Year of Yes

Year of Yes Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
Pages: 311
Released: January 05, 2015
Nonfiction | Memoir | Self Help


There are several expectations one has when they start a new book. Book cover, title, synopsis, and author all play in a part in reader expectations. I’ll admit I didn’t read the synopsis to Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes. I saw the book had decent cover, a catchy title, great reviews, and it’s written by the popular and successful television writer and creator Shonda Rhimes. On expectation meter mine were somewhere in the middle since I thought Year of Yes was a motivational book. I realized the end of the forward Hello: I’m Old and I Like to Lie (A Disclaimer of Sorts) my expectations should have been higher. There is a reason Rhimes owns Thursday night network television. The second thing that hit me was the Year of Yes was an autobiographic exploration into a life changing year of Shonda Rhimes life. Which shouldn’t have been a surprise the back jacket it’s an autobiography which is not quite right. Saying the Year of Yes is equal parts humorous autobiography and motivational work of art would be selling it short. It’s more like sitting down with a girlfriend you haven’t seen in a long time and her telling you her adventures. You two are having a grand time as she talking, laughing and joking and all the while she is dropping gems of advice and motivation that is easily digested. And when her tale ends you want more.

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