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A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life

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The four-time New York Times bestselling author, talk show host, and “Mommy Mogul” Bethenny Frankel takes us on an empowering journey in A Place of Yes.

Bethenny Frankel’s no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is personality won over countless fans, and made her a nationally bestselling author and the star of her own hit Bravo show Bethenny Getting Marr
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ebook, 336 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Touchstone (first published December 28th 2010)
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Sparrow
I love Bethenny Frankel! But unfortunately, having said that, I am here to tell you that this book is not great. It is too bad, really, because there is a lot of material here that could make for a worthwhile read, but it is all told and not shown. It is all scattered by this weird formatting of having to formulate self-help rules. O for the chance to get together with Bethenny and re-write this book! So many stories with so much potential. And I would promise not to be afraid of her and to be a ...more
Belinda
You know how sometimes it's raining and cold outside and you're drinking hot chocolate and you need a nice comfort book but you've run out of English murder mysteries set in the countryside? This is the book I chose to fulfil this need and it did it just perfectly. Like Bethenny's other books, once you get past the terrible editing and the generous helping of crazy there are some useful bits of information there if you are the kind of person who is reading this book for the self-help rather than ...more
Ellen Black
My daughter suggested I read Bethenny Frankel's A Place of Yes. My daughter has followed Bethenny's career and on some level admires her, but thought the book just "okay" and wanted my opinion on it.

While I agree with Bethenny that we should all be aware of when saying "yes" is the right thing to do, even if it's a bit scary, I was put off by her trying to place herself as a woman who's overcome a lot of obstacles. While it's true that her parents were less than mature and not always loving, Be
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Debra
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Jennifer
I could not finish this one. I was hoping when I bought this that she would share the scoop on her Real Housewives stint, but I was disappointed. The brief passage where she covers that sounds like a politician's canned speech. Her advice is sometimes contradictory and it's all common sense stuff everyone knows if they're out of college. The one part I found interesting was her background - she worked on Saved By the Bell, who knew? Otherwise, the book feels like an excuse to use the phrase "now ...more
Lindsay
This book is part self-help and part biography. It's a great book for anyone who is a fan of Bethenny, if you aren't and are just buying it for the self-help part, I don't think you'll really like it because she talks about her life a lot. But I find her interesting. And considering how crappy her childhood was, its quite impressive of where she is now. Most kids now days who's parents got divorce while the child was at a young and then were never around would probably end up in jail or knocked ...more
False Millennium















I watched "some" of the Houswives series,but could not take the encouragement of these ladies to live beyond their means (so many facing court and foreclosures due to overexpenditure.) The book was pleasant as a quasi-autobiography. Her self-help principles are sound, but I would quibble they are "not for all." But what is? I think this might be most helpful for women in their late twenties to late forties. For an older woman? For someone in dire poverty? The shifts she expounds are hopeless. So
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Jenna
It wasn't what I thought. I'm not sure what I expected it to be but I know I definitely wasn't expecting a self-help kind of book.

I did get some of HER story which was what I was expecting; where she came from and how she got where she is. The book also reinforced beliefs I already had... "everything happens for a reason", and "everyones 'normal' is different and most likely clashes with your idea of 'normal'" It also solidified that sometimes you have to let people go that did not bring positi
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Megan Sanchez
I will start by saying that I really did not know who Bethenny was in when I picked up this audio book. I'm not a Housewives fan, I don't really drink and I've never seen her on any of her many other television shows. But she has a new fan in me. This book, while not amazingly well written, is a fun and inspiring almost-autobiography about how believing in your abilities and yourself can get you pretty far.

