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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  7,964 ratings  ·  1,822 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published 2011)
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Wife 22 by Melanie GideonBossypants by Tina FeyOne for the Money by Janet EvanovichMy Horizontal Life by Chelsea HandlerBookends by Jane Green
2012 - The Summer of Fluff
1st out of 24 books — 19 voters
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Jeanette

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...more
Christelle
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...more
Lisa Beaulieu
Aug 23, 2012 Lisa Beaulieu rated it 1 of 5 stars
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...more
Andrea
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
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...more
Melissa Rochelle
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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Carrie
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...more
Sandy
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
Gerri Leen
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Luanne Ollivier
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...more
Susan
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Amanda
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...more
Sue Grimshaw
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...more
Michael
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....more
Judy
Apr 28, 2012 Judy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any friend who doesn't mind a little chick lit here and there
Recommended to Judy by: Jeanette
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
Andrea Mullarkey
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
Nicholas
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...more
Laura
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
Jan 05, 2013 Suzie Quint rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Suzie by: Hobart
Shelves: romance
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...more
Alyssa
I don't know what I was expecting when I started this novel (perhaps light chick lit?), but what I got was a story that resonated with me. As I and my husband enter our 16th year together (nearly 10 of which we've been married), I felt I could really identify with some of the feelings Alice, the protagonist, was experiencing after 20 years with her husband.

The book is about a woman, firmly ensconced in her life as a wife and mother, who will soon be left solely with the relationship she has with...more
Sue Girga
I must love my oldest daughter a lot! The author was recently at a friend's community, speaking, but my daughter arrived that day and I couldn't go...that I am not really bitter about this is the testament to my love for her. My friend lent me the book since I missed the event, and I stayed up til the wee hours to finish it! We have ups and downs in long marriages, and I often say it's riding out the downs that makes a success. If you're newly married, this might help prevent some things. If you...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I won this book from Goodreads First Reads giveaways in return for an honest review.

Wife 22 is about Alice, a housewife, who once dreamed of much more, but found happiness in William, her dashing boss who became her husband. But life has gotten in the way, and now she finds herself in a midlife crisis where she is unhappy and unfulfilled in both career and marriage. She gets an email that requests her responses to a marriage survey and pairs her up with a researcher. Little does she know that sh...more
Eva Leger
So, I got this in the mail last week (thanks Random House!) and pushed it to the front of the long, long, loooong line because I adore the cover and the description got me.
At first I thought the FaceBook posts would annoy me. I don't recall enjoying any novels that incorporate that type of thing into the story. But then again, I've never read a novel that did it in just this way. I'm still somewhat shocked at the way Gideon did this. It's nothing less than masterful.
The main character, Alice, or...more
Patty
Wife 22
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Melanie Gideon

My" in a nutshell" summary...

A less than perfect marriage, a sort of unfulfilled wife and an anonymous survey...the story of a family and a marriage...Alice...drama teacher/ playwright and William...ad executive/chef. This book is about what happens to them when life gets a bit rocky!

My thoughts after reading this book...

Reading Wife 22 was quite a pleasant experience. Alice and William Buckle find themselves just a bit lost within their marriage. Job issues, kid issues, r...more
Helen
While reading Wife 22 I engaged in simultaneous duty-shirking and exaggerated eye-rolling. I certainly had better things to do, yet I couldn’t put the silly thing down. The perfect formula for a rainy Saturday afternoon read, in my opinion.

Wife 22, otherwise known as Alice Buckle, is engaged in an on-line survey about marriage. In answering the questions, Alice realizes that she is bored and possible unhappy in her marriage to William. She eventually engages in communication with Researcher 101...more
Catherine
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...more
Carrie
I truly didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. I was expecting typical chick lit, but as a fan of Bridget Jones’s Diary (probably the only "chick lit" I can remember loving) I found myself identifying with this novel's main character, Alice, in much the same way as I identified with Bridget--perhaps more.

Melanie Gideon is a sharp writer, and she had me laughing out loud more often than not (and, occasionally, getting teary too). She has a real ear for dialogue, which made even the mar...more
Inga
My review:

I truly enjoyed Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon. It was witty, well-written, and quirky and the structure of the book was unconventional. I read it in one sitting and it kept me interested from the first page until the last page. Wife 22 was about marriage, trust, betrayal and midlife. It is not very often that the protagonists of the books are in their mid-forties and therefore it was refreshing reading.

Regarding the plot:

Alice Buckle, who is 44 years old woman, mother and wife, decides to...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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