Wife 22

Wife From For fans of Helen Fielding s Bridget Jones s Diary and Allison Pearson s I Don t Know How She Does It comes an irresistible novel of a woman losing herself and finding herself again in the middle

  • Title: Wife 22
  • Author: Melanie Gideon
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • From For fans of Helen Fielding s Bridget Jones s Diary and Allison Pearson s I Don t Know How She Does It comes an irresistible novel of a woman losing herself and finding herself again in the middle of her life.Maybe it was those extra five pounds I d gained Maybe it was because I was about to turn the same age my mother was when I lost her MaybeFrom For fans of Helen Fielding s Bridget Jones s Diary and Allison Pearson s I Don t Know How She Does It comes an irresistible novel of a woman losing herself and finding herself again in the middle of her life.Maybe it was those extra five pounds I d gained Maybe it was because I was about to turn the same age my mother was when I lost her Maybe it was because after almost twenty years of marriage my husband and I seemed to be running out of things to say to each other.But when the anonymous online study called Marriage in the 21st Century showed up in my inbox, I had no idea how profoundly it would change my life It wasn t long before I was assigned both a pseudonym Wife 22 and a caseworker Researcher 101 And, just like that, I found myself answering questions.7 Sometimes I tell him he s snoring when he s not snoring so he ll sleep in the guest room and I can have the bed all to myself.61 Chet Baker on the tape player He was cutting peppers for the salad I looked at those hands and thought, I am going to have this man s children.67 To not want what you don t have What you can t have What you shouldn t have.32 That if we weren t careful, it was possible to forget one another.Before the study, my life was an endless blur of school lunches and doctor s appointments, family dinners, budgets, and trying to discern the fastest moving line at the grocery store I was Alice Buckle spouse of William and mother to Zoe and Peter, drama teacher and Facebook chatter, downloader of memories and Googler of solutions.But these days, I m also Wife 22 And somehow, my anonymous correspondence with Researcher 101 has taken an unexpectedly personal turn Soon, I ll have to make a decision one that will affect my family, my marriage, my whole life But at the moment, I m too busy answering questions As it turns out, confession can be a very powerful aphrodisiacNUS This edition includes a Wife 22 discussion guide.

    429 Comment

    • Elyse says:

      I'm a big fan of "Valley of the Moon", a favorite book from last year by Melanie GideonSo, I was happy to see "Wife 22", an earlier book by Melanie Gideon as a $1.99 Kindle special. Alice is "Wife 22" an anonymous participant in an online survey about marriage. She's been married twenty years - has two kids - and is monogamous fitting the requirements to be part of the study. Alice worries. About her marriage, ( does she and William even talk about anything interesting and intimate together anym [...]

    • Debbie says:

      This book had me at the first paragraph, an authentic-looking Google search page on eyelid drooping, with humorous result entries. I’m sure this will send some serious literature people running, but I was glued to the page. Droopy eyelid is a worthy topic in my eyes, though no, this isn’t what the book—or this review—is about (lol, you can just guess I have a lot to say about droopy eyelids).Alice is 45 and bored with her marriage. She has a couple of teenagers, who are interesting and w [...]

    • Mandy says:

      Have you ever picked up a book you've had for a few years, read it and then think, "why didn't I read this the first day I got it?" Summed up, that is this book for me, at least in my opinion.This book was witty, sarcastic, comical, and downright real to life. These characters were true to form people that reminded me of a lot of people that I know. This is an easy to read novel that makes you want to see how things pan out for all involved. Alice, a mid-40s woman is going through a type of brea [...]

    • Lisa Beaulieu says:

      So cute! So clever! So nauseating!She spends too much time online. Can she reconnect with her husband? Can she recover her creative spark and become the playwright she once wanted to be? What about her children? Is her son gay - not that there's anything wrong with that! - her best friend is a hip lesbian. Is her daughter bulimic, or is it something much more ridiculous and twee? Oh the handwringing! And look, here comes another man who likes pina coladas. But does he like getting caught in the [...]

    • Christelle says:

      CUTE. So cute.I was looking for a light non-teen perfect-for-summer read and I decided to pick up Wife 22. I hadn't heard anything about it. UNFORTUNATE. I don't know how this book hasn't gotten more buzz. It's just the perfect choice for Chick Lit lovers. One thing that surprised me about this light and sweet read is that it had a lot of depth. Do not confuse it for a mindless read. The characters were complex and each one was dealing with real, difficult, life-changing choices and handling the [...]

    • Jeanette"Astute Crabbist" says:

      The title conjures images of polygamy, but this is very much a novel of modern monogamy. Along with traditional narration, the story unfolds in a series of Facebook and Twitter updates, text messages, e-mails, Google searches, and even playwriting scenes. This can be disorienting at times, but it effectively mimics the minute-by-minute, need-to-know lifestyle of the typical plugged-in American. For an atypical, mostly unplugged American like me, this was quite a revelation. Alice Buckle is a war [...]