This is not really a self-help book, though it is marketed as such. It's really Bethenny'
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Steph
Sep 24, 2011 Steph rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gen Y women, men and women looking to leave their past behind
I'm a fan of Bethenny Frankel though not an undiscerning one. I openly admitted that I wasn't a fan of her Skinny Girl Margarita mix - bad headache after drinking it. I enjoyed this book more than the last one I read by Bethenny. It was nice to hear her talk about things in her life that had been depicted on her Bravo shows: Real Housewives of NYC, Bethenny Getting Married? and Bethenny Ever After. It was refreshing to hear her spin from behind the scenes. Plus, she's just so damn candid, and th ...more
Capria Moon
I've never read a self-help book before, but I knew I had to read A Place of Yes because I'm a big Bethenny fan. I find her story very interesting and it was great to learn details of how she got to where she is and all the lessons she learned along the way.

I was worried there would be too much of "You can do it! Just go for it! Do it now!", but I was pleasantly surprised that she actually gives some really fantastic tips on how to get what you want out of life, broken up into ten steps (I know
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Sara
I have appreciated Bethenny's quick wit and her one-liner humor from the bits I have seen of her on TV. This is the first book that I've read of hers. I origianlly got it because it was on sale and the cover states: "10 rules for getting everything you want out of life." ...and let's face it, who doesn't want to get everything they want out of life?!

I really liked the beginning of the book. It was strong and very concise.

Overall the quality of the writing was only okay, but she's not a professi
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J. R.
I rated this book 5 stars because it's one of few books (including nonfiction and fiction) that has stuck with me. Bethenny Frankel's book does an amazing job at motivating you to DO SOMETHING! If you learn to become conscious of yourself, much of the advise in the book will come to replace that NOISE in your head that has probably lead you to this book. Although some of the autobiographical stuff may seem more suited for fans (I'm one), the experiences she describes only add to a better underst ...more
Devon
Bethenny Frankel continues to amaze me with her down-to-earth views and realistic situations that leave most of us out of breath. Well, they leave her out of breath too but that doesn't mean she doesn't know how to handle herself.

This book provides that "light at the end of the tunnel" to conquer many of life's greatest challenges from motherhood, to daughterhood, to wifehood, to professionalhood.

I really enjoyed Bethenny's sense of humor throughout all and really reminded me to stay positive an
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Chase L.
This book had a lot of really good concepts. I even had an "a-ha!" moment here and there. I gave it three stars because I really grew weary of the personal anecdotes. It could have been half as long, equally inspirational and much better without going on and on about about Bethenny's life stories. The overarching theory, which I liked, was don't live life in fear. Go for it.
Melissa
I am a Bethenny fan...that is why I chose to listen to this. I would recommend it to other fans of hers, but if you are looking for a life changing self-help book this isn't it. Her rules are pretty simple, but easier said than done. It was more of a biography than self-help. I love how witty Bethenny is and I'm even more of a fan now.
Emily Schirmer
Bethenny Frankel, ‘A Place of Yes’


I’m hesitant to even write a review about this book, knowing that no words I use could possibly do justice to describing how amazing, uplifting, and inspirational it is. The introduction alone was all it took to make me completely hooked. I was instantly inspired. I felt immediately stronger and more self-assured. And I wanted to keep reading so this feeling would last.

Of course, this book helped teach me that *I* control my feelings—so I could choose to remain
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Roxanne
I am a big fan of Bethenny and enjoyed learning specifically what the issues were with her childhood. It was not what I expected. She has an amazing life and I like her lessons for getting everything you want out of life. I'd love to have her as a friend. I think she is incredibly smart and has a great business sense.
Erin
I like her. I like her gumption and her attitude and her advice. She is proof that a person can be a tough, go-getting professional as well as a compassionate and humble human being. I will refer back to this book again and again.
Lori
Aah Bethenny, I'm a fan, but this book is just annoying. You don't have to reference your title in every third sentence, the repetition is not pleasant. I guess some people are just made for TV.
Melani
Mar 31, 2011 Melani marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm not going to lie! I'm kind of obsessed with Bethenny Frankel, and I'm still trying to figure out why.
Becky R.
Having been a fan of Bethenny Frankel's for awhile now, I really wanted to check out her "ten rules" for tackling life. For anyone who has watched her reality shows, you know that Bethenny is pretty much an open book about her past and present. She has shared her career, relationships, and family with her audience. Now, she digs in to share what she has come to realize and records it in her semi-autobiographical book, A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want.

