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How Stella Got Her Groove Back
How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Author: Terry McMillan
Stella Payne is forty-two, divorced, a high-powered investment analyst, mother of eleven-year-old Quincy- and she does it all. In fact, if she doesn't do it, it doesn't get done, from Little League carpool duty to analyzing portfolios to folding the laundry and bringing home the bacon. She does it all well, too, if her chic house, personal train...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780451192004
ISBN-10: 0451192001
Publication Date: 6/1/1997
Pages: 464
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 112 ratings
Publisher: Signet Book
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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TakingTime avatar reviewed How Stella Got Her Groove Back on + 1072 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Love with a younger man....and the authors own experience !! this was a movie with Angela Bassett...great movie...better book.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a story of a single mother who has gotten caught up in her corporate job and has started to lose touch with the things that are important to her. The story is about how she gets back in touch with her "inner self" and finds love in her life again.

The characters are all very likeable. It's a good story, although the author's writing style takes a little getting used to. She needs to be introduced to the serial comma. After a couple chapters you'll get used to that and the reading becomes a bit more smooth.

All in all, an enjoyable story.
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twosey avatar reviewed How Stella Got Her Groove Back on + 52 more book reviews
I enjoy Terry McMillan, but this book was one huge run-on sentance. I found it hard to read and started to search for conversation quotes so that the story could continue. Having said that, I did enjoy the romance of it. The author does convey the unpredictable and undeniable power of love.
cajunqueen avatar reviewed How Stella Got Her Groove Back on + 25 more book reviews
What can I say but Terry McMillan at her finest. Funny, dramatic, and entertaining. You'll love it!
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When 42 year old, divorced, high powered investment analyst Stella Payne takes a spur-of-the-moment vacation to Jamaica, her world is rocked to the core. Not just by the relaxing effects of the sun and sea, but by a tall, lean, soft-spoken Jamaican who is half her age. More than a love story, it is ultimately a novel about how a woman saves her own life and what she must risk to do it.
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What can I say? Another wonderful TM novel. Make you rethink the age difference thing. If it's something you've thought about.
TDollface avatar reviewed How Stella Got Her Groove Back on + 7 more book reviews
This was a great book. It was a great story about taking chances on love, and accepting what feels right to you in relationships. With humor, fear, joy, and a little pain at times, McMillian's character Stella was believable. Stella faced frowns of disapproval and conflict from friends and family. She moved past her own doubts and fears to embrace the love she felt for a younger man, rather than continuing to live without love to follow the status quo.
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From Publishers Weekly:
Her readers may be surprised that, after the gritty, tell-it-as-it-is Mama and Waiting to Exhale, McMillan has now written a fairy tale. Her "forty-fucking-two-year-old" heroine, divorcee Stella Payne, possesses a luxurious house and pool in northern California, a lucrative job as a security analyst, a BMW and a truck, a personal trainer and an adorable 11-year- old son-but no steady guy. On a whim, Stella decides to vacation in Jamaica, and she narrates the ensuing events in a revved-up voice, naked of punctuation, that alternates between high-voltage energy and erotic languor. Romance comes to Stella under tropical skies-but there's a problem. Gorgeous, seductive Winston, the chef-trainee with whom she enjoys passionate sex (explicitly detailed), is shockingly young: he's not quite 21. Naturally, Stella wonders if he really loves her; endless soul-searching and a few tepid complications occupy the remainder of the narrative. When Stella loses her job, it's no sweat; she has enough savings to maintain her lifestyle. When fate throws two other gorgeous men her way, she immediately decides they are boring and isn't tempted for a minute. Meanwhile, her intense preoccupation with feminine deodorant sprays and the smell of women's public bathrooms is rather strange, to say the least. McMillan's expletive-strewn narrative accommodates such musings, however, and readers who have been yearning for a Judith Krantz of the black bourgeoisie-albeit one with a dirty mouth and a more ebullient spirit-will be pleased with this fantasy of sexual fulfillment. 100,000 first printing; major ad/ promo; first serial rights to People and Essence; BOMC main selection; film rights to 20th Century Fox; author tour.
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a perfect beach book...i really loved this one and would definitely recommend it!
genieinabottle avatar reviewed How Stella Got Her Groove Back on + 37 more book reviews
I really expected to dislike this title, so I started out just planning to read the first few pages. But it turned out to be a really fun, light, sexy read that stayed interesting throughout. I've since discovered I rather like this author!