I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan
Published by Crown on June 7th 2016
Genres: African American, African American Romance, Literary Fiction
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting To Exhale is back with the inspiring story of a woman who shakes things up in her life to find greater meaning
In I Almost Forgot About You, Dr. Georgia Young's wonderful life--great friends, family, and successful career--aren't enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, quitting her job as an optometrist, and moving house, she finds herself on a wild journey that may or may not include a second chance at love. Like Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, I Almost Forgot About You will show legions of readers what can happen when you face your fears, take a chance, and open yourself up to life, love, and the possibility of a new direction.
I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did. I never disliked it enough to stop reading but it didn’t draw me in like some of her past books have.
What I loved- I have always loved McMillan’s laid back style. It’s more like having drinks with a girlfriend than reading a novel. You’re friends with the main character practically before you meet her and get the inside scoop on her life. She’s a single woman in her 50’s with two grown children, an Optometry practice and a line of men in her wake that she may or may not want to get in touch with again.
I also feel like McMillan’s characters are full and three dimensional, very realistic on the page, from Georgia Young’s neighbors to her best friends to her children and the men in (and out of) her life.
The pacing is great as is the writing– Terri can WRITE a darn book and I felt like the casual flow of the words matched the pacing. She always seems to write books where you’re just sitting in the corner watching someone live their life.
What I didn’t like? Eh. The men. I feel as if the black men that Georgia reconnected with were of the ‘ain’t worth a darn’ variety. I guess one could say that if the book were a slice of life, that that’s what you’d find but some of us read books to escape reality.
The ending. I won’t spoil it but major MAJOR MEH. The ending felt rushed and very much a dive into fairy tale land to me, though she often tried to dispel that by saying ‘life isn’t a fairytale, this kind of thing doesn’t happen in real life…’ and yet she wrote it and left it that way. Wasn’t a fan of the ending at all.
This book was an interesting but not life changing read… but it’s Terry McMillan, so… of course Ima read the next one!