Who Asked You?

Who Asked You?

by Terry McMillan
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Who Asked You? by Terry McMillan

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author…“Remember Getting to Happy, Waiting to Exhale, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back? Well, you won’t likely forget Terry McMillan’s Who Asked You? either” (Raleigh News & Observer).

When Who Asked You? begins, Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams—all the while holding down a job delivering room service at a hotel.

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. But who asked her?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101638132
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/17/2013
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 40,891
File size: 999 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Terry McMillan is the #1 New York Times bestselling, critically acclaimed, award-winning author of the novels Mama, Disappearing Acts, Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, A Day Late and a Dollar Short, and Getting to Happy, and the editor of Breaking Ice: An Anthology of Contemporary African-American Fiction. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Danville, California

Date of Birth:

October 18, 1951

Place of Birth:

Port Huron, Michigan


B.S. in journalism, UC-Berkeley, 1979; M.F.A. in film, Columbia University, 1980

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Who Asked You? 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 95 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two days. That's all it took for me to finish this book. I won't spoil your joy with plot details. All I will say is read it. I have read a lot of African American lit since "Waiting To Exhale." But only a few have struck a note like Terry McMillan's work does. Terry delivers again with this book. 
Bitten-By-Love-Reviews More than 1 year ago
Wow,reading this book left me just saying wow. This book is as enjoyable as any of her previous books. It is an easy read that speaks the truth about life. I think that everyone who reads this book will recognize themselves or a family member in this book. I finished this book wanting to clap for Mrs. Betty Jean, I recommend that when this book is released on September 17, 2013 go pick up a copy and be prepared to enjoy. My hat is off to you Ms. Mcmillian please keep up the good work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book....It dealt with issues that every family go through, especially grandmothers that have to raise their grand children.
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
Wow! One of the funniest books I have ever read! I am sure the print would have been excellent; however, with this type of book, nothing better than a talented writer and excellent performers-- which are made for the character's part. Each of these performers were five star quality, and you could envision each unique character within each setting. I had purchased the book; however, had to drive from West Palm Beach, FL to Amelia Island, FL (south to north) and from there to North Carolina---could not wait to start so purchased the audio for my road trip. I had to buy the audio, as could not wait--have read all Terry McMillan's books and when I listened to the audio sample - I knew this would be the ideal book to listen to on my iPod for the long trip. It exceeded all my expectations and more. Turned out, it rained the entire two days of travel and I did not even mind, as I laughed out loud at all the funny characters and it made the time go by faster. I actually finished the entire book about an hour before I reached my destination. I could not even listen to another book, as wanted to just bask in the wonder of this incredible book and smile as I wanted to meet each one of these characters. I loved all the many different characters! My favorite character was BJ, and of course the banter with her sisters, nurse Kim and sassy neighbor Tammy. Oh, the guys! Loved them Luther, Omar, Ricky and Quinten. It was hard to choose a favorite as each of them had a take away and a story to tell. If you love humor, wit, family drama- this book is for you. Terry McMillan has a winner and can easily see a movie --can only image the cast! Would definitely listen to this again! Ideal for the car or road trip – never a dull moment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I come from a very diversed family. I totally enjoyed this book. I have 2 sisters like BJ in the story...I have tried to offer my opinions but, I too have had to learn GOD has given us each one life to live and we each much learn to live that life for ourself. I would highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typical Terry McMillian book. Very much enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terry Mcmillan writes from her heart and captures yours. A reader can identify with her characters in so many ways. This book is a story about life and the ways in which love, fear, and family strife travel its path along with hopes and dreams. It is poignant, bittersweet and beautifully crafted. Thank you and bless you Terry Mcmillan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really rooting for this book from the first page to the last. However, I'm disappointed by Ms. McMillan lastest book. I liked the main character Betty Jean and her supporting cast. However, I was diluted by so much backstory from almost every character that it was hard for me to get to the end. McMillan is one of the greatest writers I have ever come across. But, I didn't feel a connection with the characters or the storyline. I wanted a little more plot than a conversation from the supporting. This book was just okay. Hopefully her next will be better.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Who Asked You?' is a witty, fun, and intelligent women's fiction novel that follows Betty Jean, known as BJ, as her two grandsons are dropped at her house and left there by her daughter. BJ's life is already full of other problems - family, friends, forgotten dreams, and her job - taking care of two small kids is the last thing that she needs right now. But is what BJ thinks she needs and what really matters the same thing? Just what lengths will people go to for family? This was my first novel by this author and I have to admit that I was blown away. Her writing is superb and proves her to be the powerhouse writer that she's known for. The story focuses on Betty Jean, an older woman who's struggling with life's problems - family, kids, friends, her job - when her daughter simply drops off her grandsons one day and then disappears. Throughout the novel, we get to see how this unexpected burden and problem is turned into a family blessing that nobody would have seen coming. The characters in the book are all incredibly well rounded with distinct personalities and flaws. They were all written in a way that it felt like I knew them personally by the time the novel was over. I really loved getting to know them all along with their histories, problems, and whatever issues were plaguing them. The writing was intelligent with lots of wit and humor and insight into family and believing in yourself. The story is full of vivid descriptions and details that had me feeling like I was experiencing the events in the book right along with the characters. Highly recommended for fans of women's fiction, chick lit, and those looking for a funny and honest look into family and life. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
GrammyReading More than 1 year ago
terry mcmillan does not disappoint in her writing with this book..vivid, expressive, much alive characters...family..neighbors, and friends....humor intersperes with touching moments of hope and healing....the chapters of the book where the young men, luther and ricky, told their story were the sweetest to me...as a mother of two adult sons i know how difficult raising boys can be without their father...the tale was told as realistic as it is in today's society......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so glad she finally got back to her old writing style. It was easy to read and just a great book. Bravo, bravo!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book wasn't the best I've ever read, but it definately wasn't the worst. I found it to be quite the relatable tale, filled with loveable characters through many of life's trials and tribulations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Terry McMillan.  You can never go wrong with one of her books.  Please read this book.  I have all of her books in my library and cannot wait until she writes another one!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, great characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terry McMillan has always been a great author but this book just tops it off. It is extremely amazing how she outs ideas from different point of views so well together! Everyone should read this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was unable to read the nook book. There was some type of technical issue with this novel. I had to get a refund.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Real black american family with real issues. There's always one family member that tends to always be stronger than others and are able to hold the family together, so with that being said, thank God for grandparents!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great as always
Anonymous 11 months ago
Terry does it again! Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this book it was good to read and it was very funny too and everybody have someone their family to hold all together to be strong family and happy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Classic storytelling in a touching way that shines Terry McMillan. If you loved her earlier stories...waiting to exhale, disappearing acts, you'll love this one too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an interesting read coming from the perspectives of each of the main characters, i hated to get to the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was easy to put down, not as ood as er other books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me 6 months to complete. I read any thing Terry writes and this was a little disappointing. The characters are interesting. The story is not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago