Because no film has been made out of the sequel to Beaches I found it more enjoyable. Not having been spoiled on any plot points, but still with mental pictures of the characters, I could easily imagine the action as a movie unfolding. However, I was frustrated with the focus on Cee Cee’s parenting of Nina, and how the book ran through seven
years showing us only snippets of their lives. More attention could have been paid to Nina’s thoughts and struggles than their search for a school or Cee Cee’s continued attempts to force Michael to acknowledge his daughter.
The writing style is dramatic and soap-opera-ish, and if you thought Beaches was written with screenplay in mind, I’ll Be There definitely is. Unfortunately, (or fortunately depending on your perspective and your personal feelings about Bette Midler) this is one movie that never got made.