Tuesday, June 7, 2016
I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan Review
I am a fan of Terry McMillan, but it has been a little while since I've read one of her books. I Almost Forgot About You has an interesting storyline and I was excited to get an ARC; however this one isn't a favorite of mine. I love the fact that Georgia is an educated and successful professional woman in her early fifties trying to figure out what she wants to do with the rest of her life. She has two grown daughters, two divorces, and two best friends who are as different as night and day personality wise. Georgia has taken what she thought would be the best road professionally by becoming an optometrist, but it doesn't excite or fulfill her. At this point in her life, Georgia is ready to find her true happiness, and in order to do that she wants to not only change her professional life, but to also figure out where things went wrong in her personal relationships that made things fall apart. After finding out that a previous love has died, she realizes that time is fleeting and continuing to live idly is no longer enough.
The flow of the story isn't as smooth as I would have liked. The different stories with Georgia, her daughters, her mother, and her best friends start and stop a bit choppily. All of the plot points felt superficial and skimmed over. There were some big issues that everyone faced and none of them were dealt with in depth. Georgia's past is introduced, but is mostly skimmed over. Even a huge decision, that should have cause much more drama than it did, is quickly absolved. Each man that is reintroduced was disappointing and didn't appear to really help Georgia move forward. The man that Georgia ends up with felt as though he came out of left field and was only briefly mentioned before he was revealed as 'the one'. I really liked the idea of him being the one for Georgia, but it was so sudden and wrapped up so quickly that it felt too rushed.
I didn't get emotionally invested in this McMillan book, but it was a quick read. This would be a pretty good vacation read that you can pick up and put down several times without risk of feeling lost. I can't believe I'm saying this about a Terry McMillan book, but this isn't one that I would read again.
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 very 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.