Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Today Will Be Different

Today Will Be Different
Maria Semple

Today Will Be Different

Genre: Fiction

Summary (from Goodreads): A genius novel from the author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette, about a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, forced to abandon her small ambitions when she awakes to a strange, new future unfolding.

Eleanor knows she's a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won't swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action-life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother's company. It's also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office-but not Eleanor-that he's on vacation. Just when it seems like things can't go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret.

TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT is a hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living.

Review: I had high expectations for this book because of how much I loved the author's first book, Where'd You Go, Bernadette?  Sadly, this book didn't live up to the hype.  Eleanor was a mostly unlikeable, spoiled and self-involved woman, which may have made for an interesting book if she wasn't also completely dull.  There were definitely a few funny parts in the book, but overall, I just didn't care for it.

Rating: 2.5 stars

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