Book Review: I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan

Posted September 9, 2016 by @Angelized_1st in Books, COYER Summer Vacation, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 2 Comments

Book Review: I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillanI Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan
Published by Crown/Archetype on June 7th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary Women, African American, Family Life
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9781101902585
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

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, including 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. Georgia’s bravery reminds us that it’s never too late to become the person you want to be, and that taking chances, with your life and your heart, are always worthwhile.   Big-hearted, genuine, and universal, I Almost Forgot About You shows 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. It’s everything you’ve always loved about Terry McMillan.
From the Hardcover edition.

I Almost Forgot About You is the latest novel by best-selling author Terry McMillan. The story takes place in Oakland, California, and centers around Ophthalmologist Dr. Georgia Young. Georgia is in her early 50’s when she decides she wants to make some major life changes. Despite being a successful doctor with a thriving practice, grown children, and great friends, Georgia finds herself unsatisfied. She wants to quit her job, sell her house, and figure out what went wrong in her past relationships. This is a story about being brave to start over even when everything seems “perfect,” and trying to live the life you’ve always wanted.

Though I’m younger than Georgia, I found I could really relate to her situation. I know what it feels like to have a good life, but wonder what could I do to make it better. While I didn’t always agree with many of Georgia’s decisions (selling her house in the Oakland hills…WTF?!?), I found her desire to remake herself very endearing. Even though I could relate to Georgia, she wasn’t my favorite character in the book. I really loved Georgia’s best friend Wanda, who was very straightforward, funny, and loving. Georgia’s daughters were also very likable. As for the other characters, I wasn’t much of a fan. Georgia’s other best friend Violet was The. Worst., and her daughter was equally horrid. Plus, I found the men in the novel to be essentially forgettable. Then again, though they played a major part in Georgia’s progress throughout the story, they weren’t important.

This novel had me yelling at the characters, laughing out loud, and rooting for Georgia and the other characters to find their happiness. Terry McMillan wove a rich cast of characters into the urban background of the Bay Area. The world building was so realistic that I felt as if I were strolling down Fisherman’s Wharf, and driving all over town. Living in CA myself, I know how difficult the dating scene can be, so I felt as if McMillan was speaking directly to me. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a light, fun, easy read. It’s a great story with mostly well-developed characters, and the plot moves at a steady pace.

About Terry McMillan

Terry McMillan is an African-American author. Her interest in books comes from working at a library when she was fourteen. She received her BA in journalism in 1986 from the University of California at Berkeley and the MFA Film Program at Columbia University. Her work is characterized by strong female protagonists.

Her first book, Mama, was self-promoted. She achieved national attention in 1992 with her third novel, Waiting to Exhale, which remained on The New York Times bestseller list for many months. Forest Whitaker turned it into a film in 1995. In 1998, another of McMillan’s novels, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, was made into a movie. McMillan’s novel Disappearing Acts was subsequently produced as a direct-to-cable feature.

Her last novel, Who Asked You?, casts an intimate look at the burdens and blessings of family and speaks to trusting your own judgment even when others don’t agree.


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