Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Book Review ~ Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes


Title:  Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Pages:  352
Date Published:  October 20, 2016
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster


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. Speaking engagement? No. Media appearances? No. And to an introvert like Shonda, who describes herself as 'hugging the walls' at social events and experiencing panic attacks before press interviews, there was a particular benefit to saying no: nothing new to fear. Then came Thanksgiving 2013, when Shonda's sister Delorse muttered six little words at her: You never say yes to anything. Profound, impassioned and laugh-out-loud funny, in Year of Yes Shonda Rhimes reveals how saying YES changed - and saved - her life. And inspires readers everywhere to change their own lives with one little word: Yes.
My Thoughts:
With this book read, I have now completed 12 books this year.  Such a sad, low number for someone who used to read at least 3-4 books a week!  But, I feel my reading slump deteriorating as I make time for the joy of reading once again :)

Now, the review:

I don't want to give too much away as this is the inaugural book for the Kindred Readers Book Club.  I did want to document it here on my blog for the sake of getting that 12th book read, though!

My goal for 2022 is to read outside of my "comfort" zone and this book definitely did that for me.

I enjoyed the writing style and found myself actually laughing out loud multiple times.  Do I agree with everything Shonda stands for?  No, I don't.  But, there were so many similarities in character between her and I that I understood where she was coming from.  On most things.

I definitely learned a lot about myself while reading this book.  I may even start saying "Yes" to more now too!

I can't wait to really dig in with the other members of the Kindred Readers Book Club and discuss this book!

Onto the next book!


  1. Great review! I plan to finish it next week.

  2. Sounds like a great book.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for sharing your response to this book. It piques my interest now.


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