Friendship is Everything in Getting to Happy [SPOILERS]

BlogHer Review

I have always had good friends. From the time I was three, I can think back and remember my best friends. Suzie in elementary school. Anna in middle school. Lynette and Kathy in high school. Some friendships are fleeting—I can count the aforementioned girls as this. Some friendships, though, stand the test of time. My college roommate, Molly. My dear friend and fellow pastor’s wife, Pam. Women that I don’t see for a few years, yet can pick up the phone and start up where we left off. They know me through and through, yet still love me. They’re not afraid to tell me what they think, and vice versa. I love them like sisters.

In the book Getting to Happy by Terry McMillan, Savannah, Gloria, Bernadine and Robin are four such friends. These women, friends since forever, are connected with the love only friends can share. Each of them find themselves in life changing situations: Savannah, a divorce; Gloria, her husband’s death; Bernadine, an addiction; and Robin, a search for long-wanted love. Together, they join hands and help each other through some of the toughest times in their lives.

I loved this book. I wasn’t sure of it at first, since I’d never read it’s prequel, Waiting to Exhale. But as I read and got to know each of these women, I felt like they became my friends too. As a woman myself, I understood the friendship that they share. I felt their pain, I felt their happiness. Terry McMillan did an excellent job of helping the reader to really get to know her characters, and come to love them.

Even though I’m drastically different than these women, I think there’s a bit of each of them in every woman. All of us yearn to be loved. We all want to be happy in our lives and to be successful at whatever we do, whether in a business, in school, or as a mom. None of us want to want for anything. But bad things happen. They always do. I think the point of the whole book was to look deep inside yourself when bad things DO happen, and find that part of you that will make the best of it, and move on. That’s the beauty of this story.

Ladies out there, sit down and read this book. You’ll be better for it!

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