Autobiographies/Biographies Book Reviews

The year of YES- Shonda Rhimes

This book has been on my MUST READ booklist since the publication year 2015. I must confess, I have not always been a fan of non-fiction. In fact, 2018 is the year I started to venture out heavily into non-fiction and especially autobiographies and I have not regretted it. There’s just something about someone sharing insecurities, struggles and success with you to allow you to realize, heck! I’m not alone in this. People are people and shit happens, even to famous people, especially the ones we think have it all together.

I can’t say I am a big fan of Grey’s Anatomy, I did, however, watch 6 seasons non-stop before I emotionally tapped out. The same trajectory with Scandal and How to get away with Murder- I watch only one episode. Still, those series are GOLD. The stories so dramatic, so poignant and ooh so good. Why am I saying this? Well, it’s a tribute to who Shonda is. She is the real life Christina Yang with a pen. She gives Christina power in the operating room, the choice to choose herself over everyone and the Badassness of not apologizing for that either. After reading The Year of Yes, this is how I now view Shonda Rhimes, the real-life version of Christina.

The Year of Yes detail an entire year in the creator’s life where for everything that she would normally say no to she said Yes instead. Things such as; giving speeches, making appearances, going to parties and dinners she have been invited to and later- YES, to self-love, YES, to choosing her career (which she describes as her soul mate) over a relationship with a great man. YES to not allowing anyone making her feel less than, that included trimming some friends who were actually not friends but an opportunist who she was blinded to previously.

This book is laugh out loud funny. I mean, I read most of it on a Delta flight somewhere over the United States sitting beside a guy who was jolted out of his sleep from my yell laugh. Lol. And I did not apologize either. This is great writing that of course, we would get from a great TV writer. The best actually. One who is painfully self-aware and is not afraid to make jokes on her account. I mean, she started out by telling us she is a liar. She makes things up. She weaves dramatic tales and we love them. Oooh how we do love them.

Then there are the great inspirational bits. The parts that make you connect with the character… ermmmm I mean Shonda.

Whole people are drawn to happy, whole people, but nothing makes a toxic person more miserable and destructive than a happy, whole person.

Also, this about the expectations society have about women and marriage. Yes!! You feminist maverick

The presence of a man at my side had people as apologetic with joy as those old videos of people seeing Michael Jackson perform live…like my street value went up because a guy wanted me…

About happiness.

Happiness comes from being who you actually are instead of who you think you are supposed to be… Be your own narrator.

This book comes at a time when I needed it so badly.

An absolute must-read.