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Sunday Book Club: Today Will Be Different

IMG_1467 So this book is perfect for this week.  I’ve been trying to think about what I want to say tonight, besides reviewing the book, and here’s what I came up with: stomach flu.  We’ve had the stomach flu in our house this week.  It’s always super fun, hearing that “Moooooommmmm? I just threw up.”  This is the standard response to throwing up, even when the “child” is fifteen.  My first response is always a panicked, “Did you make it in the toilet?” (Always a primary concern, even if said child is fifteen.)  Second response is always, “Well, there’s nothing I can do. Just rest and take some fluids.”  This is always extremely disappointing to my children, because they need medicine.  Always medicine.  For the tiniest little issues.  Finger hurts? Medicine.  Eye hurts? Medicine.  Feelings hurt? Medicine.  And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel the same way.

I got the stomach flu as well, and it took me THREE FULL DAYS to get over it.  That’s ridiculous.  AND I didn’t lose any weight.  Another bit of ridiculousness.  I’ve been struggling in the losing weight department.  I’ve seen a wellness doctor who’s put me on a regimen of supplements, one of which is testosterone.  Apparently I have no detectable levels of testosterone in my system, which accounts for my body holding on to weight.  Getting old is so fun!!

Anyway, on to this week’s book: Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple.  I enjoyed this lighthearted book (especially considering some of the heavy reading I’ve been doing lately), which seems to be relatable to lots of moms in general..  I’m not quite as hot a mess as Eleanor, but believe me, I’ve been there.  The plot was a little too crazy (who picks up someone else’s keys on purpose?  Really?), and at times, hard to follow.  Simplifying it would have made it much easier to read, and taking away the “wackiness” (it seemed like a lot of the comedy was just too over-the-top to be real life) would have made the true theme of the story–changes and how changes effect love–stand out more.

The love story between Eleanor and her husband and her willingness to change her life for him, and the continual need for change as people evolve, is sweet and charming, and the love story between Eleanor and her sister is heart-breaking. The rest is kind of messy, although at times very funny.

Next week’s book: This is How it Always is by Laurie Frankel

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