Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Review: I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan

I Almost Forgot About YouTitle: I Almost Forgot About You 
Author: Terry McMillan
Publisher/Publication Date: Crown; June 7, 2016
Genre: Womens Fiction; Chick Lit; Fiction
Source/Format: Blogging for Books; Hardcover

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Synopsis from Goodreads...

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...

My Thoughts:

This book was about love, life, careers, and relationships. It was also about overcoming fear of change.

I Almost Forgot About You is the first book I’ve read by Terry McMillan, and I have to say that I’m pretty impressed. I really enjoyed this book, and how McMillan handled themes such as love, loss, failed relationships, and attempts to reinvent oneself later in life. It was truly a joy getting to read Dr. Georgia Young’s story.

I Almost Forgot About You is basically about Georgia as she examines her life and past relationships. She feels stuck in her life, and bored by the career she’s occupied for years. After certain events, Georgia is shocked enough to take a trip down memory lane, and comes up with an ambitious plan to change her life. Really, it all worked in the end, which was great since I was really excited to read this book.

McMillan does a fantastic job handing the subject and themes of this book. Her writing had an easy flow to it, and it was hard to put down. I almost read the book in one day, but had to take a break to work on some other things. Suffice to say, I came back to the book. It had many contemporary themes, and the story was extremely interesting to me. Honestly, through all of the ups and downs, I wanted to see what the end of the book had in store for Georgia, her family, and her friends.

It's also an emotional journey as the characters each moved through their respective lives, and came to terms with unexpected changes. The friendships were also great, and it was nice to see how big of a role Georgia’s friends played in her life. One of my favorite characters was definitely Georgia’s mom. She was fantastic! She was so optimistic and really lived life to the fullest—she was, in short, a fabulous character. If she had her own book, I would probably read it.

I could really go on all day about all the things I liked about this book, but I’ve got to end this review sometime today. So, the ending was a satisfying conclusion to the story, and I was more than happy with it. Needless to say, I Almost Forgot About You is definitely one of the best books I’ve read so far in 2016.

Rating 4.5/5

This copy of the book was provided by Blogging for Books (publisher) for this review, thank you!

About the Author...

Terry McMillan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Waiting to Exhale, A Day Late and a Dollar Short, and The Interruption of Everything and the editor of Breaking Ice: An Anthology of Contemporary African-American Fiction.

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