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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.

Maybe it was those extra five pounds I’d gained.Maybe it was because I was about to turn the same age my mother was when I lost her.Maybe it was because af
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Hardcover, 380 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published December 12th 2008)
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Wife 22 by Melanie GideonBossypants by Tina FeyStories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob LoweMy Horizontal Life by Chelsea HandlerBookends by Jane Green
2012 - The Summer of Fluff
1st out of 23 books — 19 voters
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie KinsellaBridget Jones's Diary by Helen FieldingSomething Borrowed by Emily GiffinPride and Prejudice by Jane AustenSomething Blue by Emily Giffin
Best chicklit
207th out of 683 books — 1,014 voters


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Debbie
Oct 06, 2015 Debbie rated it really liked it
Shelves: debuts
This book had me at the first paragraph, an authentic-looking Google search page on eyelid drooping, with humorous result entries. I’m sure this will send some serious literature people running, but I was glued to the page. Droopy eyelid is a worthy topic in my eyes, though no, this isn’t what the book—or this review—is about (lol, you can just guess I have a lot to say about droopy eyelids).

Alice is 45 and bored with her marriage. She has a couple of teenagers, who are interesting and well-draw
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Lisa Beaulieu
Aug 23, 2012 Lisa Beaulieu rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People who don't mind putting down a book to bang their head against a table from time to time.
So cute! So clever! So nauseating!

She spends too much time online. Can she reconnect with her husband? Can she recover her creative spark and become the playwright she once wanted to be? What about her children? Is her son gay - not that there's anything wrong with that! - her best friend is a hip lesbian. Is her daughter bulimic, or is it something much more ridiculous and twee? Oh the handwringing! And look, here comes another man ... who likes pina coladas. But does he like getting caught in
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"

The title conjures images of polygamy, but this is very much a novel of modern monogamy. Along with traditional narration, the story unfolds in a series of Facebook and Twitter updates, text messages, e-mails, Google searches, and even playwriting scenes. This can be disorienting at times, but it effectively mimics the minute-by-minute, need-to-know lifestyle of the typical plugged-in American. For an atypical, mostly unplugged American like me, this was quite a revelation.

Alice Buckle is a war
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Christelle
Jun 20, 2012 Christelle rated it really liked it
CUTE. So cute.

I was looking for a light non-teen perfect-for-summer read and I decided to pick up Wife 22. I hadn't heard anything about it. UNFORTUNATE. I don't know how this book hasn't gotten more buzz. It's just the perfect choice for Chick Lit lovers.

One thing that surprised me about this light and sweet read is that it had a lot of depth. Do not confuse it for a mindless read. The characters were complex and each one was dealing with real, difficult, life-changing choices and handling the
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Andrea
Jun 28, 2012 Andrea rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
A novel about Alice Buckle, a failed playwright now teaching drama to 3rd graders, whose looming 45th birthday, anniversary of her mother's death, and 20th wedding anniversary throw her into a midlife crisis, so she takes part in a marriage survey and ends up having an emotional, online affair with the researcher. Since the affair takes place via email and Facebook, much of the book is also written in the style of emails, Facebook posts, chats, texts, tweets, and Google searches—which was gimmic ...more
M
Jun 28, 2012 M rated it did not like it
3.8???? Really Goodreads?? REALLY?

Maybe it's all about from whence you approached this book. Maybe you've been reading a lot of (even) dumber chick lit books and you now think you have in your hand our answer to Bridget Jones (you do not) whereas I was hoping for something actually clever and found myself with a work that was more along the lines of the colossally disappointing Weird Sisters - which is to say, yet another pretentious book endeavoring to be more than what it is and falling so ter
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Jen
Apr 12, 2015 Jen rated it liked it
This was a quirky, fun, but a little far fetched, read. Entertaining for the most part and I did laugh out loud quite a few times. Alice Buckle has been married for 20 years and is feeling lonely when she decides to participate in an online marriage survey. She takes on the pseudonym 'Wife22' as she completes the survey over the course of several weeks. She answers her questions upon reflection of her life with her husband and begins to engage in an online conversation with 'Researcher 101', who ...more
☮Karen
Nov 10, 2015 ☮Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, read-in-2015
Liane Moriarty meets Sophie Kinsella in Oakland, CA, and the result is this book. I would have liked it to be more Moriarty-like and less Kinsella-ish, although the elements of both were definitely there. Alice (the name is just one thing that reminded me of Moriarty) is a modern wife with her Facebook addiction leading her to take part in an anonymous survey about her marriage, which she thinks needs a boost. She is code named Wife 22; the guy she sends her answers to and chats with is Research ...more
Melissa Rochelle
May 04, 2012 Melissa Rochelle rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for good chick lit. Or women's fiction. Or domestic fiction. Whatever it's called these days.