    • M says:

      3.8???? Really ?? REALLY?Maybe it's all about from whence you approached this book. Maybe you've been reading a lot of (even) dumber chick lit books and you now think you have in your hand our answer to Bridget Jones (you do not) whereas I was hoping for something actually clever and found myself with a work that was more along the lines of the colossally disappointing Weird Sisters - which is to say, yet another pretentious book endeavoring to be more than what it is and falling so terribly sho [...]

    • Andrea says:

      A novel about Alice Buckle, a failed playwright now teaching drama to 3rd graders, whose looming 45th birthday, anniversary of her mother's death, and 20th wedding anniversary throw her into a midlife crisis, so she takes part in a marriage survey and ends up having an emotional, online affair with the researcher. Since the affair takes place via email and Facebook, much of the book is also written in the style of emails, Facebook posts, chats, texts, tweets, and Google searches—which was gimm [...]

    • Jen says:

      This was a quirky, fun, but a little far fetched, read. Entertaining for the most part and I did laugh out loud quite a few times. Alice Buckle has been married for 20 years and is feeling lonely when she decides to participate in an online marriage survey. She takes on the pseudonym 'Wife22' as she completes the survey over the course of several weeks. She answers her questions upon reflection of her life with her husband and begins to engage in an online conversation with 'Researcher 101', who [...]

    • ☮Karen says:

      Liane  Moriarty  meets Sophie Kinsella in Oakland, CA, and the result is this book.  I would have liked it to be more Moriarty-like and less Kinsella-ish, although the elements of both were definitely there.   Alice  (the name is just one thing that reminded me of Moriarty) is a modern wife with her Facebook addiction leading her to take part in an anonymous  survey about her  marriage, which she thinks needs a boost.  She is code named Wife 22; the guy she sends her answers to and chat [...]

    • Melissa Rochelle says:

      I'm a sucker for good chick lit. Or women's fiction. Or domestic fiction. Whatever it's called these days.This is the story of Alice Buckle. Alice signs up for a study about marriage in the 21st century and realizes she isn't as happy as she thought. Alice isn't perfect, her husband and kids aren't either, but this book is pretty close. The ending is fantastic with a bit of a twist I didn't expect. A great read for a summer day.

    • Ann says:

      ***SPOILERS***Sometimes you read a book and wonder if it was calculated to annoy you. How did the author of Wife 22 know all the tricks to make me roll my eyes, shout "oh, come on!", and eventually toss the book away from me in disgust? I guess I should give her mad props for knowing me so well, but instead I'm just going to complain about her trite, cliched, and ultimately offensive novel.It's a bad sign when a writer includes Facebook statuses, message boards, and text messages in her book. I [...]

    • Gerri Leen says:

      Read the book before you read this because I'm going to spoil things. First off, let me say that it pains me to give this one star. Because the book, other than the bigggg problem I have with it, deserves five stars. It's fun, fast-paced, with fun characters who are well fleshed out (with one glaring exception), snappy dialogue, creative use of multiple types of media (social media, survey answers, chat, traditional prose, scene outlining), all in all a joy to read. Except for the ending.Now, no [...]

    • Carolina Morales says:

      I wish there was -2 stars to rate this novel, because it is so well written and at the same time has a heroin who drives any sensible person mad. Basically, the plot describes the middle age crisis of teacher/housewife/mom Alice, struggling to live with her almost 20 years together husband and two kids, of 12 and 15. It also troubles Alice the fact she is becoming of the same age her mom died, 45.It is easy to get fond of Alice, as she is easy to relate, funny, messy and human. But no, don't do [...]

    • Sandy says:

      I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. Thank goodness for a sick day!! I am Alice Buckleminus the friends. :) I was hooked from the beginning. I related to Alice and needed to see where the journey took her, her husband and her family. Do they make it? Do they succumb and become another statistic? Do they beat the odds which in todays society are all too often stacked against us, or so it seems. Maybe it just speaks to those of us in the middle-aged doldrums of parenting and marriage but I'd [...]

    • Laura says:

      I was really enjoying this book, but about three-quarters in I started to worry that the author would use the most predictable plot twist in the world. Then, BAM! the most predictable plot twist in the world turned a solid 4-star book into a 1-star "I had to force myself to finish it" book. So disappointing. I wish the author had been brave enough to not go there.

    • Andrea says:

      Rounding up to 4 Stars This started off with a bang, with the completely relatable, self-deprecating humor of marching toward middle age. I adored the main character, untilWhy must people make such crappy, predictably bad decisions? First I'm shaking my head, then I'm chanting, "No, No, No," and finally I'm just loudly sighing with exasperation. And yet.I still really liked this book. It's fun & clever & I was happy to go along for the ride.

