Who Asked You?

Who Asked You?

Book - 2013
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"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. 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"--
Publisher: New York :, Viking,, 2013.
ISBN: 9780670785698
Branch Call Number: FIC MCMI
Characteristics: pages cm


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May 05, 2019

I liked this book. Several comments criticize the multiple POVs, but I listened to the book on audio, and I think it helped keep each character's voice discrete.

Jan 29, 2019

Told from about 150 different perspectives made it hard for me to keep straight who was talking about who. Stilted dialogue along the way but still they were relatable characters and relationships and I found myself rooting for them all by the end.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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