Getting to Happy: A Happy Reunion

BlogHer Review

I am probably one of only a handful of people who not only never read Waiting to Exhale , but I also never saw the movie. I know! I checked to see if it was available on Netflix instant, but sure enough, it was only available on DVD, so I couldn’t even watch it on a whim. I’m only mentioning this because the latest Getting to Happy by Terry McMillan, a sequel to her extremely popular 1992 novel. Despite not having any background on the main characters, I never felt like I was missing any important details. I’m sure that a few names or events might have meant more to those who did read the first book, but I never felt like I was missing out.

The book follows the lives of four 50ish friends in Phoenix, Arizona in 2005. I absolutely loved these women, and wanted to be included in their little circle. The love and respect they have for each other made me realize how few close friends I have as I get older, and I wished I had a group of sister-friends to watch movies with and laugh with and dance with like these women did.

Granted, not everything in their lives is perfect. One is going through a divorce, another loses her husband in a violent and senseless crime. Jobs, careers, dating, and life is changing rapidly, and while not everything is going as planned I loved seeing them all work through the changes, and come out on the other side.

I admit I’m holding back on details because I don’t want to spoil anything for those folks who know and love the characters based on the first book. I enjoyed it without the prior knowledge, but for those folks that fell in love with these characters, reading Getting to Happy will be a happy reunion. Either way, I loved this book, and ended up reading most of it on a Saturday afternoon because I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended.

More Like This

Recent Posts by SweeterLemon

Comments

In order to comment on BlogHer.com, you'll need to be logged in. You'll be given the option to log in or create an account when you publish your comment. If you do not log in or create an account, your comment will not be displayed.