Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Year Of Yes: The True Story Of A Girl, A Few Hundred Dates, And Fate” as Want to Read:
The Year Of Yes: The True Story Of A Girl, A Few Hundred Dates, And Fate
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Year Of Yes: The True Story Of A Girl, A Few Hundred Dates, And Fate

by
2.97 of 5 stars 2.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,183 ratings  ·  232 reviews
The "poignant and hilarious" (Newsday) story of one woman's twelve months of dating anyone -- absolutely anyone -- who asked her out At some point every woman who's single (and not by choice) wonders whether she's not somehow responsible for her predicament. Is she too choosy? Should she have given that guy with the combover and the mother issues a shot? Maybe three full f ...more
Published (first published 2005)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Year Of Yes, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Year Of Yes

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,941)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Joanie
So this books sounded good in theory. A woman decides that for one year she will accept date from anyone who asks her, man or woman, homeless crazy person, 60 year old man who does not speak English, it doesn't matter, she'll date them. I found the author annoying and a lot of the book ridiculous. I wanted to finish is (or maybe I just wanted it to end!) so I figured I'd give it 2 stars, but really not that great.
Leah
Feb 02, 2008 Leah rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leah by: Peter
The premise is very interesting: a young women decides that her standards for dating are too high (and thusly leading to her overall unhappiness and lack of love). She decides that, for a year, she will abandon all of her ideals and simply say 'yes' to every man (and woman!) who asks her out.

The problem with the books premise is, of course, a sort-of catch-22. In one sense, The Year of Yes is empowering to read as a single woman: to see another woman throw caution to the wind for love and happin
...more
S
This book is 275 pages of masturbatory, pathological nonsense, an ill-conceived love letter to herself that should have stayed scrawled by ironic quill in Maria Dahvana Headley's coffee-stained moleskine journal. Maria Dahvana Headley has tried to convince the audience how incredible she is and succeeded only in irritating and enraging me.

This is the most self-indulgent, ridiculous, racist, appallingly idiotic, pretentious, and misguided memoir ever written. The shaky and dubious premise aside,
...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I enjoyed this book simply because it was so far outside of anything I would ever want to experience!
At the age of 20, the author was living in NYC. In the hopes of finding true love, she decided that for an entire year, she would go out with ANYONE who asked her. (She did put a FEW limits on this.)
She went out with some truly bizarre guys, some of whom you'd pretty much only meet in a place like NYC!
She did end up finding a prize, but not in New York.
The one thing I found disturbing was how q
...more
Rhoda
Absolute rubbish! It sounded like it could be fun to read, but the writing rambled and the anecdotes just sounded far fetched and contrived. And being given life and love lessons by a 21 year old? All due respect to people of that age.....I was there too once. I thought I knew it all too. Boy was I wrong!! Don't waste your time or money on this!
Elliot Ratzman
“I’d decided, in the moment, to do with men as I’d done with books. Read them all.” A promising premise, a lackluster execution. Maria is all of 21, from Idaho to NYC, and, alas, no true love yet! So for a year she decides to date any person that asks from cab driver to crazy. Clearly she is the wrong person to write this book—name-droppingly well-read, poor NYU theater student and apparently a smiling, short, heartbreaking beauty in NYC. Though she meets a terrible parade of neurotic guys, her ...more
Julia
I wasn't expecting much out of this book (grabbed it off my roommate's bookshelf as I needed something to read to sleep) but found the premise and the first 50 pages witty and amusing. And then things got bad. Her literary references, which announced "I'm a smart, well-read girl" and made me feel like part of the club, were not enough to prevent her cute tangents from becoming annoying, somewhat irrelevant, and a bit poorly written. She also sounded more and more naive and unforgivably air-heade ...more
Catherine
May 02, 2008 Catherine rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
Shelves: book-club
My book club chose this with the expectation of a fun, light read as we approach warmer weather.

