Who Asked You?

by Terry McMillan

For me, a huge part of Terry McMillan’s appeal as an author is that she is relatable. You can find a part of yourself or someone you know speaking through the voices of her characters. Who Asked You? is McMillan’s most timely novel to date, covering a lot of issues that are in the news every evening. 

During a time when she should be thinking about retirement and enjoying her life, Betty Jean doesn’t see that happening any time soon. Caring for a terminally ill husband, her two grandsons after her daughter disappears, a son in prison, and another son who has distanced himself from the whole family, has left BJ tired and on autopilot. Add in her judgmental sisters and an equally overwrought neighbor and it seems that there is a drama overload, but it never felt like too much for me. There are times when life’s trials come at you all at once and this is what is happening to BJ, but like a lot of people in real life, she can’t escape it. She digs in her heels and keeps on moving. 

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