Many of the rules Be
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Allie
Okay, okay....this book was an impulse checkout from la biblioteca.

Theeeen I let it sit and gather dust in my browsing bin as I hit the auto-renew button on my CPL account (most dangerous button ever...keeps me from ever finishing any books on schedule....but I digress....).

Finally, I pick it up today. Then I take it to the gym as I do cardio downstairs. Then I read it as I walk home from boxing. Then I devour the rest of the book now, before bed.

I'm ashamed. I really liked it, guys.
I mean, B
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Crystal
I just finished reading Bethenny Frankel's "A Place of Yes" and I have to say that it was a slow read.
I found myself having a hard time finishing it.
She repeated herself a lot in the book and it felt like she just skipped all around and it didn't flow well.
Having said that, I did still find some great quotes and I will share them below:


If you don't get out there and let people know who you are and what you want and what you can do, you may never find the job or house or relationship or whatever
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Jen
I found myself immersed in this book in the beginning, but as I got more than half way through, it started slowing down for me. If you watch her show, a lot of her phrases are repetitive, and the writing gets very wordy, so I found I was getting annoyed and bored. I did enjoy reading about her experience from Martha Stewart Apprentice, the reason why I became a fan of Bethenny's in the first place. This book should not have been marketed as a self-help book, but more of an auto-biography, as a l ...more
Jaclyn Day
Let me first say this: I have a huge girl crush on Bethenny. I think she’s a funny, smart and successful woman that serves as a realistic role model for someone like me. I admire her work ethic and her dedication to herself, her family and her brand.

I was really excited to read this book because, frankly, I wasn’t super in love with her other books. I thought Naturally Thin was a naturally thin disguise of her (admitted) problems with food packaged as a non-diet healthy approach to eating. I fel
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Abby Lyn
This was our book club's latest selection, so I have to be honest in my review here that this (or any other self-help type of book) would not have been my personal choice for reading. I was interested regardless because the Housewives series is one of my guilty pleasures, and I have been able to see Bethenny Frankel's remarkable transformation from the snarky housewife who wasn't a wife, to the happily married, mother-of-one Skinnygirl megamillionaire she is today. I probably wouldn't like Bethe ...more
Leighann Wolle
Mar 06, 2012 Leighann Wolle is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
From the title of this book, you can obviously tell the purpose of this book. Bethenny's whole purpose for this book is to help people move from a place of no to, you guessed it, a place of yes. She gives us ten steps on how to live. Most of these steps are completely useless to a person my age. This points out another purpose, she is writing to help women, not so much teenagers. I feel like if I read this again in ten or fifteen years I could get a lot more out of it.
The theme of this book is
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Dr. Katharina Star
First, I have to start out saying that I am a huge fan of Bethenny Frankel. I really love how she is a successful business women and keeps it real with her honesty and great sense of humor. I think her openness was really evident in this book, in which she dishes about her childhood, life on the Housewives, and her failed relationships and business ventures. I was really inspired by her strong work ethic and ability to integrate all she has learned along the way.

There were some aspects about th
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Sandra Lopes
Read this book in July 2012 when on holidays and I quite enjoyed it..... I am a fan of Bethenny Frankel and believe that she is a true entrepreneur and has had a long hard journey to get where she is today and she truly deserves everyhing that she has in 2013...... I felt so much empathy for her as a child she did it rough and never ever seemed to have consistent love in her life :(

Her 10 rules to getting everything you want out of life is totally Bethenny style she is out there not shy and at t
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“The business of being happy requires making a conscious choice. People think being happy will just happen to them someday, if only they do this or that right. But it doesn't - you have to choose it. You choose happiness, you don't wait for it to choose you.” 44 likes
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