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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
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Hardcover, 380 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published December 12th 2008)
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Elyse  Walters
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of "Valley of the Moon", .....a favorite book from last year by
Melanie Gideon.....
So, I was happy to see "Wife 22", an earlier book by Melanie Gideon as a $1.99 Kindle special.

Alice is "Wife 22"..... an anonymous participant in an online survey about marriage. She's been married twenty years - has two kids - and is monogamous... fitting the requirements to be part of the study.

Alice worries....
......About her marriage, ( does she and William even talk about anything interesting
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Lisa Beaulieu
Aug 23, 2012 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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Debbie
Sep 18, 2015 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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Mandy
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever picked up a book you've had for a few years, read it and then think, "why didn't I read this the first day I got it?" Summed up, that is this book for me, at least in my opinion.

This book was witty, sarcastic, comical, and downright real to life. These characters were true to form people that reminded me of a lot of people that I know. This is an easy to read novel that makes you want to see how things pan out for all involved.

Alice, a mid-40s woman is going through a type of brea
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Jeanette (Now on StoryGraph)

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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Lala
May 27, 2012 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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M
Jun 24, 2012 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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Andrea
Jun 28, 2012 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
Ann
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Jen
Apr 08, 2015 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
Oct 10, 2015 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 ...more
Melissa Rochelle
Apr 28, 2012 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.
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Gerri Leen
Aug 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
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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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Sandy
Jan 09, 2013 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
Laura
Aug 24, 2012 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. ...more
Anita NotherBook
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
Suzie Quint
Sep 02, 2012 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 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
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Judy
Apr 08, 2012 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 (Now on StoryGraph)
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
Connie
Jun 13, 2012 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
Christi
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
I liked the format and the idea of using social media throughout but the farther I got into this story, the less I liked the protagonist. She is very self-centered and it's hard to have any sympathy for her situation. The story is predictable and I had hoped I was wrong about my guess at the ending but unfortunately, I wasn't. However, the writing is entertaining and others may find the protagonist more relatable then I did. ...more
Andrea
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Rounding up to 4 Stars

This started off with a bang, with the completely relatable, self-deprecating humor of marching toward middle age. I adored the main character, until...
Why must people make such crappy, predictably bad decisions? First I'm shaking my head, then I'm chanting, "No, No, No," and finally I'm just loudly sighing with exasperation. And yet....I still really liked this book. It's fun & clever & I was happy to go along for the ride.
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Leigh
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-books, 2019
This was a wonderful book. Put it on your TBR list.
Nicholas
Jun 17, 2012 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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Anita
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is simply irresistible. It uses a unique premise - a wife conducting an anonymous online marriage survey - to explore marriage, love, parenting, friendship and happiness. But it is mainly about its characters: a warm, funny, endearing cast you won't want to leave. I couldn't put the book down. ...more
Allison
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book - I thought it was a really clever, modern exploration of 21st century marriage. One of my favorites in recent memory.
Alissa Patrick
Dec 10, 2014 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. ...more
Inga
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Mahoghani 23
She's a little strange to me. I'm not sure how I would have went about as to the wife in this situation but I hope not as she did. The story was entertaining but carried the female character as sort of unsure of herself & decisions she made. She somewhat reminded me of high school thoughts & actions. When she joined the research query, I was sure about some of her answers but I understood why she responded to them the way she did. The most adorable and romantic part of the story was finding out ...more
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Melanie Gideon is the NYT bestselling author of the memoir, The Slippery Year: A Meditation on Happily Ever After, as well as the novels Wife 22, Valley of the Moon and Did I Say You Could Go. Her books have been translated into thirty languages. She lives in the Bay Area.

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