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Review: Today Will Be Different

September 29, 2016

Today Will Be Different

Eleanor’s life is out of control but she knows she’s can get a handle on things.  She just needs to take things one at a time to get her life in order and she’s going to start today.  But, her son says he’s sick, her husband is taking vacation and has failed to tell her, and she runs into someone from her past who reminds her of the graphic memoir she was supposed to write.

A few years ago, I read and adored WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE so I had high hopes for Maria Semple‘s new book, TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT.  I did enjoy her latest tome but,  for me, it didn’t have the charm of BERNADETTE and I’m not sure why – maybe my expectations were too high.

Eleanor is a great character and I’m sure many people will be able to relate to her, but I found her frustrating.  I felt like she should have gotten her act together a while ago – if not for herself, it least for her son.

I did enjoy Semple’s writing and I liked the way the story was told – it even includes a few pages from Eleanor’s graphic novel in the middle of the book.  Readers learn of Eleanor’s past even as they see how lost she is in the present.  I do think TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT is worth reading but it won’t make my list of favorites for the year.

Review copy provided by Little, Brown. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    September 29, 2016 7:36 am

    I keep hearing this same sort of feedback on this book…which makes me so sad since I loved Bernadette and have been looking forward to this one! I’m not sure if I’ll read it or not.

  2. September 29, 2016 8:00 am

    It is hard to love a book when the main character is so frustrating! I haven’t read any of her books, but if I decide to, I’ll try Bernadette first.

  3. September 29, 2016 8:22 am

    I hesitated on this one and after reading your post I’m going to pass on it. I really enjoyed Bernadette and it sounds like I’ll be disappointed with this one. Oh well.

  4. bookingmama permalink
    September 29, 2016 8:39 am

    I don’t think you are alone on this one although I have heard some very good things. I enjoyed BERNADETTE enough that I’m willing to give this one a try.

  5. September 29, 2016 9:19 am

    I saw and read about Where’d You Go Bernadette so many times a couple of years ago. But I never got to it. Maybe I will try again.

  6. September 29, 2016 10:04 am

    I would read it anyway just because I loved her first one so much.

  7. September 29, 2016 10:43 am

    The main character is often key to my enjoyment of a book, and if I want to throw things at the MC…well, the book has then lost my “book love.” Thanks for sharing!

  8. September 29, 2016 12:39 pm

    I will read it someday.

  9. September 29, 2016 3:25 pm

    Kathy, I am not sure if I will read this one or not–maybe! I also loved Bernadette. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

  10. September 29, 2016 4:37 pm

    I absolutely loved Where’d You Go Bernadette! I may still read Today Will Be Different, but, not sure after reading your thoughts.

  11. Patty permalink
    September 29, 2016 4:46 pm

    This is one of those books that I started and stopped. I am not sure if I will get back to it or not!

  12. September 29, 2016 6:39 pm

    It would be tough to top Bernadette!

  13. September 29, 2016 9:14 pm

    I still haven’t read Bernadette so maybe I should start with this book.

  14. September 30, 2016 7:36 am

    Bernadette is a tough act to follow. I’ll read this eventually…

  15. September 30, 2016 3:15 pm

    Sorry you didn’t love this one. it’s tough when an author has a book that people love and then have a follow-up that they don’t love as much

  16. September 30, 2016 4:13 pm

    Sorry to hear it didn’t live up to Bernadette. I’ll be reading/listening to this one soon and I’ll keep my expectations in check.

  17. Literary Feline permalink
    October 1, 2016 10:14 pm

    I’m sorry this one wasn’t as good as Semple’s other book. I haven’t yet read Bernadette, but maybe someday.

  18. The Cue Card permalink
    October 2, 2016 5:50 pm

    Oh I’m glad you reviewed this one. I have heard others say it wasn’t as good as her first too. I did like the Bernadette book but I guess I’m not too surprised by a sophomore slump.

  19. October 3, 2016 1:41 am

    I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this book as much as Bernadette. I still haven’t read Bernadette although I have it sitting here on my desk. Soon – I hope.

  20. October 6, 2016 8:03 am

    I didn’t love Bernadette as much as other readers, so I’ll skip this once. Thanks for the honest review!

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