    • Anita Kelley Harris says:

      This novel is about a women caught in mid-life and marriage boredom, who starts filling out an online marriage survey. First of all, I would advise anyone who has a Kindle/eBook reader NOT to buy this book because it doesn't show you the survey questions as the book goes along-- only her answers to the questions, most of which are entirely useless without context. If you have a hard copy of the book you can bookmark the survey and flip back to it each time she answers a question (but even that i [...]

    • Suzie Quint says:

      Wife 22 has an interesting format. It's mostly told the same way other books are, but it's also told in email and facebook posts. I normally wouldn't be a fan of the FB posts, but Gideon pulls it off beautifully.Alice has been married 20 years and her marriage has a case of the doldrums. On a lark, she signs up to participate in an anonymous online study about marriage. The problems really start when an attraction develops between Alice and the researcher assigned to her.About halfway through I [...]

    • Luanne Ollivier says:

      Oh, I absolutely adored Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon! It's clever, warm, witty, charming, funny, quirky, thoughtful, entertaining - did I say clever? And just - well - just a really good read!Alice Buckle has been happily married for over twenty years, but lately finds herself wondering about many things - her children, her health, her job and more, but most notably her relationship with her husband. They seem to be drifting apart. Or is it just settling into mid life together?"I know roommate is a [...]

    • Judy says:

      No, Wife 22: A Novel isn't the 22nd wife in a polygamous marriage. (Thanks goodness.) Think chick lit with a creative twist complete with chapters composed entirely of tweets, Facebook entries and Google searches. Its light reading, but with a point. There's a lot one can take away from this book, whether it be re-thinking our relationships, hazards of the internet, re-assessment of how much social media dictates one's actions or determining what one wants from life. Its the kind of book that wo [...]

    • Connie says:

      What a fun book. I was a bit surprised at how delightful it was. It hit home as to what a techno society we have become, that we don't always communicate too well face to face anymore. Anyone who has been in a long term relationship can relate to the "boring, day to day" that is so easy to get lost ind that we often lose ourselves along the way as well.I loved the use of facebook and twitter throughout the book. The ending was a nice surprised sometimes we just need reminders as to why we chose [...]

    • Sue Grimshaw says:

      Ladies -- looking for a witty, cleverly written women's fiction story that will have you laughing, making you think about your life and enjoying the savvy publishing incorporating Facebook feeds? This is it -- seriously, innovative in style; awesome in story (funny & real); and although an HEA, it has a round about way of getting there with emotion, humor and a dose of reality. Enjoy!!COPY:Maybe it was my droopy eyelids. Maybe it was because I was about to turn the same age my mother was whe [...]

    • Nicholas says:

      Alice Buckle is a character worth reading. Being male, and reading this book makes me want to romanticize my wife all over again. I was intrigued at the writing style and the realism this book held.Being an avid reader of the paranormal, this was an excellent break from school reading assignments and from my normal genre of choice. Wife 22 is funny, witty, and very clever. Never have I read a book where I had already figured out the ending but couldn't wait to get to it. If you are looking for s [...]

    • Anita says:

      This book is simply irresistible. It uses a unique premise - a wife conducting an anonymous online marriage survey - to explore marriage, love, parenting, friendship and happiness. But it is mainly about its characters: a warm, funny, endearing cast you won't want to leave. I couldn't put the book down.

    • Allison says:

      I adored this book - I thought it was a really clever, modern exploration of 21st century marriage. One of my favorites in recent memory.

    • Alissa Patrick says:

      It's kind of like "The Pina Colada" song was written down and turned into a novel. Very sappy, very cheesy, but very cute. A nice light read.

    • Inga says:

      My review:I truly enjoyed Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon. It was witty, well-written, and quirky and the structure of the book was unconventional. I read it in one sitting and it kept me interested from the first page until the last page. Wife 22 was about marriage, trust, betrayal and midlife. It is not very often that the protagonists of the books are in their mid-forties and therefore it was refreshing reading.Regarding the plot:Alice Buckle, who is 44 years old woman, mother and wife, decides to [...]

    • Christi says:

      I liked the format and the idea of using social media throughout but the farther I got into this story, the less I liked the protagonist. She is very self-centered and it's hard to have any sympathy for her situation. The story is predictable and I had hoped I was wrong about my guess at the ending but unfortunately, I wasn't. However, the writing is entertaining and others may find the protagonist more relatable then I did.

    • Michael says:

      One of the side-effects of reading reviews on-line is that it allows you to quickly and impulsively add things to your library reserve list that you normally wouldn't. That's what happened with Melanie Gideon's debut novel Wife 22, a novel that's best described as "chick lit." And while the novel just check off many of the boxes that make for "chick lit," I still don't feel much guilt for having spent the time reading and (gasp!) enjoying it!Well, at least the first three quarters of the novel. [...]

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