The phenomenon that was Waiting to Exhale sort of skipped over me (I was in high school when the book and movie came out), so I was completely unfamiliar with the story and characters when I got the sequel Getting To Happy by Terry McMillan in the mail. I didn't want to come into this story unprepared, however, so I made sure I got the first book and read it before starting this one so I would have the background necessary to enjoy the sequel.
Turns out I probably didn't need to worry about it. Getting To Happy is the continuing story of the women we met in Waiting To Exhale, but I think it would be just as enjoyable on it's own as a story of four women facing the challenges of job changes, divorce, grief and growing older. Life, basically.