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Stella Payne is forty two divorced a high powered investment analyst mother of eleven year old uincy—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 trainer BMW and her loving son are any indication So what if there's been no one to share her bed with lately let alone rock her world? Stella doesn't mind it too much; she probably wouldn't have the energy for love—and all of love's nasty fallout—anyway But when Stella takes a spur of the moment vacation to Jamaica her world gets rocked to the core—not just by the relaxing effects of the sun and sea and an island full of attractive men but by one man in particular He's tall lean soft spoken Jamaican smells of citrus and the ocean—and is half her age The tropics have cast their spell and Stella soon realizes she has come to a cataclysmic juncture not only must she confront her hopes and fears about love she must uestion all of her expectations passions and ideas about life and the way she has lived itTold in Stella's own exuberant dead on dead honest voice How Stella Got Her Groove Back is full of Terry McMillan's signature humor heart and insight 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


10 thoughts on “How Stella Got Her Groove Back

  1. says:

    I'll be writing about the film for my dissertation and so I knew I had to check out the book tooI've got to say that I really didn't like it First I found McMillan's style distracting I believe she's going for a stream of consciousness style but the lack of most punctuation combined with sentences that freuently take over half of a page makes for a really difficult rather than comforting readI also found the text problematic on grounds of gender The movie portrayed Stella as strong fierce fearless in the book she is a whiny bag of neuroses There really is no plot; the conflict that makes the movie interesting is absent Instead every single thing that Winston saysdoes leads Stella to jump to the conclusion that he's playing her because she's older whine a lot yell at herself and then breathe a sigh of relief when her pages of freaking out turn out to be unfounded Repeat this cycle many times and that's pretty much the bookAnd on a side note why does this character hate her body so much? There are MANY references to her hatred of the natural scent of her vagina her insistence on showering several times and using feminine deodorant spray in her underwear and douching repeatedly These things are bad for women's bodies; I thought we all knew that already Her self loathing of her vagina seems pretty darn unfeminist to meBlurgh Hated this book really


  2. says:

    The style in which this book was written caused a major headacheSave yourselfwatch the movie


  3. says:

    Another vacation read And no I didn't see the movie My first most pleasant surprise was that Terry McMillan actually has a voice Granted it has a lot to do with run on sentences but I guess because the bookmovie was so popular I didn't think the author would actually be able to write But she can well enough Good for you Terry McMillan And l liked Stella a lot She's a sympathetic character she knows herself she's an individual and she's built herself a great life Although she is very hung up on her body's smells and douchessprays her lady parts pretty freuently even though she knows it's nothing but bad news Ladies I canNOT endorse Stella's douching habit I know it's only fiction but it's SO bad for us and SO unnecessary And now back to your regularly scheduled programming So Stella's journey literal and metaphorical is an engrossing one and one that I enjoyed tagging along on even if she does turn into a mooney eyed teenager at the end And one funny thing about being a former travel agent and having been to Negril is that I was able to identify the resort Stella's staying at when she first meets Winston the resort she takes the kids to when they go back to visit and the resort where Winston gets his new job Also Rick's Café is a real place that actually exists We who have labeled ourselves Ms Fucking Perfect Personified have not caught on yet that our perfection is merely a figment of our very own distorted imagination and I should know because I'm in that forty and over club for Emotional Subversives in Denial About Everything I mean African men scare me because I've heard how like if you kiss them once and do the nasty besides they want to marry you and then expect you to stay in the kitchen and cook and clean and to be a passive obedient child like all those Japanese and Chinese and Muslim women and they want you to have baby after baby except for in China of course but a lot of the women in Africa don't even have a clitoris thanks to the men who are the ones who get to enjoy sex with as many women as they can sueeze in and I'll be glad when these women get hip and just say no you are not cutting off my daughter's clitoris and if you touch her I'll cut your penis off how about that for a change of pace or they should go get their bachelor's and master's and get a job no a career and have a nanny and a housekeeper to clean the house and then they should rip off all those garments and those hot ass veils and just let their hair down because what does all this really have to do with religion when you think about it?Yeah Stella's not afraid to get political which I appreciate Although if reading that all as one sentence made you want to tear your eyeballs out this is NOT the book for youAnd one last thing it was very funny reading this knowing that McMillan's marriage to her own Winston ended because he was gay There are some jealousy issues with Winston's gay roommate at the resort where Stella and Winston meet that were a little like Ooh foreshadowing not that I think McMillan had any idea about all that when she was writing the book


