This is a story of a single mother who has gotten caught up in her corporate job and has started to lose touch with the things that are important to her. The story is about how she gets back in touch with her "inner self" and finds love in her life again.
The characters are all very likeable. It's a good story, although the author's writing style takes a little getting used to. She needs to be introduced to the serial comma. After a couple chapters you'll get used to that and the reading becomes a bit more smooth.
This is one of the best books of all time for fun, feeling good about yourself, and believing that anything can and does happen! Stella is a single mother who is a success at her job and at motherhood, but is tired, feels rundown, lonely, and depressed. Suddenly she decides to go on a vacation, alone, to Jamaica, something totally out of character for her. It changes her life...she falls in love with a man much younger than her, she finds her 'groove' and what happens next will astound you! The book is much better, of course, but it was also made into a movie that was pretty good as well.
#1 NY Times Bestseller. Maybe you seen Terry McMillan & her new husband she is divorcing on Oprah--was a good show. McMillan's book Waiting to Exhale was made into a movie. This book is about a hard-working Black career woman who takes a Caribbean vacation...and gets her groove back with a younger man.
(From Amazon.com) Stella Payne is a Superwoman who has everything--except a man to rock her world, something she's convinced she can well do without. On a spur-of-the-moment Jamaican vacation she meets Winston, a man half her age, and finds, to her dismay, that her world is indeed well and truly rocked. Stella soon realizes that she's come to a cataclysmic juncture in her life, one that forces new and difficult questions about her passions and expectations.
From Publishers Weekly:
Her readers may be surprised that, after the gritty, tell-it-as-it-is Mama and Waiting to Exhale, McMillan has now written a fairy tale. Her "forty-fucking-two-year-old" heroine, divorcee Stella Payne, possesses a luxurious house and pool in northern California, a lucrative job as a security analyst, a BMW and a truck, a personal trainer and an adorable 11-year- old son-but no steady guy. On a whim, Stella decides to vacation in Jamaica, and she narrates the ensuing events in a revved-up voice, naked of punctuation, that alternates between high-voltage energy and erotic languor. Romance comes to Stella under tropical skies-but there's a problem. Gorgeous, seductive Winston, the chef-trainee with whom she enjoys passionate sex (explicitly detailed), is shockingly young: he's not quite 21. Naturally, Stella wonders if he really loves her; endless soul-searching and a few tepid complications occupy the remainder of the narrative. When Stella loses her job, it's no sweat; she has enough savings to maintain her lifestyle. When fate throws two other gorgeous men her way, she immediately decides they are boring and isn't tempted for a minute. Meanwhile, her intense preoccupation with feminine deodorant sprays and the smell of women's public bathrooms is rather strange, to say the least. McMillan's expletive-strewn narrative accommodates such musings, however, and readers who have been yearning for a Judith Krantz of the black bourgeoisie-albeit one with a dirty mouth and a more ebullient spirit-will be pleased with this fantasy of sexual fulfillment. 100,000 first printing; major ad/ promo; first serial rights to People and Essence; BOMC main selection; film rights to 20th Century Fox; author tour.
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This was a great book. It was a great story about taking chances on love, and accepting what feels right to you in relationships. With humor, fear, joy, and a little pain at times, McMillian's character Stella was believable. Stella faced frowns of disapproval and conflict from friends and family. She moved past her own doubts and fears to embrace the love she felt for a younger man, rather than continuing to live without love to follow the status quo.
When 42 year old, divorced, high powered investment analyst Stella Payne takes a spur-of-the-moment vacation to Jamaica, her world is rocked to the core. Not just by the relaxing effects of the sun and sea, but by a tall, lean, soft-spoken Jamaican who is half her age. More than a love story, it is ultimately a novel about how a woman saves her own life and what she must risk to do it.
I enjoy Terry McMillan, but this book was one huge run-on sentance. I found it hard to read and started to search for conversation quotes so that the story could continue. Having said that, I did enjoy the romance of it. The author does convey the unpredictable and undeniable power of love.
as always the book si better than the movie. you will get a better idea of what is really going on with the peopel involved.
loved the trips to Jamaica. if you are over a "certain" age it is a great read!
The author of Waiting to Exhale checks in again with a fresh, exuberant novel. Stella Payne is a Superwoman who has everything--except a man to rock her world, something she's convinced she can well do without. On a spur-of-the-moment Jamaican vacation she meets Winston, a man half her age, and finds, to her dismay, that her world is indeed well and truly rocked. Stella soon realizes that she's come to a cataclysmic juncture in her life, one that forces new and difficult questions about her passions and expectations.
A pretty lame book, even more so now that the author (who based it--loosely?--on her own life) is now divorcing (messily) the young man she falls in love with in this book. Oh, yeah, and now (in real life) he says he's gay.
Stella Payne is forty-two, divorced, a high-powered investment analyst, mother of eleven-year-old Quincy-and she does it all. In fact, if she doesn't do it, it doesn't get done, from Little League carpool duty to analyzing portfolios to folding the laundry and bringing home the bacon. She does it all well, too, if her chic house, personal trainer, BMW, and her loving son are any indication. So what if there's been no one to share her bed with lately, let alone rock her world? Stella doesn't mind too much; she probably wouldn't have the energy for love-and all of love's nasty fallout-anyway.
But when Stella takes a spur-of-the-moment vacation to Jamaica, her world gets rocked to the core-not just by the relaxing effects of sun and sea and an island full of attactive men, but by one man in particular. Winston is tall, lean, soft-spoken, Jamaican, smells of citrus and the ocean-and is half her age. The tropics have cast their spell and Stella soon realizes she has come to a turning point: not only must she confront her hopes and fears about love, she must question all of her expectations, passions, and ideas about life and the way she has lived it.