Review: 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.