In I Almost Forgot About You, Dr. Georgia Young's wonderful life--great friends, family, and successful career--aren't enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, quitting her job as an optometrist, and moving house, she finds herself on a wild journey that may or may not include a second chance at love. Like Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, I Almost Forgot About You will show legions of readers what can happen when you face your fears, take a chance, and open yourself up to life, love, and the possibility of a new direction.
This book was a breath of fresh air in today's literature, and I had a lot of fun reading it.
I absolutely adored Georgia for throwing a new perspective on grandmas--she goes from taking care of her sweet grandchildren to planning out her next conquest and I absolutely love how it shows that she's a spunky lady who can manage her multiple hats with ease.
Her being a doctor also amused me and humanified doctors in a way. There's very little literature about optometrists--they're not normally the most interesting characters, I suppose--so her occupation and her doubts about it were fun. Again, I think of grandmas as being pretty static people and being pretty set in their ways, so her crisis and her uprooting herself was a lot of fun to read about. She's an intelligent doctor, but she can't figure out her love life--makes me feel a bit better about myself!
Of course, it says a lot about the state of our books that it's a rare treat for me to be able to read about something as normal as a black lady dealing with her hair. I absolutely loved the dialogue about race that Georgia created and how honest she was about things like her daughter dating a white man.
This was definitely more about Georgia finding herself than anything, and though I wished that the train ride had come to fruition a little more, I enjoyed reading about her various changes and I enjoyed the people she met along the way.
I wasn't too enamoured by the ending--it didn't quite feel right to me and while it was pretty sweet, it felt a bit forced..
This wasn't astounding, but it was a solid read and I enjoyed having a novel character with an intriguing perspective.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.