Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon
For fans of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary and Allison Pearson’s I Don’t Know How She Does It comes an irresistible novel of a woman losing herself . . . and finding herself again . . . in the middle of her life.
Alice is a married mother of two, who is a little bored. On a whim, she responds to an email she finds in her spam folder, looking for participants for an anonymous marriage study. She is accepted, assigned a researcher, and soon becomes Wife 22 for the study.
Answering the questions, Alice describes her relationship with her husband, friends, and children. Remembering the good times as well as the bad, Alice finds herself drawn to her assigned researcher. You know what they say about confession being good for the soul....
Found myself liking really liking Alice, despite having little in common with her. She's a little on the dramatic side (immediately assumes her daughter has an eating disorder after finding junk food in her closet) and is a little quirky, but is a caring woman with good friends.
Gave this one a 4/5 as I enjoyed getting to know Alice and her family and friends. Yes, they were a little outlandish, but Alice is a drama teacher who used to be a playwright, so her friends probably would be a little more colorful than the norm. Gideon is a talented writer, and really made me care about Alice.
Liked that the results of Alice's random searches on Google and her answers to the survey were interspersed throughout the story. Thanks to my habit of checking the last page, I discovered that the survey questions are all listed at the end of the book. Up to you if you want to check them as you go, but I think it made more sense to know the questions Alice was answering.
Going to end with my favorite quote from the book:
And when did the real world become so empty? When everybody abandoned it for the Internet?
ARC received from the publisher, via Shelf Awareness.