  4. says:

    Retroactive rating based on memories of than a decade ago I spent a week reading this when it came out in the summer of 1996 because my friend Julie told me to This is notable because I was the only 15 year old suburban white male in the world who spent a week in the summer of 1996 reading How Stella Got Her Groove BackI kept thinking that Terry McMillan's recent seuel to Waiting to Exhale was actually a seuel to this book which sounded like a bad idea to me since this one is pretty much based on the author's life and the Jamaican dreamboat that gave Stella her groove back subseuently reclaimed said groove by admitting that he's gay and married her for a green card and How Stella Sued Her Former Husband for 40 Million for an Intentional Strategy to Embarrass and Humiliate Her During Divorce Proceedings didn't sound as sassy or romantic


  5. says:

    I ordered How Stella Got Her Groove Back from during one of their closeout sales I love picking up hardcovers on the cheap and had really enjoyed Waiting to Exhale and figured that I couldn't go wrongYeah right I'm trying to determine if I am disappointed because this is the first entire book I was able to read since my daughter was born or because it seems like Terry McMillan tossed this one off merely to make money off the publicity for Waiting to Exhale Losing Her Groove If you've read McMillan before you know that she tends to write in very long streams of character thoughts but How Stella Got Her Groove Back really is over the top The majority of the book is Stella's own stream of consciousness self debate and to be honest the character is so thinly drawn that you just don't CARE what she's thinkingWhen we first meet Stella she is on vacation from work and her young son is spending time with his father from whom Stella is divorced Stella decides to try to breathe some excitement back into her life so she takes a spur of the moment trip to Jamaica where she meets up with and becomes involved with 20 year old chef apprentice Winston Who is played in the movie version by the yummy Taye DiggsWhen Stella returns from Jamaica she finds that her life is not as she had left it due to events that took place while she was away as well as because of the impact of her new relationship with a man less than half her age From here the book deteriorates although the first signs that this book was heading south were evident in a page and a half long section where Stella is thinking about McMillan's own Waiting to Exhale while deciding which book to read in Jamaica Too coy for words that section sets the tone for the reader that McMillan knows that YOU know who she is and you get the feeling she wants you to accept the book just because she wrote it Paling in Comparison From the moment Stella returns from Jamaica you get the feeling that McMillan ended the book when Stella got on the plane home and just needs to fill up a few hundred pages to please her editor What's worse is that there was such GREAT possibility here to explore the concept of a middle aged woman looking for a new direction in life Unfortunately the only directions McMillan gives Stella relate to finding happiness in a man Where Waiting to Exhale was a detailed study of women that used their relationships with men to view their internal compasses How Stella Got Her Groove Back was a surface level story that didn't uite succeed at reversing the usual stereotype of older man and young comely woman This review originally published on Epinions


  6. says:

    More Than A Love StoryTerry McMillan writes than a love story here We meet Stella a 42 year old high powered African American woman whose been divorced 3 years and has an adorable 11 year old son uincy All Stella's life is about is being a dedicated mother and career woman that changes when she's fired uincy goes to visit dad and Stella and her FRIEND decide she needs sometime for herself to do something fun The very rich details about her 9 day trip to Jamaica make you feel as if you're lying right next to her She meets Winston a 20 year old chef's assistant who keeps Stella weak literally Stella is steadily uestioning the weight of this escapade that leaves the island and follows her back to her home where her life that she was use to is now being challenged I loved the relationship that Stella and her son uincy share it's very open and relaxed


  7. says:

