By CARMELLA DECARIA
The multitalented Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder delivers yet another masterpiece. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person takes the reader on a journey beginning on Thanksgiving of 2013 when her sister Delores makes a startling comment that shatters Rhimes to her inner core and leads her to question every decision leading up to that very day. Thanksgiving day continues to haunt her until she comes to the realization that she is unhappy with her life and herself and makes the life changing decision to say yes to everything for one year, which isn’t an easy task for Rhimes who considers herself an introvert and a professional liar. Who would have ever thought that the creator of two very successful shows and executive producer of one groundbreaking television show was unhappy with herself and the way she was living her life?
In her debut memoir, Rhimes is gripping and honest and brave and doesn’t hold back in fear that people wont agree with what she believes. Year of Yes explores a number of topics ranging from, stepping out of your comfort zone, self image, the importance of accepting a compliment, saying yes to no, finding your people, accepting who you are, as well as a number of other subjects. She puts some of the issues at hand that women are afraid to talk about into a different perspective that makes you feel as if you aren’t alone. She explores the true meaning of saying yes and going all in. We see Rhimes as a working mother of three, a sister, a daughter, a friend, a boss, and most importantly a normal human being, which allows us to gain a connection with her as a reader. Whether she is talking about her interview with Oprah Winfrey or hiring a publicist to avoid interviews and public appearances she gets to the root of her problem and finds what part she needs to say yes. While you and I can’t connect with Rhimes on the level of being asked to sit down with Oprah for an interview, Rhimes, instead of bragging about her interview with Oprah focuses on the issues many of you and I may face daily such as nerves, fear, and panic.
Year of Yes is a positive, motivating, and inspirational book full of insight to kick-start your 2016 reading list off. Rhimes is encouraging and empowering and her book has something in it for everyone.