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The Year of Yes by Maria Dahvana Headley

The Year of Yes (edition 2006)

by Maria Dahvana Headley

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Title:The Year of Yes
Authors:Maria Dahvana Headley
Info:Hyperion (2006), Hardcover
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this was well written but i expected more from it. i wasn't looking for funny stories of terrible dates and embarrassing moments, foibles in love. i was looking for a changing capacity to be open to new ideas, experiences, people. this is in there, but it's largely buried under the rest of the stories of bad dates. which probably makes for a more popular book, but one with less depth. i also wasn't looking for her to give us a happily ever after (i mean, i'm glad she has it, i just wanted the point of her year of saying yes to be more for her personal growth, and not a desperate search for love.) as far as the romance goes. still it was well written, and has the best note/foreword in any memoir i've read:

"This book has been reconstructed from memory. My memory. Subject to vagaries, hangovers, emotional meltdowns, and the occasional unrequited vendetta. Some of the people in this book are gonna be happy about this, and some of you aren't. I've tried to be kind where I could be, and if I couldn't be entirely kind while still telling the truth, at least I've edited some of your bad dialogue and made you wittier than you were."

so, i wanted more from it, but i enjoyed her writing and would be interested in seeing what her plays are like. ( )
  elisa.saphier | Mar 29, 2016 |
The Year of Yes is amazing. Read it. Tell them I sent you. In the first third, you're wanting to be single so you can accept any date thrown your way. Never mind I can't remember someone asking me out since, well... The second third, you're a little scared for humanity. Last third, you're so thankful for your hunny that you pull them into bed on top of you to squeeze them tight and smother them with kisses. When you read dedication to her husband in the acknowledgment section, you will be bawling like a baby. Unless you are heartless. ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Nov 4, 2015 |
This was entertaining, but I wasn't expecting going into it that the author would be so young. Throwing aside expectations at age 20 isn't as difficult or remarkable as someone undertaking the same project at, say, age 40, if for no other reason than a woman of the latter age probably wouldn't be asked out 12 times in every block of the city.

Her age was a big issue for me, throughout the book and especially at the end. Yeah, she fell in love... but it's really, really not the same to be 21 and meet your knight in shining armor after kissing a lot of frogs as it is when you're older and you kind of *have* to settle a little bit more. ( )
  Seven.Stories.Press | Jun 13, 2014 |
A fun memoir of Headley's young adulthood in New York. Headley decides to accept every single date invitation she receives for a year. Her attitude is refreshing, her gameness amusing, and the results are almost predictably heartwarming. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
I heard about this book when I saw an interview with the author on TV. She came across as warm, funny, and talked about how saying yes opened her life to such wonderful things. The book is a bit different. She does a great job showing how her dysfunctional upbringing made it hard for her to have stable relationships. She also goes through the emotional pulls of those relationships, and how they affected her. I didn't like her choices, and there were many times when she seemed to be more of an observer than a participant. On the other hand, I remember being in my early 20s, and a lot of my relationship choices were similarly adrift.

Headley is an excellent writer, and I enjoyed the book. The one complaint I have is that the successful relationship, with her husband, referred to in the book as The Playwright, gets really short shrift. She describes their meeting, and it is the only part that seems fake, mannered rather than authentic. (She sensed a deep sadness in him, hidden by his professional smile. Yuck.) Later, as an aside, she mentions that they were writing letters back and forth, and he had become a friend. How did that happen? When? Then, boom! Happy ending! I understand that her husband may not want the details of their relationship out there, especially since he was married to the mother of his children at the time. But this was the one part of the book that felt less than honest, and it stood out against the rest of her writing. ( )
  teckelvik | Nov 21, 2012 |
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"Why not go out on a date with everyone who asks you? Plenty of reasons. They might be crazy. They might be creepy. They might be something other than what you're looking for. But then again, how would you know? Isn't love supposed to be blind? Isn't it supposed to be about who the person really is, not about what they look like?" "The Year of Yes is an account of one woman's quest to find a man she can stand (for longer than a couple of hours). Frustrated by her own pitiful taste, writer Maria Headley decided to leave her love life up to fate, going out with everyone who asked her: homeless men, taxi drivers and yes, even a couple of women. Opening her heart and mind to the possibility that her perfect match might be the person she least expected, she spent twelve months dating most of New York City."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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