A Day Late and a Dollar Short by Terry McMillan

Book 5/30.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the story of the dysfunctional Price family and it is told from six different POVs: matriarch Viola, her (soon-to-be ex) husband Cecil and their four children Paris, Charlotte, Lewis and Janelle.

You often find with books that have multiple POVs, authors tend to title each chapter with the name of the person telling it, but that was not the case here. You would think that with six POVs it would be of the utmost importance to immediately say who each chapter belonged to, but the author did such a good job with creating a unique voice for all the characters that it was not long before I was able to identify who the narrator was from just the first few sentences.

While I quite enjoyed this book, it took me some time to get into it. For starters the book begins with a family tree that is two pages long 😐 so it took me some time to remember who was who. There is also the dialect the author uses that took me a chapter or two to adjust to, but once I did (and remembered who was who) I found myself really enjoying the story. In fact the only reason this is a 3 star read rather than a 4 star one is because it took me some time to get into it, but I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in reading about an African American multigenerational family. This was my first Terry McMillan read and now I am certainly looking forward to reading Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back.

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** A guide to ratings **
1 star – did not like it
2 stars – it was okay
3 stars – liked it
4 stars – really liked it
5 stars – it was amazing

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