I read Waiting to Exhale years ago and enjoyed that thoroughly as well. Now, McMillan revisits Savannah, Gloria, Bernadine, and Robin fifteen years later. Where do you hope to be in the next 15 years? It seems very '90s to me. Every one of their crises felt obvious and were too easily 'solved' by the book's end. But I have to say that I didn't realize it was a sequel to Waiting to Exhale.
How did getting the other characters' perspectives enhance your understanding of each woman? Gloria is blissfully happy, but that is instantly taken from under her feet and Robin, my goodness is a single mother with a teenage daug Savannah, Bernadine, Gloria and Robin are back after 15 or 16 years to bring us up to date with their lives. Even this extremely pale Northern European could relate to her piece on body hair. This book really is about getting back to being happy with yourself and living beyond your past hurt and pain. Those were the good old days. Of course, 14 year-old me couldn't relate to much, but I was blown away by the strength and vulnerability of these women. She lives in New York City.
Where the women are fifteen years later creates only a good paragraph. I read Waiting to Exhale and loved it. This was stilted and dialogue seemed forced and unreal. Talk about disappointed which is how I'm feeling about this book. If you're planning to read it out of curiosity I can save you the trouble. The outrage and the disappointment so vividly portrayed in the opening chapters must ultimately melt into understanding, even love, if possible. How I missed those four friends, Bernadine, Gloria, Robin, and Savannah missed them in that order, by the way and wanted to know how they were doing.
When you want this genre she's one if the best, but she's still limited. I think that sister would bring it right! All four women are back, but this time, of course, they're middle-aged. And for years, Gloria has taken happiness and security for granted. I hated the idea of it rejoining the characters 10yrs later I hated the choppy story line and how she jumped from one character to the next. There is so much mundane description and dialogue in this book, and it has taken a lot of patience to keep turning the pages. Getting to Happy is written from alternating points of view.
The women have aged and have years of experience since we last saw them in the classic predecessor. Once again, it is their love for one another that proves the most healing balm in any situation. How I missed those four friends, Bernadine, Gloria, Robin, and Savannah missed them in that order, by the way and wanted to know how they were doing. As with the first book, McMillan has created women we can identify with, like and commiserate with — women we are or are friends with ourselves. The writing was very disjointed and the techniques used multiple viewpoints, using present tense in some chapters did not effectively convey the story. The ending fell flat for me.
When one character is widowed, her friends are more concerned with her weight gain than her mental well-being. Of course, 14 year-old me couldn't relate to much, but I was blown away by the strength and vulnerability of these women. I love the multi - perspective telling of the story. It tapped into the z Crap. It just never resonated with me. I am looking forward to the movie, which I know is sure to happen. Best friends Savannah, Gloria, Bernadine, and Robin have had their share of broken marriages, concessions, and the lessons learned from taking happiness for granted.
How have you changed over the past 15 years? James is a lying, con man bigamist. McMillan in essence had 15 years go by and put all of these characters in the exact same place they were at during the beginning of Waiting to Exhale. If you're looking for something exciting move on. Her work is characterized by strong female protagonists. This story truly made me value the friendships I have with my girlfriends and our life's journey. Reaffirming our belief in the healing power of friendship, from romance to career to the tragedy of Katrina, McMillan's characters are life-sized sisters of the heart.
I was able to polish this off in only a few days. The loving and devoted tapestry of friendship these four women have shared over their lives is expanded without missing a thread, despite the changes they have endured. If you're like me and you read and loved it, then you picked up this book with your own little pack of hopes and predictions. I dare not ask what. For some reason I thought there would be more involvement between the women. I'm a lover of dialogue but dialogue for the sake of dialogue is lazy story telling and obvious filler. Disappointing follow up to Waiting to Exhale.