Getting to Happy: Good Friends Get You Through the Rough Patches

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Getting to Happy wasn't my first choice for book club. I know, that's like saying, "Rubies? But I really wanted the emeralds!" while eye rolling with a spoiled childish sigh. I had not read Waiting to Exhale . Sequels can be exhausting if you are not familiar with the original.

I shouldn't have been so worried. Terry McMillan's breezy conversational tone makes the book read like meeting up with your best friends to share the content of their complicated lives. Over coffee at Gloria's kitchen table. Choosing wedding gowns with Bernadine. Sharing lunch with Robin. Or sipping mojitos on Savannah's luxurious deck.

This is act two in the course of the lives of these protagonists. Most of us believe that happiness is a destination that once reached, is a constant thereafter. Life has an ebb and flow. Challenges are awaiting all of us during our lives. The characters confront divorce, career change starting over and even death.

I am about the same age as the characters of Getting to Happy. In the last several years I have survived cancer, my business floundering in the economy and most recently, my husband's job loss. Age doesn't always bring wisdom. It finely tunes your ability to persevere and survive. I have had many deep conversations with the closest of my inner circle. They have given me light on my darkest days.

Sitting on my couch, finishing the final lyrical words of McMillan's prose, the phone rang. It was my husband, yelling with joy.

He got the job of his dreams.

New chapter. New challenges. Getting to Happy may not have been the book I originally wanted, but it was exactly the book I needed to read at this point in my life.

It gave me a way to make sense of my own world. Confirmed what I was beginning to learn. That life is a journey. And good friends will lift you through it.

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