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.

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