It’s Not All Down Hill From Here by Terry McMillian

“Life has a way of working out when we work at it.”

I went into this book with high expectations, and they were exceeded. I first fell in love with Terry McMillan when I read How Stella Got Her Groove Back years ago. I thought I had read everything she wrote, but I was pleasantly surprised to find there are three books I missed. In fact, I didn’t know she had a new book out until I saw It’s Not All Downhill From Here on the new books shelf at the library. I snatched it off the shelf so fast that I’m amazed it did not spontaneously combust in my hand. I ended up listening to the audio book, but I like to have a hard copy on hand so I can make notes and annotations. I highly recommend the audio if you are an audio book person. I was able to get it from Overdrive. The reason I recommend this book in the audio format is because Ms. McMillan narrates her books. Her magical wit really shines when hearing it from her.

It’s Not All Downhill From Here is about deep friendships, dysfunctional families, and found family. It had me laughing out loud to the point I had to pause the book and crying so hard that I had to do the same. I think my children thought I had lost my mind between my hysterical laughter and my ugly crying.

Listening to the audio book made it feel like rather than reading a book I was sitting at the kitchen table having a cup of coffee with a friend while she told me stories about her life. That is how great the narration is.

The book is narrated by Lo. It’s about her problems with her daughter, her circle of friends that she has had since her school days, and a lot of bailing out family members. Lo and her friends share their highs and lows with each other, and can say literally anything to each other. I’ll admit I am a bit jealous of her circle of close friends and their relationships with one another. I loved everyone in the book including Lo’s dog, B. B. King.

On a personal note there are several sets of twins in the story, including Lo and her twin Odessa. I have 17 year old twins, so I’m always interested in stories involving twins.

It’s Not All Down Hill From Here is tied for my favorite book of the year so far with The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind.

5/5 stars

Happy reading y’all,

Wendy

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