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).
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Nothing short of AMAZING!!!
This by far has been a life changing read for me. In just the past 2 months I've yearned change. And I've been reading more and talking less. I stumbled across this read and decided to choose audio. Well I finished this audiobook in a little over 24 hours. Only because I work in an operating room and wouldn't wanna explain the reason a patient might've coded is because I was in shondaland lol. Thank you Shonda for this AMAZING read!!! I am looking forward to my "badassness."
Best accidental read ever!
Great story telling, incredibly relatable! She creates this little world exclusively for the two of you. By the end you’ve developed a whole new language and inside jokes. All while showing you that there is so much more to be enjoyed and appreciated in life. LOVED IT!
Surpasses the hype
I'm not one for sitting on the sidelines and saying no to opportunities, so I figured I wouldn't get much out of this book everyone was saying changed their life. Girl, was I wrong! I cried no less than ten times and covered my wall in post-its with quotes from the book. It is now a staple in my ears and on my bookshelf, something I know I will return to over and over again throughout my life.