images matter, that the people we see on television and in movies have an actual impact on the way we live our livesFor those of you who are Grey’s Anatomy fans, this book does not give you an in-depth, behind the scenes look at the creation of the show, but it does have some really poignant descriptions of Shonda’s relationship with the character Christina Yang, and the actress Sandra Oh, who plays her. I think that that’s something that Grey’s Anatomy fans will really enjoy. Another thing to really love about this book is just Shonda’s transparency, her authenticity, her willingness to share moments of vulnerability and insecurity. She lets us see her in an elevator power-posing before a big presentation. She talks about the internal mommy score-card that’s constantly running in her mind that makes her feel as though she’s not a good enough mom when she’s really killing it professionally. The fourth thing I really loved about this book is its boldness in insisting that images matter, that the people we see on television and in movies have an actual impact on the way we live our lives. The fifth thing I really love about this book is just the moral of the story, as she’s presented it, which in her words is, “Happiness comes from being who you actually are instead of who you think you’re supposed to be.” Thanks so much. I hope you enjoy Year of Yes as much as I did.
Maya Payne Smart is a lover of caffeine, books, and justice. A wife, mom and community advocate, she splits her “me time” between speed reading and slow writing. She specializes in covering dynamic women who lift as they climb.