by Melanie Gideon
Very Bridget Jones-ish, but for the 40s set and with tons more social media. Pretty dang tongue in cheek, acerbic, and yet emotionally charged. Also told with mixed media of narrative, facebook posts, google searches and survey answers, it kept me laughing.
Alice is slightly neurotic, convinced her kids have major issues they are hiding, about to turn 45, the age her mother was when she died, and kind of bored in her marriage. She joins an anonymous online survey on marriage and love which causes her to review her life to date and wonder what it is she wants out of life.
Alice is a likeable character simply because she is so dang honest. At times I was frustrated with her for being either an ostrich and ignoring things, or being so extremely inventive about issues to worry about, instead of focusing on real problems. I was in the mood for a contemporary almost chick lit book and I got it. It was funny, it was crazy, it was beyond real life, but it was romantic too. It made me think about my life and my marriage and that is always good.
Anyway, I enjoyed Wife 22. There are unbelievable parts, crazy friends, insane situations, lots of pop culture references and teenage drama. It is pretty feel good at the end, regardless of what happens, so if you are looking for something that makes you laugh, think about your life and how you might raise your children, what you might do if the third grader you teach narcs on her mom and crazy/silly stuff like that, this book is for you. 3.5 stars played by third graders as they flit about the stage yelling “twinkle, twinkle” during their production of Charlotte’s Web.