This is the story of Alice Buckle. Alice signs up for a study about marriage in the 21st century and realizes she isn't as happy as she thought. Alice isn't perfect, her husband and kids aren't either, but this book is pretty close. The ending is fantastic with a bit of a twist I didn't expect. A great read for a summer day.
Ann
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Carolina Morales
I wish there was -2 stars to rate this novel, because it is so well written and at the same time has a heroin who drives any sensible person mad. Basically, the plot describes the middle age crisis of teacher/housewife/mom Alice, struggling to live with her almost 20 years together husband and two kids, of 12 and 15. It also troubles Alice the fact she is becoming of the same age her mom died, 45.

It is easy to get fond of Alice, as she is easy to relate, funny, messy and human. But no, don't do
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Gerri Leen
Nov 15, 2012 Gerri Leen rated it did not like it
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Sandy
Jan 11, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. Thank goodness for a sick day!! I am Alice Buckle...minus the friends. :) I was hooked from the beginning. I related to Alice and needed to see where the journey took her, her husband and her family. Do they make it? Do they succumb and become another statistic? Do they beat the odds which in todays society are all too often stacked against us, or so it seems. Maybe it just speaks to those of us in the middle-aged doldrums of parenting and marriage but ...more
Anita Kelley Harris
This novel is about a women caught in mid-life and marriage boredom, who starts filling out an online marriage survey. First of all, I would advise anyone who has a Kindle/eBook reader NOT to buy this book because it doesn't show you the survey questions as the book goes along-- only her answers to the questions, most of which are entirely useless without context. If you have a hard copy of the book you can bookmark the survey and flip back to it each time she answers a question (but even that i ...more
Laura
Aug 24, 2012 Laura rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult-fiction
I was really enjoying this book, but about three-quarters in I started to worry that the author would use the most predictable plot twist in the world. Then, BAM! the most predictable plot twist in the world turned a solid 4-star book into a 1-star "I had to force myself to finish it" book. So disappointing. I wish the author had been brave enough to not go there.
Suzie Quint
Feb 21, 2015 Suzie Quint rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Suzie by: Hobart
Shelves: romance, favorites
Wife 22 has an interesting format. It's mostly told the same way other books are, but it's also told in email and facebook posts. I normally wouldn't be a fan of the FB posts, but Gideon pulls it off beautifully.

Alice has been married 20 years and her marriage has a case of the doldrums. On a lark, she signs up to participate in an anonymous online study about marriage. The problems really start when an attraction develops between Alice and the researcher assigned to her.

About halfway through I
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Luanne Ollivier
May 28, 2012 Luanne Ollivier rated it it was amazing
Oh, I absolutely adored Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon! It's clever, warm, witty, charming, funny, quirky, thoughtful, entertaining - did I say clever? And just - well - just a really good read!

Alice Buckle has been happily married for over twenty years, but lately finds herself wondering about many things - her children, her health, her job and more, but most notably her relationship with her husband. They seem to be drifting apart. Or is it just settling into mid life together?

"I know roommate is a
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Connie
Jan 01, 2013 Connie rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club-reads
What a fun book. I was a bit surprised at how delightful it was. It hit home as to what a techno society we have become, that we don't always communicate too well face to face anymore. Anyone who has been in a long term relationship can relate to the "boring, day to day" that is so easy to get lost in....and that we often lose ourselves along the way as well.I loved the use of facebook and twitter throughout the book. The ending was a nice surprise....and sometimes we just need reminders as to w ...more
Alissa Patrick
Jul 10, 2015 Alissa Patrick rated it liked it
It's kind of like "The Pina Colada" song was written down and turned into a novel. Very sappy, very cheesy, but very cute. A nice light read.
Amanda
Jun 11, 2012 Amanda rated it it was ok
After reading all the other reviews here on goodreads which are predominantly glowing I realize my opinion of this book is in the minority.
I thought it was just okay and that's me being generous. I have a hard time liking a book when didn't like any of the characters at all, especially the main character Alice. She is a woman whose marriage is experiencing kind of a stale patch as it nears it's 20th anniversary. She responds to an invitation to participate in a large scale, indepth marriage sur
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Sue Grimshaw
Dec 29, 2011 Sue Grimshaw rated it it was amazing
Ladies -- looking for a witty, cleverly written women's fiction story that will have you laughing, making you think about your life and enjoying the savvy publishing incorporating Facebook feeds? This is it -- seriously, innovative in style; awesome in story (funny & real); and although an HEA, it has a round about way of getting there with emotion, humor and a dose of reality. Enjoy!!

