If you have ever found yourself at a point in life where you are just not happy, where things have not turned out the way you thought despite all of your hard work, or in a relationship that is not giving you what you had hoped for, then maybe Getting to Happy by Terry McMillan is for you.
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When I first picked up Getting to Happy by Terry McMillan, I realized it was the sequel to the very popular book (and movie) Waiting to Exhale > -- which, of course, I’d never read. Or seen.
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What is happy and how does one get there? That is the question that this book asks and the people in Getting to Happy answer, or at least try to. I will say that I have never read Waiting to Exhale, cover to cover, but I did see the movie. This book is a follow up to that, several years later. Read more >
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. Read more >
Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale was more than just a bestselling novel -- its publication was a turning point moment in literary history. Her feisty and animated story about four African American women struggling to find love and their place in the world touched a cultural nerve, inspired a major film, and generated an audience craving more. Read more >
Getting to Happy is Terry McMillan's sequel to Waiting to Exhale a book (and movie) many have grown to love. For that reason, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review this story. Now that I’ve finished, I am still trying to figure out exactly what it is about these characters that everyone loves so much. Read more >
So remember at the end of Waiting to Exhale when we were all so happy Gloria had found sweet Marvin, Robin decided to have Russell’s baby even though he was bad news, Bernie spent that romantic, fully-clothed night at the hotel with James (after she threw all John’s stuff in his car and lit it to high heaven), and Savannah had finally stopped waiting on Kenneth to leave his wife because she didn’t need a man? Read more >
In Terry McMillan's sequel to Waiting to Exhale , Getting to Happy, we are reintroduced to the four friends Savannah, Bernadine, Robin and Gloria, fifteen years after we left them exhaling. The four strong black women we first met are still feisty and fierce, and most importantly still best friends. Read more >
The first time I read a book by Terry McMillan I was a recently married young mother full of hope for our future; in Waiting to Exhale I found engaging characters with touching stories laced with hope. In the long awaited follow up Getting to Happy, we revisit these beloved characters fifteen years later. Unfortunately it’s a visit I didn’t enjoy. Read more >