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review 2020-04-21 14:55
It's Not All Downhill From Here
It's Not All Downhill From Hill - Terry McMillan

 

This is what I really needed to read right now. It was funny and at times heartbreaking. Terry McMillan does such an awesome job of writing strong black women characters. Her latest follows 68 year old Loretha Curry. Loretha is not feeling so content with her life. Her daughter (Jalecia) and sister (Odessa) are not speaking to her. Her son lives in Japan with his wife and twin daughters. She loves her husband (Carl) of many years though and runs a successful beauty business. However, when Loretha experiences an unexpected loss, we follow her and other characters (Sadie, Korynthia, Poochie, and Lucky) through a year where a lot of changes comes to her and life-long friends.

 

Loretha is a caring women and though she's angry at her daughter for her constant run-ins with the law and her drinking, she still tries to be there for her. She tries with her granddaughter Cinnamon and makes an unexpected connection to someone that comes into her life that has connections to her husband Carl. Loretha does make you want to shake her sometimes though. She has a health condition that she thinks ignoring will make it go away (she sounds like all of my great aunts I swear) and has some dated attitudes about mental health, but I was glad to see her change that up throughout the book. 

 

Loretha's friends made me laugh since I started thinking that this is how some of the women from "Waiting to Exhale" would have behaved when they get to this age. I just died at some of the exchanges between the group of four women who have seen each other at their best and worst. I don't want to get into every character's development, but man oh man, only best friends can read you for filth and tell you they love you five minutes later. 

 

The writing was really good at times though the flow got wonky in places (why I gave this four stars) and I think the ending was a bit too rushed (another reason why I gave this four stars). 

 

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text 2020-04-20 03:08
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
It's Not All Downhill From Hill - Terry McMillan

I laughed, cried, and laughed some more. 

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text 2020-04-19 22:54
Reading progress update: I've read 33%.
It's Not All Downhill From Hill - Terry McMillan

This book has me hollering y’all.

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text 2020-04-17 14:37
#FridayReads--April 17, 2020
The Poet - Michael Connelly
It's Not All Downhill From Hill - Terry McMillan
A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel - Amor Towles

Well I got through some books this week, not all great, but at least I wrapped them up. 

Here are this weeks, #FridayReads:

 

The Poet by Michael Connelly. He has a new book coming out starring Jack McEvoy so I wanted to read the prior books starring him. 

 

It's Not All Downill From Here by Terry McMillan. I am still shocked that I managed to get this one first via my library. So moving this up on my reading list.

 

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. This was recommended by one of the big bosses at my office. I know she's going to ask if I have read it soon, so hoping to finish this up this weekend. 

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text 2020-04-09 00:25
Reading progress update: I've read 80%.
It's Not All Downhill From Hill - Terry McMillan

I need something good to happen. It’s tragedy after tragedy. Only one friend is concerned about their health, but everyone has issues. Loretha is an atm with a huge heart. She wants to help everyone.

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