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

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The New York Times bestselling author of Naturally Thin and The Skinnygirl Dish, Bethenny Frankel takes us on an empowering journey to 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 Married? Now Bethenny opens up and s

Hardcover, 324 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Touchstone (first published December 28th 2010)
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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
Ellen Black
Nov 27, 2011 Ellen Black rated it really liked it
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
Mar 05, 2012 Belinda rated it liked it
Shelves: satisfying-trash
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
Sep 24, 2011 Steph rated it liked it
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
False Millennium
Apr 05, 2011 False Millennium rated it it was ok

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
Mar 29, 2011 Jenna rated it it was ok
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
Aug 28, 2012 Sara rated it liked it
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
Aug 01, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was ok
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
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Jaclyn Day
May 26, 2011 Jaclyn Day rated it really liked it
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
Emily Schirmer
Mar 05, 2014 Emily Schirmer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Mar 26, 2011 Crystal rated it it was ok
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
Becky R.
Mar 04, 2012 Becky R. rated it liked it
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
Megan M
Jul 12, 2012 Megan M rated it really liked it
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'
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
Abby Lyn
Sep 05, 2011 Abby Lyn rated it liked it
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
Sep 03, 2011 Sue rated it liked it
As a self help book, this was not the greatest. Sometimes, her rules didn't really go with the theme of the chapter. And I don't really get the "act on it" chapter. She spends the whole chapter telling you how you need to act on your dreams but she never really did much with her dream to become an actress. Some of it is pretty repetitive too. However, I truthfully bought the book for the autobiographical content. I wanted to know how she got to the point where she was selling the Skinny Girl bra ...more
Mar 22, 2011 Lindsay rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Apr 06, 2011 Angela rated it really liked it
awww, Bethenny, I love you. There are so many reviews out there hashing it out but really, I never had these grand expectations that this was the next great American self-help book or Pulitzer winner, but its good. Its good like sitting with a friend, laughing and crying, relating-to-one another---good. I had fun and reveled in her successes. Rather than provide another glossed over nod to the girl who planned everything right since day one, Bethenny gives us the news so many women want and need ...more
Jul 31, 2012 Allie rated it really liked it
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
Dec 08, 2012 Jen rated it it was ok
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
Jun 01, 2011 Meredith rated it it was ok
I'm a huge fan of Bethenny, I think she is a phenomenal business woman and I find her hilarious and enjoy watching her reality series. I suppose it's my own fault for not researching the book before I bought it. I guess I was expecting to get a better glimpse into her life and her past, having similar issues with my own Mother I was really curious to learn more about her childhood. While this book did provide some of her background and struggles it's really a self help book, which I was not expe ...more
May 28, 2012 Brandy rated it did not like it
Shelves: taking-back
Who is this lady?? I rented this book and found the whole introduction to be so repetitive I set the book down and googled her and found her show on Bravo which was having a rerun marathon. This lady has so many issues there's no way i am taking life advice from her. Shes got power issues at home and at work. Doesn't know her role in the relationship and talks over and belittles her poor husband. He has no control and no voice in the relationship. Its her way and thats it and she doesnt let issu ...more
Arrica Lee
Aug 09, 2011 Arrica Lee rated it did not like it
I don't know who is Bethenny Frankel - before or after reading this book and I don't get the purpose of this book.

In the lengthy and bland Introduction which takes 29 pages, I read about her perspective on law of attraction (coincidentally, I was reading Rhonda Byrne's The Power last week) and her opinion is that thinking positive is not the only tool to achieve success. OK, I kinda' agree with that. And then, as the introduction goes on and on about what a place of yes is and da la da dee...I w
Oct 29, 2013 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Listening to this on audiobook in my car.

Don't judge me - I grabbed it on impulse at the library while waiting for a few other audiobooks to come in. It's entertaining enough so far.


I don't watch the Housewives show but I know who Bethenney Frankel is from tabloids. I expected absolutely nothing from this book, but it honestly wasn't bad. I think if I had read this in print form I wouldn't have liked it, but listening to her read her life story was fairly entertaining. She even made me la
Oct 28, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-exploration
I would really give this book 3 1/2 stars. It has some really good general rules to live by. I am a fan of Bethanny and her sharp sense of humor. I think the book shows what a hustler she was and her tenacity. She worked hard until she achieve her success. She provides relevant, practical examples of her life to show a lot of her lessons learned especially in business. Where we disconnected from author to reader is her turbulent childhood and her issues with men. She had a different journey than ...more
Oct 01, 2012 Lily rated it it was ok
I do enjoy Bethenny as a reality TV star. The book offered a few interesting glimpses into her past and behind the scenes of the shows she has been on. Unfortunately, most of it is a trite, poorly written, corny self help book. The best self help books and the best autobiographies have very little in common, and there is a reason for that. The book was well intended, but comes off as preachy, even patronizing (if you're a housewife, be the best housewife you can be!) and lots of hackneyed, easie ...more
J. R.
Apr 08, 2012 J. R. rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 28, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was ok
Since this came in from the library (I forgot to put a freeze on the request), I guess I'll read it now. I don't think I've ever read a self-help type book so we'll see how it goes.

Huh. I was expecting this book to be better written and not full of so many cliches. If you want to read this book because you like Bethanny Frankel and are curious about her life (like me), don't bother. Yes, she shares some parts of her life, but everything seemed so guarded and generalized that I came away not lear
Jun 09, 2011 Devon rated it it was amazing
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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Bethenny Frankel has a knack for making healthy food taste delicious. That knack, which started out as a hobby and was enhanced with formal training, has elevated her to national prominence as a celebrated natural food chef, the creator of the phenomenal new Skinnygirl Margarita, and The New York Times best selling author of Naturally Thin.

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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.” 47 likes
“Make the most of every moment. Get excited about every little thing. Why not? Why not have your wonderful moment of excited anticipation? Why not be happy NOW? This is my greatest challenge, but something I'm pouring my heart into: learning how to enjoy what I have, right here, right now. Every moment is precious and although sometimes I struggle to see it, I see it more and more every day.” 33 likes
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