Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

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 lots of good reasons to say no when invitations arrived. Hollywood party? No. ...

Details Year of Yes

TitleYear of Yes
Release DateOct 20th, 2016
PublisherSimon & Schuster Ltd
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Audiobook, Self Help

Reviews Year of Yes

  • 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?!
  • Darth J
    300 pages of Shonda ramblingOh, 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: ...
  • 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. High...
  • 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 ab...
  • 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 c...
  • 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 w...
  • 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 he...
  • 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 fulf...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    I do not like many memoirs. And I do not like many inspirational books. And yet here I am, really liking Shonda Rhimes' inspirational memoir. Initially I had my doubts. I'm a divorced single parent trying to make waves in a new career and scraping through to get food on the table. She's arguably the biggest thing in television, running her own production company, and while she's a single mom, she's got a nanny, a support system, and plenty of mon...
  • Trish
    Is there anyone out there who doesn’t think Shonda Rhimes is something special? She has got it all going on, creating TV characters (in a time frame that would cripple most of us) for several shows that reflect the best and worst of ourselves. She is a genuinely interesting personality. So it was something of a shock to discover she is an introvert who would much rather stay home reading and writing in her PJs than get out there and take her pl...
  • madamereadsalot
    I listened to this audiobook the last two days and I really adored it. Going into this book, I didn't know that it was by the writer of shows like Greys Anatomy, Private Practice and How to get away with murder. Neither did I know who this Shonda Rhimes even was. But the title caught my attention: 'Year of Yes.' Year of yes. Since I'm a person who struggles to say YES on a daily basis, that title made me want to read this book. I discovered that ...
  • Liz Logan
    Shockingly, the problems of a zillionaire TV mogul and my problems have zero overlap. So: nope.
  • Xueting
    I love love love this book. It makes me want to really take care of myself and love myself more. If anyone needs an inspirational self-help kinda read, whatever your main struggle in life, this book will help make you feel so much better. Even if you're not looking for particular advice on a thing, like me, read it too. Because we can always do with more self-encouragement and love from others, and Shonda Rhimes gives that here! She is such a lov...
  • Karina
    A fun and sometimes enlightening journey of personal growth. I enjoyed myself a lot on various occasions but it failed to truly hit the spot. It was funny, honest, and entertaining non the less. I'd still recommend it especially if you are a fan of her work. One of those quick/nice treats that come in book form.
  • Wanda
    A combination of memoir and self-help book, The Year of Yes was a quick and easy read. It is written in a very conversational tone (unlike many books in the self-help genre) and that may put off some readers. So help me, I had absolutely no idea who Shonda Rhimes was and I must confess that I have never seen any of her TV shows. The writing in this book left me wondering about the writing for the shows—she must put on a different hat for writin...
  • Lauren
    I was slow to warm to this book - I loved the idea of the topic and enjoy Rhimes' work on television, but initially found her writing to be too casual and chatty to really hold my attention. After putting it down for a few days, I picked it up again and found that I read half the book in one sitting. Rhimes is confessional and funny, writing with a wit and rhythm that probably works best when read aloud (of course, she writes for TV!). Once I adj...
  • Julie Ehlers
    At first glance, I'm not the obvious audience for this book: I've never seen even a single episode of one of Shonda Rhimes's shows. (I'm not bragging or anything—I'm just not a big TV watcher.) So I didn't pick up Year of Yes because I was a big fan. I picked it up because the description resonated with me: Shonda and I are both introverts who have to work to force ourselves out of our comfort zone. I've even done something similar to the Year ...
  • Naoms
    Originally Posted at: Confessions of an Opinionated Book GeekI like to start every year with a memoir/autobiography/Non-fiction book by someone who I respect and who inspires me. As an aspiring television writer who wants to turn at least one of my many pilot scripts into an actual TV show you can imagine that Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are on my “read” shelf. I love those women and they inspire me in every way, but do you know wh...
  • Flannery
    I would say I'm a 4 or 5 out of 10 on the Shonda-Rhimes-Television-Show-Enjoyment-Index-That-I-Just-Made-Up-Right-Now. I watched maybe two seasons of Grey's Anatomy and then stopped. I watched two seasons of Scandal and then gave it up. I watched a few episodes of How to Get Away with Murder and then never watched any more. I think those shows are better than a lot of what's out there, but I just never found myself compelled to keep going. I felt...
  • Iara Picolo
    que mulher meus amigos, que mulher.
  • Erica
    There's so much I want to say about this book but it appears I have no way to express myself.I'd started to review it a few times but backspaced my words away. One review was a letter to Shonda, explaining why we should be friends. Nothing has felt right, though.All I can say that I felt an outpouring of love for this book.I wasn't necessarily in this to get pointers from her journey; I took my own version of that journey years ago and mine was m...
  • Lindsay
    Holy cow, that was good in so many ways. I had initially just picked it up because I heard the audio (read by Rhimes) was great--I'm finding lately that I'm becoming increasingly inclined to check out an audiobook for its reader alone and not necessarily the story...weird. Anyway, it quickly turned into this mega personal moment, being so perfectly timed on the verge of graduating with this second Master's degree and maybe finally having all the...
  • Gail
    Maybe it’s because this was an audio read for me, and Shonda was SO DARN DELIGHTFUL speaking its words in my ear, but this was a definite five-star read for me. I’ve been a fan of this woman’s shows for quite some time (though admittedly I don’t watch Grey’s or Scandal at present) and I admire the way she OWNS.HER.LIFE. Without apology. Without the “Who me? I don’t deserve this” lack of confidence so many women can fall for as a t...
  • Kelly Hager
    I was so excited when I received an email pitch for this book because I am a huge fan of Shonda Rhimes. (I love all her shows, including Private Practice!) And it turns out I didn't even know because now I want to marry her. (If either of us wanted to get married which, as it turns out, we don't.) Maybe we can be best friends or live across the hall or something.Anyway. You know how sometimes you read a book at the exact perfect time and it just ...
  • Heather Fineisen
    I don't watch Shonda Rhimes' shows. I used to watch Grey's Anatomy and liked it very much. My point is, you don't have to watch Rhimes' shows to enjoy her audio book, which she narrates. I suspect if you do, you'll enjoy it that much more. Listening to the audio version of this book will make you want to say Yes to the things you avoid. Rhimes is real, like a girlfriend you want to hang out with who has a bit of attitude. Yes, that friend. Who te...
  • Tracy Womack
    The writing style was annoying... Very self centered and stream of thought based. I love her shows but didn't enjoy her book.
  • Jayeeta
    3.5 starsGood, fun, quick read. I was definitely left feeling very inspired by not just Shonda's achievements but also her way of thinking and approach to YES! 2017 will be my year of YES!
  • BookOfCinz
    WOW! Just WOW! I was blown away by this!So I broke my audiobook virginity with this book. My friend told me she read it and it changed her life- yes, reading books actually can change your life. Usually I can be a skeptic but she really sounded changed, she was now starting to do all the things shes been talking about doing but I digress...For the most part I consider myself somewhat a fan of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murde...