Wednesday, April 13, 2016

I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan | Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5)

As a note, a printed galley of this novel was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.

Readers or pop cultural enthusiasts will recognize McMillan as the author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and many, many novels that empowered a generation and continue to do so. I Almost Forgot About You is inspiring and the perfect novel to bring with you when going on a trip. Inspiring, thoughtful and all about growth–Terry McMillan does it again and if my praise for it doesn’t spark your curiosity, let this be the one exception when it comes to the pesky little “don’t judge a book by its cover!” rule.

How pretty is this gem? Anyways! Back on track.

Beloved author Terry McMillan is back with her latest–and one of her best–release I Almost Forgot About You. One theme is common in this novel and it is changes and the feeling that comes about when life begins to alter itself in front of your eyes. It's empowering. It's thoughtful and stylish and full of spark and memories. I Almost Forgot About You is book candy at its finest.

Let me explain that a bit better, okay?


There are changes we face in life. Some are planned just as we had once hoped. Others are not. I Almost Forgot About You is a novel that feels like a retrospect of the life around you, what could have been and what you hope will be. It’s about self discovery and growth and how it all comes about.

And, of course, the desire to find something–anything–before it is “too late”–and readers are definitely going to connect with this and appreciate it. McMillan’s got this incredible gift for crafting characters that will touch the hearts of any reader; age is pretty much irrelevant when it comes down to it and that’s what makes it so nice to read.

There’s a little bit of all of us–our mothers, our sisters, our friends or our daughters–in her characters.

While it may take readers some time to get into Georgia, she is a great voice that needs to be heard and very much so relatable. I loved her and became attached to her, and her thoughts, in no time.

I thought it was nice, too, to read a book who’s leading lady is of the age that Georgia is. At my age, I tend to stick to narrators who are my age or even younger, so I wasn’t sure how easily I’d connect with someone at this stage in my life. But again, Terry McMillan has a way about her writing–it’s warm and full of life and easy to connect with.

It helped, too, seeing this look of Georgia in present day and then joining her in flashbacks. We see just how much she has changed–for the best, for the worst, it doesn’t matter. I like the intimate look back on her the most because it made her a real person to me and was just a general blast.

I Almost Forgot About You is one of the best fiction releases for women this year and is a hopeful, entertaining, vivid read that is just begging for you to pick up. Not to mention it has one of the most beautiful and stylish covers, who can resist? I recommend it to women of all ages but in particular, the age range of Georgia.

(Also, recommended beach read! Or coffee shop read. Just read it, okay?)

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