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Getting to Happy

A book by Terry McMillan

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  • Sep 22, 2010
Terry McMillan has again struck gold with her sequel to the blockbuster bestseller/hit movie Waiting To Exhale. The girls are back.....and it's like being reunited with old friends.

Bernie has remarried, and her relationship with her ex-husband John and his new family is extremely amicable. When difficulties confront both Bernadine and John, they realize eventually how much they've been through and how much each values the friendship of the other.

Robyn, mother of teenager Sparrow, is still looking for love....in all of the wrong places. But a blast from the past appears....and looks to be extremely promising. When another life change occurs that is completely out of her control, Robyn is forced to re-evaluate her entire existence...and what she deems important.

Gloria is married to Marvin--the man of everyone's dreams. She has the perfect marriage and the perfect life. But when tragedy of unimaginable proportions strike, the girls must rally around, and help the family keep their heads up.

Savannah is stuck in a marriage to a man she has concluded that she no longer likes. Isaac used to make her heart race...but the thrill is gone, as they say, and all he does anymore is bore her. She makes a conclusive decision to be happy again...."cleaning house" as she does so.

You'll cry, cheer, and laugh out loud as our girls try to "get to happy"......as many of us are still trying to do. Anxiously awaiting the movie, which I understand is coming.

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review by . September 07, 2010
Revisiting the ladies from Waiting to Exhale after fifteen years, McMillan explores the necessity of turning lemons into lemonade. Much has changed in the lives of the four Phoenix friends, Robin, Savannah, Gloria and Bernadine, marriages and romances run aground, careers in limbo, children grown and on their own. Although the women are as close as ever, each freely acknowledges that life has intruded, their meetings less frequent, the ups and downs of daily demands taking a toll. Now each of the …
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Fifteen years after Waiting to Exhale, McMillan brings back Savannah, Gloria, Bernadine, and Robin--now in their 50s--for a disappointing and uninspired outing. As the story opens, Gloria is very happy, Savannah believes she might be happy, Bernadine is fighting addiction and losing ground, and single mother Robin is trying to resign herself to being alone while things at her job begin to unravel. Within the first few chapters, Gloria and Savannah are struck by disaster, and things go rapidly downhill from there for everyone. Most of the misery has to do with men who lie, steal, cheat, or disappear, or with adult children who face similar problems. Unfortunately, the beloved cast isn't given a story worthy of them; instead, this reunion reads like a catalogue of personal catastrophes annotated with very long, rambling discussions, with more emphasis on simple drama than character.
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ISBN-10: 0670022047
ISBN-13: 978-0670022045
Author: Terry McMillan
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Viking Adult
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