YEAR OF YES by Shonda Rhimes

With three children at home and three hit television shows, it was easy for Shonda to say she was simply too busy. But in truth, she was also afraid. And then, over Thanksgiving dinner, her sister muttered something that was both a wake up and a call to arms: You never say yes to anything. Shonda knew she had to embrace the challenge: for one year, she would say YES to everything that scared her.

This poignant, intimate, and hilarious memoir explores Shonda’s life before her Year of Yes from her nerdy, book-loving childhood to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her. The book chronicles her life after her Year of Yes had begun when Shonda forced herself out of the house and onto the stage; when she learned to explore, empower, applaud, and love her truest self. Yes.







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Comments: Rhonda is a very interesting person to read about. There were moments in her book that I strongly identified with, and there were moments that I didn't identify at all with her perspective. I liked the premise behind her 'Year of Yes.' I enjoyed learning about how she grew into herself, and began enjoying life more. However, there were moments that I found myself thinking, "I don't agree with that at all!" For example, I didn't agree with her rant on how awful it is to be "a meek, chaste, timid woman." I especially cringed at the devaluing of being chaste. I think there is great beauty in a chaste woman. Perhaps her definition of chaste and meek are different from mine. Nevertheless, I did enjoy her book, and will be taking a few key Shondaland moments with me to "dance in the sun" with.

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