Today Will Be Different byMaria Semple
What’s it about?
This book follows a day in the life of Eleanor Flood. Today Eleanor vows to be different....
What did it make me think about?
Maria Semple always makes me smile. She is a keen observer of human nature, and her wit makes her novels stand out.
Should I read it?
I laughed my way through "There's Something About Bernadette" and was looking forward to Ms. Semple's next book. I thoroughly enjoyed this story as well. The author verges on being too clever for her own good, but always manages to finish with just the right amount of earnestness. I will have to admit that her observances are sometimes better than her plot.
"It wasn't the end of Bucky that had Eleanor living in Technicolor. It was being a sister again. There was no relief deeper than being loved by the person who'd known you the longest. Eleanor's heart giggled with mad abundance: so much to share, so much goodwill, so many notes to compare, so many ways to help and be helped. She went out into the world, everything a performance for her coconspirator, Ivy. It was Eleanor at her vibrant best."
If you liked this try-
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
Dietland by Sarai Walker
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
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3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!