At the time of this writing Headley, an NYU student, decides to spend a year saying "yes" to all offers of dates for a year. As one would guess, she ends up dating a lot of weirdoes. Headley's writing gave me the impression that she's a smart-alecky know-it-all who's desperately trying to flaunt how intelligent she is. She certainly lacks commonsense at every turn. Her over-the-top forced attempts at
...more
Kelsey
I really liked the premise of this book. Maria is 21, in Nyc, and unhappy with her love life so she decides to say yes to every offer for a date for an entire year. True story! It's really funny and parts are sad, and overall you feel like you really get to know the author well and relate to her neuroses. Because I have too much time on my hands and am a dork, I made a soundtrack that would go well with the book and the character.
New Soul...Yael Naim
The First Cut Is The Deepest...Cat Stevens
Slee
...more
Kimberly
This was a cute, fast read. Not to be confused with "Yes, Man", which was developed into a movie. This dealt with Headley's year of yes as it relates to dating in New York. Now, if you decide to read this book - please keep in mind that you are reading a work by a woman that loves witty wording, obtuse historical cross cultural references and attended NYU. So, if you don't like Gilmore Girls meets pretentious wittiness on a New York level - take a shot of Jack D before you sit down and start tur ...more
Amy Hayden
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
...more
Shelly
I so wanted to like this book. The concept is great and the author is a undoubtedly a great talent. However, she's also so freakin' in love with her giant literary brain and apparently hotness that I had a hard time liking her. That's a problem when you're reading a memoir. there were times when I laughed out loud but more often I was groaning inwardly at her meek tries to be charmingly self-depreciating. Self-depreciation only works when you actually think it's kinda true. Her attempts read lik ...more
Maria
Now I understand all those empty-headed women in college who majored in dating. Headley dates and dumps a long string of men, pausing only to cobble together a book full of her weirdest experiences, minus any self-reflection. It's freakily interesting, until she meets a man as ruthlessly self-absorded as she is, who dates and dumps her. The book then devolves into self-pitying garbage. Until, of course, she accepts a proposal from an older man, who rescues her from her self-imposed misery, pover ...more
Lucie
oh what a disappointment!

ok it's a memoir & not a self-help guide. but really, it's an unevenly written & erratically paced ride in an early twenty-something's love life. the year of yes focuses so much on the inner agonies & dramas of a young, self-involved college kid one cannot take it seriously. the book is not light & frothy reading. yet it doesn't offer substance either. instead, one feels like the author's tale of collegiate self-discovery & gradual dawning of self-awa
...more
Lisa
Ugh. Not sure how she found enough guys to want to date her for an entire year, because she sounds like a very unappealing person. Couldn't finish.
Deb
One of my college professors knows the author, so that's only 3 degrees of separation. And I like the idea of saying yes in life, even if I'm not dating.

I really enjoyed this humorous memoir. Lots of food for thought, particularly after listening to "Think Out Loud" on OPB about the recent trend of fictionalized memoirs. This is certainly written from the author's point of view with a healthy dose of poetic license, but I throughly enjoyed it.
Christina Mortellaro
Really, I want to rate this book 3.5 stars but Goodreads won't let me. I enjoyed the premise and the humor of the book but like others, I found that it was hard to relate to the narrator. Of course, relating to the narrator isn't necessarily a dealbreaker when it comes to the memoir. I think because the author is a playwright and admits to having a penchant for the dramatic, I wondered often which details were being really embellished for comedic effect.

