Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes


Title: Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person
Author: Shonda Rhimes
Pages: 336
Genre: Non-fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: November 15th, 2015
Buy: Amazon | Chapters


Summary: (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.


I had been meaning to read this book since in  came out last November, but I honestly believe that sometimes books find you at the exact right moment in your life. I truly believe that I was meant to read Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes at this moment. Year of Yes is the account of the self -growth journey Shonda Rhimes took after realizing that she had closed herself off to the world around her. She shied away from the things that made her nervous or scared and by doing so, missed out on some amazing moments. That was all put to an end when her sister muttered 6 words. Shonda decided to embark on a journey for one year. She decided that during this one year time frame she would say yes to anything and everything that scared her, the results were life-changing.

I found this book to be extremely inspirational, I found myself relating to Shonda in so many ways throughout her story (you wouldn’t believe the amount of sticky notes I went through!) Did I agree with absolutely everything that Shonda had to say? No. However, her story and journey really made me examine my own life and look at it from a different perspective. I think Shonda stayed true to herself  and I loved how honest she was with her readers. I think her honesty and her bluntness are what really kept me engaged and interested in her journey and in her thoughts. This novel caused a lot of self-reflection which is why I think this book came to me at the perfect time in my life. Shonda’s writing was raw and real, and she kept it funny and entertaining.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who feels a little stuck in their life. Truly Inspirational!

Rating: 4/5

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