rating: 1// i didn't like it 2// it was okay 3// i liked it
4//i really liked it 5// it was amazing 6// i loved it
"Smell the soup, cool the soup."
-Timby pg 48
Eleanor knows she's a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won't swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action-life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother's company. It's also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office-but not Eleanor-that he's on vacation. Just when it seems like things can't go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret.
what in the....i don't even know.
man! i loved Bernadette so maybe i was sorta expecting to be on the same boat with this book. i mean, not too similar but at least in a boat near by. (i dont even know what that means. sorry!)
i don't know. considering i flagged the crap out of it, it was VERY hard for me to connect with this book.
since it came out, I've been picking it up then putting it down waiting for it to finally call me to read it.
(i'm a believer that books call you when they're ready to be a part of your world. yes. i know i am weird.)
then i finally picked it up and right on the first page i was like wtf am i reading?
i had to re-read it several times just to even understand what i was reading.
it's not a bad book. Just like Bernadette, you have a "crazy" mom just trying to discover herself.
she gets herself in some shit, tries to get out of it or fix it or whatever...and along the way she says/does some funny stuff.
i just couldn't get into it.
it wasn't my thing.
by page 112 i wanted out so bad! but since i own the book i figured i should at least finish it cause, library book, fine, return it. who cares, i didn't pay. but when you own it, it hurts a little more to just end it without knowing. (at least it does for me.)
i gotta say, as much as i didn't care for it, i was glad i finished it cause i was able to find out (on pg 230 in case you want to cheat) why she was freaking out about her husband.
i didn't like that it went from her perspective to you reading about her and her family from a narrator's point of view. half of the time it took me several minutes to figure out whose voice i was reading it in.
(cant say its my fault when the book didn't keep me engaged!!!!)
it starts off with her, jumps to her sister, then to her having a breakdown, then you think ********* and then it turns out, that no. shes just crazy. (not literally, just, idk wtf to say.)
i think for me the saving grace of the book was Timby. that little kid was funny.
but also wtf kinda name is Timby?
uhm, overall, i mean, it definitely had its funny moments but i would have been okay skipping this one.
I'll leave you with some of my fave parts and then ill spoil it so fast for you, you'll be like all like "oh. that's it?" and ill be over here like yep.
"Was the sight of us so terrifying that the entire next generation of college-educated women declared "Anything but that!" and forsook careers altogether to pop out children in their twenties? Looking at the Galer Street moms, the answer would be: Apparently.
I hope it works out for them."
-Eleanor pg 30
(pg 36 explains Timby's name. i thought it was funny!)
"My friend Merrill told me that on the first date, a guy without realizing it will tell you why the relationship will ultimately fail."
-Eleanor pg 49
overall, i wish i would've been into it more and liked it more than i did because it did have some good parts and it was a good book it just wasnt my taste.
thanks for reading