Release Date: May 29, 2012
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Dates Read: June 22 - July 3, 2012
How Acquired: Won from Goodreads
Description: 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 youshouldn’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 aphrodisiac. (Taken from Goodreads.com)
My Review: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a fun and fantastic chick lit read. I thought it was upbeat and had a great ending. Alice and her husband, William, are drifting apart and she decides to sign up for a marriage study online. She spends time answering questions regarding her life and her marriage and ultimately gets to know her assigned caseworker. The two begin chatting online (as opposed to just emailing questions and answers back and forth) and really hit it off. Watching Alice go through her mini-mid-life crisis and seeing her family moving around her was really interesting. I think this was a really fun read and definitely recommend it. While it was a light and fun read, it wasn't mindless. You had to pay attention to the story and I'll admit I even went back and reread parts just to make sure I knew what was going on. But it was good chick lit and I enjoyed it.
My Rating: I really liked it
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