WHO ASKED YOU? TERRY MCMILLAN
First, I would like to say I love how the author writes. The author is a great storyteller. Her books come to life with the colorful characters in her books. This book was no exception. I loved it from the beginning to the end. I also listen to the audio as I read the book. The story really came to life through the audio.
This story is about Betty Jean and her two sisters Venetia and Arlene. BJ as they affectionately call her has a sick spouse, a crack addicted daughter, an incarcerated son, and a superior son who thought he was better than anyone else. BJ ends up raising her grandchildren with all these family interruptions. BJ was a strong woman with great morals and tries to keep the family unit intact.
Venetia her sister feels like she is superior to other sisters. She is married to Rodney with twins and thinks she has got it going on.
Arlene is the critical and judgmental sister. She has a grown son living in her house who she caters to.
These characters are relatable, and their situations are real. The characters make me stop and think about my own personal relationships that I have in my life. I enjoyed the dialogue between the characters and I laughed, cried, and got mad along with them. By the end of the book I saw growth and potential in each character. Each character has their own personality.
The writing style was on point. The characters voices came through. The family dynamics and how they affect their lives.
The themes are legal issues, grandparents raising grandchildren, sibling rivalry, racial problems, addictions, dementia, death, and weight problems.
I recommend this book and I give it 5 stars.