TITLE: I Almost Forgot About You
AUTHOR: Terry McMillan
PUBLISHED DATE: June 7, 2016
This book can't stay on the shelves. It's always checked out, on hold, or lost and waiting to be replaced. Everybody and they're mama - probably mine included - are out trying to read this book. I was lucky enough to get a free Netgalley copy, and I'm so happy I did.
This is a book about starting over, forgiving yourself, and not being too old for anything - for falling in love, changing a career, buying or selling a home, having sex...having the courage to say and do the things you want in life. I'm young...ish...but I love stories about older women still enjoying life. It gives me hope. What makes me sad about this book...it's still that old narrative that no matter what you achieve in this life, you are nothing without a man. Can we retire that? Here is a smart, successful, older woman who has her dream home, lively friends, and sexual options in her 50's and still feels restless because she's not married. And it's not even like she'd never been married...the had 2 husbands before! Many black women never get the chance to marry even once, but for all the blessings of Dr. Young's life, she is still unhappy. Instead of seeking therapy, she decides to go back down memory land, and drag up all of her old boyfriends and her two ex-husbands. I don't know if she took much away from it about herself, but she definitely had some choice opinions about these men. There were a few instances where I laughed...but they were only a few.
The friendship between Georgia and Wanda was my favorite of the book. Wanda is funny, ratchet, and life-loving, obviously, she was my favorite character of the book!
Recommendation: If you're a fan of McMillan's work, you should definitely read this book.
Audience: The Grown and Sexy