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The Year of Yes [Hardcover]

Maria Dahvana Headley
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Jan 2006

Headley, a wise-cracking New York City girl with as much wit as any character on Sex and the City, is jaded and cynical about men in New York. She vows to say yes to any and every person who asks her out – a taxi driver, a homeless man – you name it, she'll say yes for an entire year. By the year's end, she meets the man she eventually marries.

‘The Year of Yes’ is the hilarious and hopeful true 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 expects, she spent 12 months dating most of New York City, and beyond, including:

JARZHE: A Microsoft Millionaire who still lived with his mother
THE ROCKSTAR: A young homeless man who believed himself to be Jimi Hendrix
IRA: Her high school nemesis, whom she’d spent seven years rejecting
THE MIME: A man in the Marceau Mold who proposed with hand gestures
CHUPA CHUPA: A 70-year-old neighborhood eccentric who spoke only Spanish

And finally, a man whose baggage should have taken him off her list—at least until ‘The Year of Yes’ taught her what was really important: love and perseverance always win in the end.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books (Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401302300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401302306
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 14.9 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,439,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Maria has style, great wit and a hero's courage; it's almost impossible to believe it's a true story!' Kathleen Tessaro, author of Elegance

‘Funny, weepy and, ultimately, head-over-heels happy.’ You magazine, Mail on Sunday

‘Touching.’ Heat magazine

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About the Author

Maria Headley has been published in ‘Susie Bright's Best American Erotica 2005’, and ‘The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica, Volume 5’, as well as in several literary journals. Her plays have been developed at venues including The Kennedy Center and The Sundance Playlab. She lives in Seattle with her husband, playwright and screenwriter Robert Schenkkan, and her two step-children.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A WAY TO OPEN YOUR MIND & HEART, AND LAUGH TOO 4 Feb 2006
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The Year of Yes is very funny, yes, and quite sexy, yes, but mainly, it's a hell of an interesting story. What would happen if you decided, for one year, to say yes to everyone who asked you out? Would your life change? This woman's did - from the inside out, and by the end of the year, she was a different person than the one who began it. In that sense, it's a coming of age story. I laughed throughout this book, but I also cried, and not only that, I thought about how my life might be different if I decided to take a chance once in awhile - not just romantically, but in terms of my friends, my work, everything. The writing is smart, and my husband caught me laughing out loud in my sleep after I'd been reading before bed. Recommended to everyone who's ever been single, who's ever been sad, and basically, to everyone who has any sense of humor at all.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious nonsense 21 Mar 2011
By shpip2
Either write chicklit or don't. I have an English degree and still found the constant literary references and name dropping exhausting, pointless and damaging to this story. I also didn't overly sympathise with the author. If it is a true story I am not sure the book made me feel very comfortable with the fine line between mind broadening and rather unpleasant and promiscuous. Not impressed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too unrealistic, even for escapism! 14 Oct 2009
Hi - I'm a fan of chicklit, a nice feel good story and a bit of escapism, but this book really didn't tick any of my boxes. The main character in the book goes through life meeting seemingly multiple guys a day who ask her out - when does that happen?! I understand it is based on a true story, but just seemed really unrealistic and I got bored and started skipping sections. Other people might like it as there are a couple of amusing bits, but it wasn't my cup of tea.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Smart, NY, Seeks Heart - in any guise 20 Mar 2006
At the age of 20, Maria Headley heads for the Big Apple from Idaho, the potato state where she was born and bored. Armed with a diminutive frame bearing “a fine rack”, a big head conntaining an entire library, and an even bigger smile, she is determined to be a writer. A year later, she knows she’s smart, but she wants heart too. Deciding her criteria for a dream man must be too limited, she embarks on a year of saying 'Yes' to any man who wanted to date her.
There follows a chronicle of unfettered adventures with a most improbable cast who are variously hilarious, poignant, heartbreaking and just plain weird – a tribute to NY’s enormously diverse population. There is a happy ending, with a person unthinkable at the outset
"The Year of Yes" appeals on three levels. The first is to live vicariously a life thrown open to the unexpected by saying ‘Yes’ where previously Maria would have said ‘No’. It cannot fail to inspire readers to do something similar in whatever areas of their lives are both unsatisfactory and bounded by ‘No’s. Given Maria’s turbocharged two-hours-a-night-sleep lifestyle, uninhibited approach to sex and passionate intensity, her company is not dull
The second is in the –wait for it - moral: if you look for love hard enough it will find you. That even in todays’ amoral, immoral, post-moral world, it is still possible to find a happy ending. What’s cute is that Maria’s year of yes takes her through a maze of experiences which the traditionally-minded will regard as outrageously immoral.
If Maria’s New York life is turbo, so is the writing, and both are self-consciously smart to the point you feel you are being written at.
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