• $12.99

Publisher Description

2017 Audie Award Finalist for Audiobook of the Year

The instant New York Times bestseller from the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder shares how saying YES changed her life. “As fun to read as Rhimes’s TV series are to watch” (Los Angeles Times).

She’s the creator and producer of some of the most groundbreaking and audacious shows on television today. Her iconic characters live boldly and speak their minds. So who would suspect that Shonda Rhimes is an introvert? That she hired a publicist so she could avoid public appearances? That she suffered panic attacks before media interviews?

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.

“Honest, raw, and revelatory” (The Washington Post), this wildly candid and compulsively readable book reveals how the mega talented Shonda Rhimes finally achieved badassery worthy of a Shondaland character. Best of all, she “can help motivate even the most determined homebody to get out and try something new” (Chicago Tribune).

Biographies & Memoirs
Shonda Rhimes
hr min
November 10
Simon & Schuster Audio

Customer Reviews

ShimShady33 ,

Year of Yes

Funny. Inspirational. Witty. Empowering. A little dramatic at times and probably two chapters too long but overall a great read. Really made me think about what I say no to and most important, why.

Flawssy ,


The book was everything I needed

emmaaamariaaa ,


Definetly a couple chapters too long. Originally thought it was a self help book or an autobiography but it’s not at all. It was hours and hours of her complaining about her priveldged life and not knowing how to be grateful about it. I was so disappointed especially with all the good ratings. There are some good tips and advice she gives but it could have been said in 3 chapters. ALSO I don’t know if my audio book downloaded wrong but the chapters did not line up at all to the speaking. My phone would say I’m in chapter 7 but she would be talking about chapter 11. There were chapters that were like 1 minute and 30 seconds long but it wasn’t a quick chapter it was just the middle of a paragraph. Definitely would not recommend

Listeners Also Bought