    I see the goodreads describes McMillan's writing as empowering What a joke every book she writes is basically about how women are woefully incomplete without a man Empowering? Try co dependent and pathetic


  8. says:

    Several days ago a website shamed readers that we are only reading books by White males That was a challenge And it is Black History Month so Looking back on the 48 books completed last year on my Goodreads account I found I had read 18 written by White women Most of the rest by White men some old dead White men to make matters worse as implied by the article Shamed by the article I pulled out my copy of “Stella” that I had just picked up a few weeks earlier and started to read to get my non White uotient in and reduce the “shame” OK so I don’t feel shame like a little suggestion that I ought to broaden my horizons a bit in this case in the world of well off African American women So what did I learn?I learned very little that is new on how African Americans are different than European Americans Aside from many speech mannerisms and perhaps a few attitudes if this book is any picture into the lives of Black Americans upper middle class in this case they are just similar to White Americans They like to drive nice cars live in nice houses love their families have the “usual” marital problems and deal with them in the “usual” ways have the “usual” pets – dogs cats and fish – and their kids like to fish And they like sex among adults – nothing much different here And in the case of this book at least one African American author is concerned they write in places in “stream of consciousness” like James Joyce and Gertrude Stein The book makes clear that lifestyles of the two groups differ little – they are not like different countries at all No surprise there nor should there beThe book is largely a fictionalized autobiography retelling a story of how the author met a very attractive sexy young man in Jamaica while on vacation and what happens after that It is amusing and instructive concerning high end resorts in Jamaica – places well above my ability to payI enjoyed the book with several caveats It was too long Her son uincy is really too good for words I can’t imagine an unemployed person with her “don’t worry” attitudeMaybe I should have picked a book thought to be classis like “Beloved” or “The Color Purple” I read Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” years ago which was illuminating concerning the position of African Americans back “in the day” and well written Ah well On to placing these on my “To Read” list


  9. says:

    Don't pick up Stella expecting something serious and deep Read it for what it is a fun romance that's light and airy and meant to take you and your mind into a world away from today's every day grind THIS BOOK REALLY HAD ME WIDE OPEN I LOVED THIS BOOK I HAPPENED TO WATCH THE MOVIE WHEN I WAS REALLY YOUNG ON UPN THEN WHEN I GOT OLDER I REALIZED MY SCHOOL LIBRARY HAD MORE THAN ENOUGH COPIES OF THIS PARTICULAR BOOK SO WITHOUT HESITATION I READ THIS BOOK I MUST ADMIT TERRY MCMILLAN BOOKS HAVE BEEN FAR BEYOND MY AGE BUT I DID NOT MIND THAT AT ALL BECAUSE MOST OF HER BOOKS ARE REALLY GREAT WHILE READING THE JOURNEY OF STELLA I LONGED CRAVED TO BE HER BECAUSE I HAVE YET TO EXPERIENCE A REAL LONG GREAT LOVE I REALLY FEEL IN LOVE WITH STELLA BECAUSE NO MATTER HOW MANY PEOPLE CRITICIZED HER FOR DATING A YOUNG MAN AT FIRST SHE WAS KIND OF HESITANT BUT THEN UICKLY STOP CARING WHAT PEOPLE THINK DECIDES TO JUST ENJOY HER LIFE RELATIONSHIP READING THIS BOOK MADE ME REALIZE SO MUCH WAS LEFT OUT OF THE MOVIE SIDENOTE I HATE WHEN BOOKS ARE MADE INTO MOVIES ; BECAUSE I TEND TO FEEL SO CHEATED


  10. says:

    It's fine for a uick mindless read and darkly ironic because it's based on McMillan's then marriage to a charming younger man from Jamaica thaterm didn't turn out so well My main problem is with the story's predictability which is fine because it never attempts to be thought provoking or deep and the damned run on sentences Oh but one thing I DID like the inner story reference as Stella reclines on a beach reading what else one of McMillan's novels I don't have the exact uote but she says something about the book being Something from a young hotshot author who wasn't that great and cursed too muchTHE IRONY