The book focuses on Georgia, a woman in her mid-fifties going through a three-quarter-life crisis of sorts, disgruntled with her professional and personal life. The story captures her journey of rediscovering herself and her dreams. However, the journey stalls at the beginning, as throughout the book it seems that those in Georgia’s life have gained more insight and revelation than she does. The overall commentary on the finding your passion in life as well as the importance of love and relationships was diluted by Georgia’s personality and the rushed through laundry list manner in which she recaps the things she has learned from colleagues and past loves.
Georgia is joined in the book by an eclectic cast of best friends and daughters, each very interesting in their own right, but we only get a glimpse into their lives as we are trapped by Georgia’s first person perspective. To the extent that Georgia and her friends and family are familiar or relatable to people you have in your lives, you may thoroughly enjoy this book and her journey. I found myself wishing we could explore more into the lives of Georgia’s daughters and her best friends.
Terry McMillan is an exceptional writer. She brings characters to life in such exquisite detail that you feel like they are real people that you are interacting with in your daily life. Her ability to construct these characters seem effortless and when reading her books, you tend to fall right in sync with the story fairly quickly.
Ultimately, the fact that McMillan is such a superb writer allowed me to make it through the book despite my personal lack of connection with the main character or the storyline.