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Maybe it was my droopy eyelids. Maybe it was because I was about to turn the same age my mother was whe
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Michael
Jul 09, 2012 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
One of the side-effects of reading reviews on-line is that it allows you to quickly and impulsively add things to your library reserve list that you normally wouldn't. That's what happened with Melanie Gideon's debut novel Wife 22, a novel that's best described as "chick lit." And while the novel just check off many of the boxes that make for "chick lit," I still don't feel much guilt for having spent the time reading and (gasp!) enjoying it!

Well, at least the first three quarters of the novel.
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Catherine
Jul 21, 2012 Catherine rated it liked it
Alice Buckle is in turmoil as her 45th birthday approaches. Her own mother died at age 45, Alice’s relationship to her husband, William, has become distant, she worries that her daughter has an eating disorder and suspects that her son is gay and in denial. When she receives an email asking her to participate in a marriage survey, she does so without telling anyone (becoming “Wife 22”). Complications arise as she pursues an increasingly personal email correspondence with “Researcher 101.”

What I
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Judy
Apr 28, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any friend who doesn't mind a little chick lit here and there
Recommended to Judy by: Jeanette "Astute Crabbist"
No, Wife 22: A Novel isn't the 22nd wife in a polygamous marriage. (Thanks goodness.) Think chick lit with a creative twist complete with chapters composed entirely of tweets, Facebook entries and Google searches. Its light reading, but with a point. There's a lot one can take away from this book, whether it be re-thinking our relationships, hazards of the internet, re-assessment of how much social media dictates one's actions or determining what one wants from life. Its the kind of book that wo ...more
Susan
Jan 22, 2014 Susan rated it liked it
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Andrea Mullarkey
Jul 23, 2012 Andrea Mullarkey rated it liked it
A few weeks ago I was talking with a friend about the newish genre of “women’s fiction.” What exactly is it? How do you define it? I’m not a reader of this genre for the most part so this was a mostly intellectual discussion. But this weekend I read Wife 22 and I am confident now that even if I don’t really understand it, I will know women’s fiction when I see it. Why? Because I can measure a book up against this one and see how many points match. Female narrator? Check. Focus on family issues? ...more
Lucy
Oct 12, 2012 Lucy rated it liked it
Definitely one of the funnier books I've read in a long while. But while I enjoyed the humor and the wake-up call the author sounds to take care of your marriage, especially if it has become stagnant with middle-age responsibilities, I didn't really believe this story.

Life is strumming along for Alice and William and their two children, Zoe, fifteen and Peter, twelve. Except they all seem so unfriendly, unhelpful and bored. After a particularly lackluster night out with her husband, Alice decid
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Elb4966
Jun 24, 2012 Elb4966 rated it did not like it
I did not finish the book. The majority of the book consists of answer to questions without the questions being given. Case in point

1. About an inch

2. smile

3. half full

You have no idea what I was talking about from those answers. Imagine a book like that with 1/10 of the questions appearing 2-3 chapters later. It creates a dichotomy Where you understand 1/3 of the book (regular chapters), you misunderstand another 1/3 (answers without questions) and the last third is boring (email between two fl
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Nicholas
Aug 13, 2012 Nicholas rated it really liked it
Alice Buckle is a character worth reading. Being male, and reading this book makes me want to romanticize my wife all over again. I was intrigued at the writing style and the realism this book held.

Being an avid reader of the paranormal, this was an excellent break from school reading assignments and from my normal genre of choice. Wife 22 is funny, witty, and very clever. Never have I read a book where I had already figured out the ending but couldn't wait to get to it.

If you are looking for s
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Elizabeth Crawford
Jun 09, 2012 Elizabeth Crawford rated it did not like it
I thought I would really like this book but I actually couldn't even finish it because it was so boring. It seemed like the author was trying too hard to be funny and it just didn't work. The main character just got on my nerves and the other characters were very underdeveloped. In the story Alice, a middle-aged part time drama teacher is participating in an anonymous marriage study. She gets sent many survey questions throughout the book. She lists her answers to the questions but we don't even ...more
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Melanie Gideon is the author of the memoir The Slippery Year: A Meditation on Happily Ever After, an NPR and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2009, and a New York Times bestseller, as well as three young adult novels. Her latest novel, Wife 22, will be translated into 26 languages and is currently in development with Working Title Films. She has written for the New York Times, the San Francisc ...more
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