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Waiting to Exhale by [McMillan, Terry]
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  • File Size: 1387 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (January 3, 2006)
  • Publication Date: January 3, 2006
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OCXH68
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,538 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I am amused at the nasty one star reviewers who feel that Waiting To Exhale is ONLY about black people, a kind of press conference for inter racial subject matter. Have you ever read Moby Dick? If so, I am here to tell you that is not about whales, not really-- and it is not about White whales either. I don't have time to teach the alphabet to nasty folks but I will try: Waiting To Exhale is a NOVEL. NOVELS are not to be taken literally, they are creative expressions. I can just see the surprised look on some simple faces -- go back to your Nickelodean, don't even bother with literature, stick to HIGHLIGHT magazine, and maybe -- maybe -- Goodnight Moon. Anyway I loved it; laughed out loud even the second time through. LOVE her way with dialogue and character. McMillan is a fresh and powerful voice who has, because of her extreme success and popularity, become a sometime target for the bitter and the jealous, not to mention the feeble. Spike Lee wrote a lengthy book jacket quote for the book, in support of Ms. McMillan, addressing the Black male issue as it pertains to the book, and perhaps this should be enlightening to those who care to look further. Spike Lee is not in the habit of suffering fools or racism -- so get a clue. His support and the support of thousands of loyal fans (black, white, red, yellow and purple) should prove that McMillan is a talent -- yes indeed, there are some who know how to read, not REED.
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By A Customer on April 2, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really only finished it because I was curious as to whether or not these women would grow up. Here are these women in their mid-30's and they STILL haven't got it together about what a RELATIONSHIP is! I know this is just a fiction, but I kept wanted to SCREAM at the women, (especially Savannah and Robin) "Keep your legs closed for JUST a little longer so you can see what the guy is really made of!" I also hated all the derrogatory references to overweight people. The ONE overweight person in the book who has a SHRED of self-esteem ends up having something happen to her that is stereotypical of ONLY happening to fat people. I had a hard time REALLY believing that these were well-educated women in their thirties. I did things that stupid when I was in my twenties, so I had a very difficult time relating to the pubescent immaturity of these girls. The only woman I found myself liking a LOT was Gloria. She was the good friend, and an excellent and devoted parent who basically had an idea of what was important in her life.
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I read this book again after 13 years and guess what? I held my breath from the beginning to the end and let it out at the end. It is funny, well written and it is real. Terry has this way of describing life as a single woman with anecdotes that you can relate to no matter your age. I laughed out loud. I scribbled quotable phrases. I whipped out my handkerchief. I enjoyed the book. A wonderful tale of getting to love and finding oneself. It is a must read for every woman who has asked why she is not yet found the right man and for those who have to remind them of what they got.
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Format: Hardcover
'Waiting to Exhale' adds up to a few stereotypical caricatures plus a somewhat raggedy plot... so why was the book so popular? For one thing, it is falling-down-funny; for another, it tells a few home truths; and mainly, because the characters are people all of us have known at one time or another, regardless of ethnic or class background: Bernardine is every wife whose despicable jerk of a husband dumps her for a younger woman; Robin and Savannah are every woman with a genius for picking the wrong man; Russell is every wrong man; and Michael is every wrong right man (good husband material and zero in bed). We've all been there before.

McMillan clearly has sympathy for her four female protagonists; Robin may be dumber than a box of rocks when it comes to men, but you can't help liking her. McMillan is not a very deep writer and WTE is not a very deep book, but it's funny, perceptive, well written, and well worth reading.

Judy Lind
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If you're looking for a guide to finding despair, humiliation, and self-loathing by throwing yourself at anyone of the opposite sex who conceivably could be good in bed, this book is for you!

Supposedly, four smart, funny, attractive African-American women cannot find enthralling mates in spite of their dressing to emphasize their cleavage and butts, jumping into bed at the first chance they get, lack of any interests other than sex, and constant use of language too vulgar to be printable in this review.

Adding to (or perhaps better stated, as subtracting from) the heavily stereotypical anti-male missive, is the unremitting disparagement of cross-race dating and marriage, and condoning of multi-partner teenage sex.

I had heard that this book was good; I was disturbed that I, and so many others, wasted precious time reading it.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I thought this was a fun read some years back..well-written..hence my first inclination to give it 2 stars, but taking another look..if a man ever wrote about his "repulsion" over sex with an overweight woman, the way Robin describes sex with Michael, we'd be taking to the streets in protest...there was such an unkindness to it..and this was a woman with a dear, overweight friend...I'm changing my mind..back to one star..too much shallow emphasis on looks, money, etc..it's not a race thing..it makes all women look bad. Well, maybe just these women..I'd like to think some of us are different.
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