My latest read is Maria Semple’s Today Will Be Different. I had seen this book discussed on a few different blogs and when I saw two of my favorite moms, Shea of Shea Lennon and Cara of Hanging of the Edge had read it, I moved it up my list immediately and was thrilled when my library had a copy available.
The synopsis alone had my interest piqued immediately. The main character, Eleanor, is basically a hot mess, but wakes up one morning and declares that this day will be different. She will workout, she will be kinder to her son Timby, she will initiate romantic time with her husband, she will be a better version of herself. As moms, I think we can all relate to that moment when you say, yesterday was a mess, but today I’m going to do better. Today will be different.
Of course, nothing goes to plan for Eleanor on this day, her husband has gone missing, her son fakes sickness to get out of going to school and her past keeps coming back to haunt her in a few different ways. She has to deal with all of this kind of head on within the span of a few hours, but of course in the end she does. It might sound heavy, but it actually is written in a humorous way.
Overall I will be honest, I didn’t love this book as much as I wanted to. I was warned ahead of time that Eleanor can be over the top a bit, and she definitely is. I read a review on Goodreads that kind of summed it up for me a bit too, the first half is great, it’s quirky and fun and then about halfway through it is all too much. The second half drug a bit more for me and I kind of had to force myself to finish it. But, I’m still glad I read it. I have just discovered that this is Maria Semble’s second novel. The first one is called Where’d You Go, Bernadette and I may give that one a spin as it appears to have more favorable reviews and even though I didn’t 100% love Today Will Be Different, I do find Maria Semble’s writing to be interesting and well done. I also see that there will be a miniseries on HBO starring Julia Roberts. It will be interesting to see how this book might translate on the small screen.
Even if this wasn’t my favorite book ever, I still appreciate the underlying theme no matter what. I really do empathize with the idea of wanting each day to be a new day and to try and do better than yesterday. We’re human after all, we can always improve.