This isnt waiting to exhale... This book is boring. FOr it to be 15 years later these people havent evolved one bit its like they have regressed... I find myself wanting to skip the chapters just to get to the ending... They are all bitter and its kind of sad after all at the ending of waiting to exhale all of the women were starting to come into their own and you found yourself rooting for them but this book... WAIT AND BORROW IT FROM THE LIBRARY
Half the fun?
They say that getting there is half the fun. Savannah, Bernadine, Robin, and Gloria, the joint protagonists of this book might not agree. There are some fun times, yes, but these friends are finding rough going as each pursues her own quest. These women first appeared fifteen years ago in Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale. Now still friends, each has in a piece of fictional serendipity reached a turning point in her life--a time for new beginning and new focus while bringing along all the paraphernalia of the past.
When I first met these four in Exhale, I related to them all. I felt almost as if I were a fifth, not very talkative, member of the group, Therefore, I approached this book with the same apprehension I felt before a class reunion. Would I remember them? Would I still be interested? Would I even care?
Yes, to all. McMillan does a fine job in the first four chapters of bringing the forgetful, or even the new, reader up to speed on who these women are, what lurks around in their pasts, and what is going on in their 2005 lives, when the story takes place.
Plenty is going on. Savannah and Gloria both find themselves suddenly and unwantedly single, Robin has her hands full with daughter Sparrow's escapades, while Bernadette is overcoming or not overcoming a devastating betrayal from years before. She can't let it go. As each woman struggles with her own trauma the friendships between them and the spirit of the group also undergo strains and testing.
They all survive, or, at least it looks like they will. The resolutions are not always the ones dreamed of or wished for. But that's life--in reality and fiction. Each, if not arriving at "happy" is still on the road and a little farther down it.
On the surface, this is a book about four African American women living in Phoenix and coming to terms with their fifties. Deeper, this is a book about women. One that all women, especially those past or approaching the half-century mark, will appreciate, relate to and enjoy (at least parts of it!). This Anglo woman in Houston certainly did. She hopes it won't be another fifteen years before her next reunion with her four friends.
I picked up the book on the day of release and wasn't able to put it down. Each character is so well-written and developed that I knew each character without Ms McMillan having to repeat their names every couple of paragraphs. I appreciated the imagery as well. I've never been to Arizona, but I feel like I'd been. I could also hear the voice of each character in my head and it wasn't the actors voices that played each character in the movie. The subtle references to technology really shows how much the world has changed in 15 years and the maturity of each woman.
This book reflects the reality that many of us are living because she touched on a number of current issues, which makes the novel extremely relatable. The moral of the story is that life happens and it's about how you deal with it that makes you happy or unhappy.
Can't wait to see the movie!!
Best Thing about this Book is its Title
Buy this book only if you must say you have read everything Terry McMillian writes. Otherwise save your money. The premise is good, but there is no magic to this book. Where the women are fifteen years later creates only a good paragraph. The rest is 300 pages of nothingness. An example is this: "Sparrow (Robin's teenage daughter) enjoys her share of hip-hop but she's not big on R&B. It doesn't seem normal to be black and not like soul music. Her top three: Aretha, Otis Redding and Curtis Mayfield. She'll listen to that Matchbox Twenty and Nickelback (whom I also get a kick out of), and those Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fall Out Boy and Coldplay like they're never going to make another album. We both have a soft spot" and on it goes about music tastes for another 60 or so words. The whole book reads as though Terry McMillian is being paid for the number of words she can produce. Empty filler scenes are the core of the book, not the relationship between the women or who they are fifteen years later. The best things about this book is its title and the art on the cover and it will sell only because we see Terry McMillian's name on book and expect what she can no longer do.
"A Good Read"
I was adding a few books to my Kindle and was very surprised to learn that Terry had written a sequel to "Waiting to Exhale". I pre-ordered it and awaited its' arrival to my Kindle. When it finally arrived, I put my other book on hold and started reading. From page one, I was drawn in. It had me laughing, talking to myself, and one part even had tears in my eyes. I thought the book was very good. And while of course some people would have liked to see all these women with their lives in "perfect" order after fifteen years, but come on, let's be realistic here. Life just isn't all that "perfect". I can relate to these women so much. I am married in my 50's too, and I am still scratching my head when it comes to relationships. I think Terry has it just about right. If not, why are there so many divorced people and so many single women out there still searching? I am looking forward to the movie, which I know is sure to happen. So if you liked "Waiting to Exhale", i think you will like "Getting to Happy". And Terry, if Whitney isn't playing Savannah in this one, I would love to see Gabrielle Union as Savannah. I think that sister would bring it right! Now, back to reading about Madame C.J. Walker. (Who according to her great-granddaughter did not invent the straightening comb) huh?