Who Asked You?

Who Asked You?

Book - 2013
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"Family ties are tested and transformed in the new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author of Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back With her wise, wry, and poignant novels of families and friendships-Waiting to Exhale, Getting to Happy, and A Day Late and a Dollar Short among them-Terry McMillan has touched millions of readers. Now, in her eighth novel, McMillan gives exuberant voice to characters who reveal how we live now-at least as lived in a racially diverse Los Angeles neighborhood. Kaleidoscopic, fast-paced, and filled with McMillan's inimitable humor, Who Asked You? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams-all while holding down a job as a hotel maid. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can't be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs. The drama unfolds through the perspectives of a rotating cast of characters, pitch-perfect, each playing a part, and full of surprises. Who Asked You? casts an intimate look at the burdens and blessings of family and speaks to trusting your own judgment even when others don't agree. McMillan's signature voice and unforgettable characters bring universal issues to brilliant, vivid life"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2013
ISBN: 9780670785698
0670785695
Branch Call Number: Fiction McMillan
Characteristics: pages cm

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annied_1 Sep 20, 2016

This book was such a slow read. I had to make myself finish reading it. Not one of Ms. Terry best reads.

Last_Nights_Readings Apr 01, 2016

Terry McMillan does it again. Some people will think that her books are formulaic in terms of plot and nearly characters. But what most people don't realized is that sometimes the best books are the ones you can come back to over and over again and relive them through new characters/situations. Every book McMillan writes has a heart and that heart teaches many lessons.

Some of her books can hit closer to home than others, and Who Asked You? Is not an exception. Some people will call this book heart warming, realistic, but in the end, it's not what the book is, it is what was taken from it as a reader.

McMillan is truly one of the few authors I enjoy without qualm or question.

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tocch101
Oct 18, 2015

Addictive and compelling. The characters all have flaws, and faults, but those are not looked past and are highlighted in a real life situation. Absolutely wonderful to read.

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boweryboy
Mar 19, 2014

Painful to read: One dimensional characters, too many subplots, and possibly the worst, stilted, embarassing dialogue I've read in a long time.

Emartini04 Mar 13, 2014

Good book but not one of my favorites from Terry. I felt this book had way too much going on and too many subplots to keep up with. Not a bad book but wasn't great either.

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ohiostatefan
Dec 03, 2013

My favorite of all Terry McMillan's books! In all her novels, especially this one, she really makes you care about her characters.

LaughingOne Dec 02, 2013

Three sisters and their respective families and friends -- these are the ingredients of a full, complicated, loving, bickering novel. Each chapter is told from the perspective of one of the characters and it is really interesting to look at the others from each one's view at different times throughout the story. I liked them all at different times and liked some less much of the time, just like in my real life. I got completely caught up in their lives, thrilled with them, grieved with them, laughed and cried with them. This novel is well worth a read.

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GummiGirl
Oct 15, 2013

My favorite McMillan book since "A Day Late and a Dollar Short." I always find myself rooting for nearly all her characters, even the ones who seem unsympathetic at first.

madison382 Oct 10, 2013

This novel is about a grandmother who had to assume guardianship of her grandchildren after their mom had made some mistakes in her life. The book deal with the struggles the grandmother had to go through bringing up her grandchildren in a less than perfect neighborhood, as well as dealing with issues with her own grown children and her know it all siblings. It is a good quick read.

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dmcwashington
Oct 09, 2013

Terry goes back to her roots and pen a creative true to life story that revolves around 3 sisters. She addresses true to live situations that sisters encounter, such as drugs, accepting a family member's sexuality, and even racism. If you're a fan of her story "Mama", then you would defiantly like this one. Who asked you is truly a page turner!

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