Monday, June 19, 2017

I ALMOST FORGOT ABOUT YOU BY TERRY MCMILLAN

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Rating: 4 of 5 stars

I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan is a light, funny read that suited me well for this time of year. It's a story that's been told many times, but I enjoyed McMillan's take on it.

Twice-divorced Dr. Georgia Young is tired of her bland, comfortable, and responsible life as an optometrist, mother of adult children, and grandmother to a couple of grandchildren. One day a daughter of one of Georgia's previous love interests come into her optometry practice and Georgia learns that the woman's father unexpectedly died several years prior. The visit makes Georgia think about what all could have been. As a result, she makes a list of past loves who she vows to get in contact with and let them know she didn't forget about them and knowing them helped shaped her life.

The story is told from Georgia's point-of-view. Not only do we learn about her love interests, but also her two best girlfriends, and her family. The story is funny and relatable. My only critique, probably because I have an "a-type" personality, is that McMillan had Georgia start down the list, but she never really completed it. It just seemed out of character for someone who went to medical school. You'd think a doctor would be more methodical. However, maybe that was the underlying point McMillan was trying to make. Georgie spent several decades doing what her parents, her teachers, her friends, maybe even the world, expected of her. I enjoyed that she decided to change her narrative.

I also appreciated the theme that all people - good, bad and indifferent - mold our life journey. There are no failures only lessons learned.

Recommendation: This is a quick and fun summer read. It inspired me in that it's never too late to decide what your life will be, and that's a message that can be helpful no matter who you are or where you are in life!

Until next time ... Read on!
Location: Fort Worth, TX, USA

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