There's a lot of "telling" that goes on i
...more
Alice
This book is really badly written. Each sentence is crammed full of as many cutesy pop fiction references and elaborate adjectives as possible. It's very affected and it just ended up irritating me to the point where I only read 3/4 of the book before giving up. And I only spent $1.19 on it, too, because I got it from Goodwill. Don't bother.
Eliana
DISAPPOINTING. Great concept--a year of something, a quest...I like that kind of thing. But here's a secret for all you writers out there: I hate the narrator/author. I could care less if she finds happiness, she is weird and unsympathetic in every way. I feel a little sad about this whole thing.
Betterthanfiction
I'm not sure what made me pick this book up. Like the musical Avenue Q, it is on the surface remarkably funny - chock full of those embarrassing/funny stories that happen to frequently. However, once you look through the veneer of humor Headley's story is both sad and, at times, pathetic. Tired of dating losers and feeling like all of her life is a big "no" Headley decides to start saying "yes" to any man that asks her out (barring a few things like being married or dangerous). She chronicles he ...more
Meghan
Annoying New York/Manhattan vibe, another memoir by a young author with a gimmicky hook/premise: say yes to every date for a year. Unintentionally funny at times, as when making out with a homeless guy is rendered as some sort of epiphany experience.
Sarah
Sep 03, 2007 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young single women
This was a really quick, easy read about a girl who was fed up with her choices in men so she decided to accept every date offer she received for a year. It didn't have a lot of substance, but definitely made up for that with fun.
Debbie
Jun 09, 2009 Debbie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: if your looking for a funny memoir
Recommended to Debbie by: goodreads
Shelves: self-help
yes. i did read this because it started with a y. but this author is hysterical and likeable and though she went overboard on saying yes to people,her point about opening yourself up to unexpected people is a great one.
Gina
I thought this book was interesting, as this author accomplished something that I could never see myself doing, which is going out with anyone who asks, without using any real discretion.
Melyssa Williams
I am loyally bound to give this 5 stars since I was childhood friends with the author! A hilarious read that is perfect for a rainy sunday or a really long soak in the tub.
Sprout117
I read this book when I was in ju early twenties....and didn't like it but somehow it inspired me and all of a sudden I tried saying yes to more dates. While I did get a bunch of great stories and my life became hilariously interesting, I didn't meet someone stable through this method. A decade later, I saw it and read again...it's just as terrible, but in a very entertaining way. Could just be the memories of how it impacted my life rather than headley's writing. I'm not sure. It got four stars ...more
Lindsay
This was a very interesting book filled with creative characters, and even though its a memoir, I still wonder if she made some of these people up. The story goes that a 20-something female wakes up alone on Valentine's Day and decides that for the next year she's going to go out with whomever asks her out. And in her many dates she meets new and unusual people. The whole time I was reading it, I just had to wonder if there are actually people like this in the world. But it does take place in NY ...more
Sandy
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Christine
This book is a lot like a really long episode of Sex and the City, but less funny. I was prepared for this book to be hilarious and I thought I would enjoy it. Instead, it was disjointed and repetitive.

The premise of the book is that author decides that instead of saying no to men who asked her out on dates, she would say yes to everyone who asked her. A few pages in to the book, I couldn't really tell how her "new" philosophy was so different from her former and that conclusion was reinforced o
...more
Rebecca
Girl in NY says yes to every guy who asks her out for a year. Girl is a play write student (or something of that nature) at NYU. One of those whimsy emo people from Idaho, whose parents are probably a little nuts and she was a drama dork in high school and still is today. I can't relate to people that this at all. Oh boohoo, I am so exotic looking, everyone has crashes on me, I get asked so much that I have to say no to almost everyone. BOOFUCKINGHOO! Also, the direction of this book, something ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 64 65 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Tabloid Love: Looking for Mr. Right in All the Wrong Places, A Memoir
  • Playboy's Silverstein Around the World
  • 31 Dates in 31 Days
  • Kockroach
  • Rockabye: From Wild to Child
  • The World According to Mimi Smartypants
  • Mommy Laid An Egg: Or, Where Do Babies Come From?
  • I Do But I Don't: Why the Way We Marry Matters
  • Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business
  • Swimming in the Steno Pool: A Retro Guide to Making It in the Office
  • You Could Do Better
  • American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood
  • Hack: How I Stopped Worrying About What to Do with My Life and Started Driving a Yellow Cab
  • Lust in Translation: The Rules of Infidelity from Tokyo to Tennessee
  • The Late Bloomer's Revolution: A Memoir
  • The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature: The Collected Writings of Neal Pollack
  • Inconsolable: How I Threw My Mental Health Out With the Diapers
  • Will the Vampire People Please Leave the Lobby?
144323
Maria Dahvana Headley is the author of the upcoming young adult skyship novel MAGONIA from HarperCollins, the dark fantasy/alt-history novel QUEEN OF KINGS, the internationally bestselling memoir THE YEAR OF YES, and THE END OF THE SENTENCE, a novella co-written with Kat Howard, from Subterranean. With Neil Gaiman, she is the New York Times-bestselling co-editor of the monster anthology UNNATURAL ...more
More about Maria Dahvana Headley...
Queen of Kings Magonia The End of the Sentence The Tallest Doll in New York City The Traditional

Share This Book

“I was a protestor. I was such a protestor that I regularly protested things that might have been good for me.” 9 likes
“I was becoming convinced that I was going to be lonely for the rest of my life. It wasn't that I wasn't meeting men. I was. It was just that they all drove me crazy.” 5 likes
More quotes…