Who Asked You?

McMillan, Terry

Audiobook CD - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Who Asked You?
"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, NY : Penguin Audio, p2013.
ISBN: 9781611762013
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (ca. 10 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.


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Apr 07, 2014
  • kesha1123 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Formulaic writing at its finest.

Nov 28, 2013
  • Cocobluu rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

After all the horror, science fiction, and mystery I've been reading, this was an easy, refreshing book to read. I easily liked the main character, Betty Jean. I felt all her joys and sorrows. Each chapter is written in the voice of a different character. Initially it was disorienting, but over time I recognized each character's voice and it all became comfortable, familiar. This is where Ms. McMillan shines. However, I was a little dismayed that someone was hooked on drugs, isn't that played out? Ugh. I cringed inside but I kept reading and I got over it. So many times I laughed and felt like crying. Someone complained that the ending tied up loose ends too neatly and I know in real life that's not possible but a book has to end somewhere and after all this drama things had to plateau and end somewhere. Lol I say kick back, read it and just enjoy it. Reading this book is like hanging out with a friend. A friend that knows how to tell a good story. Sometimes that's all you need.


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