Waiting to Exhale

Waiting to Exhale

Terry McMillan / Oct 17, 2019

Waiting to Exhale Robin Stokes is a successful insurance professional recovering from a deadend love affair They say love is a two way street But I don t believe it because the one I ve been on for the last two years

  • Title: Waiting to Exhale
  • Author: Terry McMillan
  • ISBN: 9780671501488
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Paperback
  • Robin Stokes is a successful insurance professional recovering from a deadend love affair They say love is a two way street But I don t believe it, because the one I ve been on for the last two years was a dirt road After months of depression, shopping, and dating all the wrong men, she s getting by with a little help from her friends and still determined to fine thRobin Stokes is a successful insurance professional recovering from a deadend love affair They say love is a two way street But I don t believe it, because the one I ve been on for the last two years was a dirt road After months of depression, shopping, and dating all the wrong men, she s getting by with a little help from her friends and still determined to fine the Real Thing

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      • Terry McMillan

        Terry McMillan is an African American author Her interest in books comes from working at a library when she was fourteen She received her BA in journalism in 1986 from the University of California at Berkeley and the MFA Film Program at Columbia University Her work is characterized by strong female protagonists.Her first book, Mama, was self promoted She achieved national attention in 1992 with her third novel, Waiting to Exhale, which remained on The New York Times bestseller list for many months Forest Whitaker turned it into a film in 1995 In 1998, another of McMillan s novels, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, was made into a movie McMillan s novel Disappearing Acts was subsequently produced as a direct to cable feature.Her last novel, Who Asked You , casts an intimate look at the burdens and blessings of family and speaks to trusting your own judgment even when others don t agree.


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    1. This is a case where I actually thought the movie was better than the book. The scene where Angela Bassett's character torches her philandering husband's vehicle with all his worldly goods inside was worth the price of admission.


    2. That’s What Friends Are ForI originally read WAITING TO EXHALE in the 90s when I was a teenager. A group of us decided to reread the story to see if it would have the same impact on as mature women. I have never reread a book before. I was under the impression that doing so the story wouldn’t be as interesting and predictable. As key parts of the story, the line up from the movie played out, I could actually hear Whitney Houston, Lela Rochon, Loretta Devine and Angela Bassett’s voices. Sav [...]


    3. I read this book in high school and I was disgusted! Then in African American Lit class for my junior year, we watched the movie, and I still hated it!But it wasn't until I went to college that the book and its' leading ladies reverberated with my soul and outlook on men, life, and love!One of my friends, who is Hispanic, said the book was stupid! And I and every other black woman looked at her and said she was crazy as hell! And I vehemently told her she'll NEVER experience what Black women fee [...]


    4. This is the tale of four black women who are friends in early 1990s Phoenix, Arizona. I can't say I found any of the woman all that likable; they're so whiny and man-hungry. We first meet Savannah, never married and without children at thirty-six. She's affluent, doing well in her career in public relations, but tired of being single and of the faults of "buppie" (young black urban professional) males. She tells us, "I worry about if and when I'll ever find the right man, if I'll ever be able to [...]



    5. This book has so many early 90s moments that I was often laughing as the characters listen to Paula Abdul in their Nissans while committing various fashion and hair crimes. No suede dress or fuschia lipstick is left undescribed.The detailed episodes of lousy sex that the main characters endure with every possible kind of loser are funny and icky. Also the constant swearing and foul-mouthedness is great. This book has a light-heartedness that is endearing. Things are bought and used for pleasure; [...]


    6. Not exactly sure why I read this. I suppose it was entertaining enough, but the writing was atrocious. The dialogue seemed wooden and disjointed (not to mention unnecessarily vulgar at times), but maybe since I was born in '86 I can't properly understand the plight of thirty something black women in the early '90s. Either way it was a quick read. I didn't hate it, but I also was disappointed by the lack of resolution at the end. I may have been better off just watching the movie, lol


    7. Before the pap that was How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Terry McMillan wrote the brilliant Waiting to Exhale, a story of four female friends and their triumphs and failures in their relationships with men.::: The New Musketeers :::As the novel opens, Savannah has just quit her job to move to a new job in Phoenix, where her friend Bernadine lives, in hopes of furthering her career and moving from public relations to television producing. Bernadine herself has just found out that her husband has n [...]


    8. More like 4.5 starsWaiting to Exhale is one of those books I should have read years ago. Literally every woman and her mama have become familiar with the lives of Savannah, Bernadine, Robin and Gloria, and I did also, but through the movie version (which I love). But now that I've finally read the book, I can say it lives up to the phenomenon it once was back in the early 1990s. Of course, it's much more fleshed out in the book, and I can see how Terry McMillan stirred so many black women and ho [...]




    9. I love the book and the movie! I saw the movie first and I had to read the book. Great book and definitely one of my all time favorites.


    10. It was a bit difficult to keep up with all the different storylines, but I got it after a while. This book is a roller coaster, but it's very real to a lot of Black women. I have seen this happen to friends of my mother and my mother even. It's a story that needed to be told from this perspective. Ms.McMillan did a good job.


