Year of Yes

I read this book in three days.

Yup three days, I could not put it down.

First, if you are a Grey’s Anatomy fan, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK. It feels like a “behind the scenes” of the characters and how and why they were written.

Second, Shonda Rhimes is an amazing writer. She has created multiple amazing shows, Grey’s Anatomy being my favorite, so this book being amazing was no surprise.

But it’s not just that Shonda is an amazing writer. In this book she opens up on another level about relationships and fears and her struggles through those. She writes about being alone, how alone everyone feels at times. She talks about the fear of opening up, of being vulnerable, of public speaking and how one simple word changer her life.


She learned to say yes, she said yes to things that scared the poop out of her (in those words too). And she does it in just an amazing way that all the readers feel understood. This book is one of those perspective changing books where when you’re done reading it you want to go out and do. To live your life with no fear. To say yes.

It’s amazing that words can inspire that in people. The passage below helped me remember that being scared and being nervous can be the best way to feel alive.

“Be brave.

Be amazing.

Be worthy.

And every single time you get the chance?

Stand up in from of people.

Let them see you. Speak. Be heard.

Go ahead and have dry mouth.

Let your heart beat so, so fast.

Watch everything move in slow motion.

So what. You what?

You pass out, you die, you poop?


(And this is really the only lesson you’ll ever need to know.)

You take it in.

You breathe this rare air.

You fell alive.

You are yourself.

You are truly finally always yourself.

Thank you. Good luck.”

– The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

So if you’re looking looking for a humorous book about life, TV, writing, and taking chances, then I definitely recommend this book.