Rhimes would make an incredible teacher. The world could use a teacher like her—eloquent, understanding, interesting, bold, and so very open-minded. I want her to be my teacher. Don’t get me wrong, there are many good teachers at my uni, but Shonda Rhimes has so much to say and such a fantastic way of expressing herself.

    It doesn’t matter if what she’s thinking is unlike what others are thinking. She won’t modify her opinions to fit the common ones. She is loud and clear. Sometimes I would find myself disagreeing with her claims – like her saying women CAN’T have it all. But I would keep on reading and slowly realize where she is coming from. She explores different angles.

    I remember reading Drew Barrymore’s memoir – Wildflower – in which she, too, admits to women not being able to have it all and I disliked her statement. It sounded negative. It WAS negative. Turns out, Barrymore didn’t convince me. All she said was that after she started having kids, she didn’t feel like working anymore, preferring to stay home with them. Which is fine, but the way she said it – women CAN’T have it all – seemed like she expected all women to have the same experience.

    But then I read Shonda Rhimes’ thoughts on the matter, and suddenly I was like, ‘‘You know what, it makes sense that women can’t be in five different places at the same time and that they need help taking care of their kids and maintaining the house, especially if they (like Shonda Rhimes herself) have one or multiple jobs with long hours. They deserve to not be overwhelmed and stressed all the time.’’ It makes sense.

    By the way, this is not all this book is about, but it shows that some people are able to make you see what others can’t. Shonda Rhimes is one of those people and I admire her so, so much. Also, feminism, yay!

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  • 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.

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