Waiting to Exhale was the first McMillan book I read. I read it, though, after I saw the movie and I couldn't help but feel let down by the movie. Before I read the book , I liked the movie. In any case, the book and the movie left me feeling frustrated with the 4 characters. I felt like they made too many excuses for their behavior, and I didn't identify with any of them. But, it was still a decent read.