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Getting to Happy Paperback – June 7, 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
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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From Bookmarks Magazine
For McMillan fans (and they are legion, given the immense popularity of her novels and film adaptations), the publication of Getting to Happy will be welcome news. The novel is full of the juicy romantic entanglements, family dysfunction, and high drama that readers have come to anticipate. The novel is not without its shortcomings; most critics noted the occasional clunky writing and predictable plot line. After all, McMillan's characters are the same as before--older and heavier, perhaps, but not necessarily happier or wiser. Still, the novel is entertaining, escapist fare, and "Getting to Happy is pretty much required reading for anyone who cared about Waiting to Exhale" (Miami Herald). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Still living in Phoenix, the women continue to meet for their girls' get-togethers and share what's going on in their lives. But the years have brought disappointments, sorrow, divorces, deaths, and all the inevitable events that life offers up to us. But how these women are dealing with these events is what Getting to Happy spotlights in this newest tale.
The narrative is told from the alternating points of view of the four women: sometimes in first-person and other times in third-person.
What I enjoyed, just as I did the first time around, is how the women don't pull any punches as they tell each other just what they think and feel. They've never hesitated to tell each other the truth, even when it hurts.
So how will they each learn from the mistakes of the past, focus on the present, and live in the moment? As we watch them stumbling along until they finally start to get it right, we can exhale...at long last. Since maybe they're going to start reaching their potential and discovering that being fifty isn't the end of the world, or of their happiness.
I liked the characters as much as I did in the first book. This one seemed a little more muted, or maybe slightly less exhilarating. I enjoyed it, but I'm giving it four stars.
Like countless other we waited with baited breath for this book to be released, in order to find out what was going on with our beloved girlfriends, Savannah, Bernadette, Gloria and Robin. After 15 years surely they have had numerous adventures and can't wait to tell us their story... boy where we wrong. Getting to Happy was a disappointment from beginning to end. As avid readers and intelligent women we understand that life does have it's up and down and it doesn't always have a happy ending but for crying out loud these characters have gotten older not wiser and have lost that spark that endeared us to them in the first place. The story line was so dark and dismal every character seems to be a step away from Prozac, oh wait I think one character was on it, suicide, or dementia. Death, jail ,divorce, deception, lesbian lovers, you would think the combination would make for an exciting read but forced and un necessary story lines only served to make it for a lack of a better word depressing. But to be fair as one of our members pointed out the title of the book is "Getting to Happy", maybe they just haven't gotten there yet ...
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B.R.A.S Book Club