Thursday, December 31, 2015

Memoir Review - Year of Yes

Hey y'all 

Today I'm reviewing Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes. 

Summary from GoodReads: The mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder chronicles how saying YES for one year changed her life―and how it can change yours, too.

With three hit shows on television and three children at home, the uber-talented Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say NO when an unexpected invitation arrived. Hollywood party? No. Speaking engagement? No. Media appearances? No.

And there was the side-benefit of saying No for an introvert like Shonda: nothing new to fear.

Then Shonda’s sister laid down a challenge: just for one year, try to say YES to the unexpected invitations that come your way. Shonda reluctantly agreed―and the result was nothing short of transformative. In Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes chronicles the powerful impact saying yes had on every aspect of her life―and how we can all change our lives with one little word. Yes.

Review after the jump! 

Review: I saved my review for New Years Eve because this is the time of year when we are either full of hope for the upcoming year or dreading it. So we aspire to make changes and we seek out others who have made changes, but for me that’s hard because a lot of aspirational books come across as preachy. Rhimes’ book is nothing like that, and after reading it I believe that it has set the bar for other memoirs. If like me, you are hoping to make positive changes in the new year, then this is the book for you. Verdict: If you enjoy Shonda Rhimes’ shows on television, then you won’t be at all surprised that her memoir manages to be equal parts eloquent, funny, and tear inducing. 

Stars: 5/5 

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