My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I picked this up on a flight from London to Cairo figuring, from the cover, that it would be both light and inspirational. Perfect flight fodder.
I didn’t buy this because I love Shonda Rhimes’ work, or because I am an avid fan of her TV shows. I had never heard of her before picking up this book and I haven’t watched any of her TV shows. In fact, I haven’t watched any TV shows of any kind for over 10 years. So I have not a clue what ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ is.
This book irritated me for a long time. The writing was light, accessible, punchy, but oh my God, Shonda, get to the point! So many times I was editing it in my head, and cutting vast chunks of text, that made not the slightest difference to the point being made. By the time I got to the end of the book (two months after starting it), I’d sort of got used to this never-getting-to-the-point style of beating her readers up, and I started to enjoy, rather than wanting to chuck the book out of the window. But by then it was too late. The book was done.
But it’s message? Yes, we could all do with a lot more saying ‘Yes’ to life. Too often, it is easy to throw away the great gifts that life brings our way, out of fear. Fear of consequences that may never come about. Fear of the unknown. Fear of ourselves. Shonda showed that all of these things can be overcome. That actually, we can all say ‘yes’ to life (and ‘no’ when it is appropriate). It reminded me of a book I read years ago by Stuart Wilde. Can’t remember the title now, but the message was the same: grasp the opportunities that life throws at you because you don’t know what they might lead to.
If you are into the work of Shonda Rhimes, you might like this book. If you are looking for a good self-development/motivational book to get you up and at it, then maybe you’ll like this but frankly, there are better books out there covering the same topic.