Saturday, January 14, 2017

Year of Yes-A Book Review

The story is about Shonda Rhimes, the writer of all those wonderful Thursday evening shows: Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and (as a producer) How To Get Away With Murder. It is my favorite night of television. So I expected to like the book. 

It is a 'tell-all' about how she changed from an obese, extremely shy, down-trodden lady to the fierce black woman she is today.

I didn't much like it! I read it for a book club I belong to. I wasn't sure they would want to hear my thoughts until I chatted with some of the ladies in a Facebook group and found many of them felt the same. (However, the majority of the group l.o.v.e.s. the book).

Reasons I didn't like the book were: for a writer of great TV shows, she can't write a very good book. The book rambled and rambled and hardly ever made it to a 'point'. 

She insisted throughout the book that she doesn't like talking about herself yet she continually pats herself on the back and tells us how wonderful she is. I found it really hard to relate to her. She is filthy rich, has kids, no father for these kids, a housekeeper and a nanny. Nothing at all that I can relate to. Nor do I want to!

For me it just didn't make it! I will only give it ** two stars!

34 comments:

  1. Good for you for criticizing a book without feeling guilty about it. I just stopped reading a book that everyone is praising. I quit on page eight cause the two main characters were pissing me off.

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    1. You have me curious, Denise. What book did you give up on? :)

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    2. I do the same. I have this 80 page rule that if I don't care about the story or the characters I stop eating. And lately I don't even wait that long. Ha. Life is too short.

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    3. I would have quit reading this if it hadn't been on our book reading list for book club! I still find it hard to quit reading a book! I'm with Susan though. I would love to know what book it was that you quit reading Denise!

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    4. It was the Light Between Oceans. I went to Goodreads and discovered I wasn't the only one who disliked it. My rule is 50 pages. I had no desire to read past page eight for this one.

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    5. I haven't heard of this book!

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  2. There are those kinds of books that just don't 'click' with us. That's okay. I haven't read this one, nor even heard of it. I will probably promptly forget about it. Makes the good ones so refreshing doesn't it? I still kinda miss A Man Called Ove. Happy Saturday!

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    1. A Man Called Ove was one of my favorites last year! I would like to find him out there somewhere!!!!!!

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  3. Thanks for the review. Doesn't sound like a book I would enjoy either, though I didn't realize the author was a well-known entertainment writer.

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  4. No book is for everyone. Not to worry. There's a reason I stick to fiction--these sorts of books bore me.

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    1. That is true. I agree! Usually I don't like these sorts either!

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  5. The only reason I liked this is because I listened to it--with her narration, it was like we were girlfriends having coffee. And I was also annoyed at the self-congratulatory nature of the book.

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    1. People tell me I would like it better if I had listened to it. I think I'll pass!

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  6. Given its author, I'm surprised!
    ... and pleased I didn't spend the $$$ to download her book. Sad, but it sounds as if she's been too impressed with her own laurels.

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    1. She definitely comes across that she is in love with herself!

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  7. Almost makes you think she wrote the book because she thought she should do it, but didn't have any thought into it for what would be written. I think I'll pass on it!

    betty

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    1. Exactly how the book made me feel Betty!

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  8. Doesn't sound like a person I want to know more about. Thanks for the heads up.

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    1. That is what I like about reviews. But you might like the book!

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  9. Thanks for your review, I don't think I'd enjoy it either.

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  10. Well I won't add that to my TBR list then. I anticipated it was going to be about how empowering (or not) saying yes to things would be. Or how difficult it was. And of course it could be great to achieve a lot and develop as a person but you should be left to make your own mind up as to well that turned out. Won't stop me watching her shows though! Some of my favourites too.

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    1. I think it was about how empowering saying yes was. It's just that she didn't tell the story very well. In my opinion!

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  11. Likely got way more praise than she deserved on TV due to color.

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    1. Honestly I didn't even know her color until long after I fell in love with her shows. I think color has nothing to do with the praise she gets. Her shows are great!!

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  12. Hi Paula - well you've been honest and now I know not to read it ... cheers Hilary

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  13. Well, since I am not a fan of her TV shows, her book would not have been on my radar. Since she has apparently achieved success, I suppose she does have some bragging rights. Perhaps she meant it to be an inspirational story and apparently didn’t do a very good job of it.

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    1. I love her TV shows. Just not her so much! I expected so much more out of her book. It fell flat

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  14. That's why we read reviews, to get honest opinions. Thanks for sharing

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  15. Thanks for sharing your honest opinion. You just saved me hours of reading. Will pass on this one!

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    1. It wasn't a bad story! I just didn't believe a word of it!

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