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BookIt’s Not All Downhill From HereAuthorTerry McMillanLanguageEnglishSize3.4 MBPages386CategoryNovels

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Loretha Curry’s life is full. A little crowded at times, but crowded in fact. On the eve of her sixty-eighth birthday, she has a flourishing cosmetics empire, a group of lifelong friends, and a husband whose moves still amaze. It is true that she is carrying a few more kilos than she should, but Loretha is not one of those women who thinks that her best days are behind her, and she is determined to help her mother, her twin sister and everyone else with this date. See proving the opposite of aging badly. It’s not all downhill from here.

But when an unexpected loss turns her world upside down, Loretha must muster all her strength, wit and determination to keep growing, chasing joy, healing old wounds and breaking new ground. With a little help from her friends, of course.

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I have been a fan of Terry McMillan for years. I can remember as a child in the ’90s rummaging through my mother’s books on her nightstand to familiarize myself with novels like Mama, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and Disappearing Acts. Secretly devouring these books late into the night by the small lamp in my bedroom fueled my love of reading. It’s Terry McMillan’s way of telling stories about family, love and relationships that he made me feel like he was part of a brotherhood that no one had ever told me about.

Turning those pages was a rite of passage! I read things I’d only heard about when my mom’s friends came over (because I wasn’t allowed in the room, of course). I have experienced so many stages of life through the lens of a fictional Terry McMillan character who resembled my mother, aunt, grandmother, and other loved ones. I grew up reading Terry McMillan novels and I automatically stop at anything I write.

All of which brings us to my experience with It’s not all downhill from here. I read the synopsis and couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy! I was intrigued by the premise of a 68-year-old beauty empire owner with a full life. I dove headfirst into Loretha and couldn’t wait to see what kind of gems she would share in this read.

Loretha owned a beauty empire that she, as a beauty enthusiast, loved. However, I didn’t like that everyone in her family assumed she was Daddy Warbucks because of it. As I read about Loretha’s family, I realized how much we depend on the family matriarch for support, be it financial, emotional, or otherwise. But at the beginning of the book, Loretha experiences an unexpected loss. Fortunately, she can count on her good friends for over 50 years to provide the emotional support she needs.

The friendships Loretha has with Sadie, Korynthia, Lucky, and Poochie seem to keep her afloat for the most part. When she’s not talking to these women about life’s challenges, she’s helping her family as best she can, including her daughter Jalecia, who doesn’t seem to want her help. While sometimes I wondered what would happen next with a character, other times I just wanted to move on to the next thing. The beat read like Lo’s diary and I so wanted her to do something to screw up a few things!

Speaking of pacing, once I got this far into the book, I felt like I was in that scene in Life where Ray and Claude are new to camp and the fellow inmates are learning that they can read. They all wanted their letters to be read, but they were all so depressed. After a while, no one wanted her letters read for fear of more bad news.

I thought damn it. “Nobody doesn’t bring me bad news [anymore]!” But as the book really suggests that, it’s not all downhill from “here.” There were happy moments. With all the tragedy and bad news I read in this book, I’m assuming these are the breakups and this is real life. I read a review that said this book was escapism, but I certainly didn’t think so. Escapism reads to me like romance and HEA. This one seems more real than anything I’ve read lately. And it made me sad.

While this may not be my favorite Terry McMillan book, I did enjoy reading it. Lucky made me nervous maybe once or twice too many times. Perhaps he was too worried about Jalecia to even remember that other members of the family had Lo. And I could have cringed every time Lo or her mom said certain “keep up” phrases. But overall, It’s Not All Downhill From Here taught me the importance of living this thing called life while we have it and of loving our family members for who they are.

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