    11. This is my third time reading this novel, but luckily so much time passed since the last time I picked this book up, it was like reading it for the first time. The beginning started off sketchy. All of the characters had my side eye ready to explode, but as I delved deeper into the story, I grew closer to them, and better understood their pain and plight. I saw a lot of the old me in all of these women, which at some points made me sad, and at other points made me extremely happy that I'd learne [...]


    12. IQ "I know I'm not going to hear from him. And I hate the thought that I made a fool of myself. That I spilled my guts. Made my most intimate feelings known. How could somebody who acted so since be so insincere? How could he play with my feelings like this? I would never do this kind of shit to anybody." Savannah, 372^Speak.On.It. It's probably just the frame of mood I'm in right now but those words perfectly capture how irritated I feel right now at placing myself in a similar situation. And t [...]


    13. I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked this book up. I'm trying to read writing with more diverse experiences and points of view, and I have a vague memory of seeing the movie and enjoying it--mostly Angela Bassett's fiercess and that crazy scene where she destroys her husband's car. So either my memory is faulty or the book is a lot different than the movie. Honestly, I didn't like this very much. And even though I didn't really like this book, I don't know if it's because the characte [...]


    14. Listened to Waiting To Exhale by Terry McMillan. This book is about 4 ladys. ROBIN STOKES is a successful insurance professional recovering from a dead-end love affair. "They say love is a two-way street. But I don't believe it because the one I've been on for the last two years was a dirt road." After months of depression, shopping and dating all the wrong men, she's getting by with a little help from her friends -- and still determined to find the Real Thing BERNADINE HARRIS has the kids, the [...]


    15. Wonderful reading - sweet and easy, but leaving a taste of solitude on the tip of your tongue. I found bits of myself here and there in every female character, as I'm sure every woman who reads it does. After all, as different as we are, most of the time it's about the same things: solitude, first moment excitement when you seem to have found The One, disappointment, passion, fireworks, bitterness. etc.Huge thanks to the author for leaving it without all those cheesy happily ever after endings b [...]


    16. I started and finished this book on Thanksgiving day 2007. (My parents work Holidays so festivities were bleak) I think I'm going through a breakup? Dude completely stopped calling. Great book to read if you want to speed up the recovery. Reminds you some men are just pansies and you're lucky if you have good friends to take the edge off the stings. Twas a therapeutic experience. Funny because I watched the movie for the first time 2 years ago after a more substantial breakup and it was one of m [...]


    17. This book was okay for me. I enjoy McMillan's style of writing and really wanted to love the characters. I rooted for their stories but struggled to care once I realized that their lives were so focused on men with little resolution, they were desperate and needy and I couldn't identify with any of them. There is just so much more to life than men and it seemed almost that the characters didn't enjoy anything else. I will say I enjoyed the sisterhood but there is so much more for them to experie [...]


    18. I'm actually sad that the novel ends here. I am glad the leading ladies all got their happy endings. I heard there's a sequel, but as I've heard mixed reviews, I'm not sure if I'll be picking that up.More thoughts to come, but McMillan fit a LOT of the black community's issues into 400 pages without doing too much. Waiting to Exhale is just as relevant today as it was back in 1992.


    19. Silly,silly but funny too. An African American version of Sex in the City but nowhere near as good (but what could be as good as SATC??)An interesting point of view, enjoyed the 80's and 90's references to pop culture, and a fairly happy ending too. The book was just a celebration of female friendship and to that I can relate as I have been blessed with wonderful girlfriends who are like family to me :)A quick, entertaining read filled with lots of "oh no he didn't" and "damn girl" hahahaha


    20. A book that gives the fresh spirit of 90's about the hopes, the fears and the dreams of four 30 something women. Nice writting about to find Mr. Perfect but as the most of the books I've read at the end there is a sudden stop. Happy end of course but so sudden like the writer was in a island and the paper finished and she hasn't where to continue. Pity again!


    21. Sorry but this book is disappointingly stereotypical in its portrayal of the black female experience. We're not all bitter depressed single mothers / overweight / airheads. We fit into more diverse categories and are more complex than the four characters here pigeon hole us asd we don't all hate white women :)I appreciate this author, just not this book.


    22. 4 STARS "Four African-American women console and support one another in a complex friendship that helps each of them face the middle of her life as a single woman." (From )I was 14 or 15 years old when I first read this book and I really enjoyed it. I did a reread after the movie came out and still liked it. I liked the movie but loved the soundtrack.


    23. Re-reading this after 15 years in anticipation of the sequel I realized this is a really bad book. It's poorly written, the characters are 2 dimensional, there's too many coincidental cliches and it's very dated. It was good back in the '90s when it was first released but it doesn't hold up well now.


    24. I read this book a few years ago, but this was a favorite book of mine! Who would not love a novel about 4 women and their ups and downs in life, but they have a great friendship! I enjoyed this book.



    25. 420 pagesI enjoyed this story of four black woman that struggle and prevail over life, careers, men and love.Wonderfully written and you will fall in love with the protagonists.


    26. Now I want to watch the movie. Although one of the principal villains is a 27 year old white woman named Kathleen. I was a 27 year old white woman named Kathleen when this book was published. Yikes!


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