Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Book Review: Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

Normally a novel pitched as a day in the life of a flaky stay at home mom would be a book I'd run away from, screaming. But due to the author's reputation as hilarious, I stuck around. And the first page completely sucked me in. Eleanor actually isn't asking for much. She plans to only wear yoga pants to yoga (and to GO to yoga) and to play with her kid and to have sex with her husband and not to talk about money. She's not exactly set a high bar. And yet, day after day, she fails at nearly everything she sets out to do. I think we can all relate to that.

This book isn't hilarious like her previous one, but it's certainly humorous. Eleanor isn't exactly someone I'd want to be friends with but she's a funny hot mess to watch from afar. I loved the Seattle setting--I was there briefly this summer and went to the sculpture park that is in a chapter, and it completely rang true. But the biggest truth was the hundreds of tiny compromises that makes up our daily lives.

Eleanor used to be the lead animator on a super-popular TV series but now she doesn't work. Her son, Timby, is in grade school, and her husband is a famous hand doctor for professional athletes. Then she is called to school to pick up Timby who says he's sick (he's getting bullied) which sets off a cascade of events all over the course of a single day that bring her to some realizations and decisions.

I loved the illustration insert. It was unique and insightful. And her sister's family was hilarious (and awful.) I wasn't thrilled with how things turned out with her husband but I did appreciate that it wasn't at all clich├ęd. I hope Eleanor can have a better day tomorrow.

I bought this book at an event with the author at Watchung Booksellers.

1 comment:

Kimberly @ Turning the Pages said...

This one isn't my usual type of read but it does sound like one I would enjoy reading. One of the things I love most about book blogs is finding treasures that you may just have missed. Nice review :)

-Kimberly @ Turning the Pages