It's Not All Downhill from Here

It’s Not All Downhill from Here, from Terry McMillan, is a story about finding yourself again after an unexpected loss, with help and laughter from some lifelong friends.
 

Synopsis:

After an unexpected loss, an older woman and her group of lifelong friends struggle to find a new normal for the rest of her life.
 

Review:

This was the first book by Terry McMillan that I’ve read (I did watch and enjoy the movie adaptations for her earlier books).

While I’m happy to see a story with a cast of older women, the pace of the story felt slow and was difficult to work my way through. There did seem to be a handful of extraneous characters that didn’t further the story well, either.

Many important issues were touched on in the book, including family issues, aging, addiction, mental health, obesity, and death. Despite this, the story was slightly predictable and the overall mood of the book felt more somber than hopeful.

I think that I’m just not the target audience for this one. I did appreciate the different issues raised, and the bonds of lifelong friends. They’re survivors and supporters, and have each other’s backs. It’s a feel good novel about true friends, but overall it fell a little short for me.
 

Thank you to Ballantine Books for the advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Book Details

It’s Not All Downhill from Here
by Terry McMillan
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Ballantine Books

Summary

It's Not All Downhill from Here, from Terry McMillan, is a story about finding yourself again after an unexpected loss, with help and laughter from some lifelong friends. I feel I'm not the target audience for this, and had a difficult time making my way to the end. The issues touched on in the book do give the story depth, it just wasn't for me.

— Cassie
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