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3.43  ·  Rating details ·  4,279 ratings  ·  477 reviews
In season four of Darren Star’s hit TV Land series Younger, the editors at Empirical Press are shocked and deeply moved when they read Marriage Vacation, an autobiographical novel by the publisher’s estranged wife, Pauline Turner Brooks. Knowing the book will cause a sensation, they decide they must publish it. Now you can read what the hype is about.

To find herself…she mi
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Simon & Schuster
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Emerald Lavere Missed that one, but saw a couple similar mistakes. Even with several editors, it's hard to catch every flaw. Seems like I'll see at least a couple in…moreMissed that one, but saw a couple similar mistakes. Even with several editors, it's hard to catch every flaw. Seems like I'll see at least a couple in every book I read.(less)
Marisa It's written under the biography as a *note - Jo Piazza is the ghost-writer for this novel. :)
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Jillian Coleen
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Okay, okay, yes, Marriage Vacation is a ghost-written tie-in novel for the tv series Younger. Which, unless you are a giant fan of the show (like me!) probably doesn't mean much to you... and you probably didn't run to pick it up on publishing day like I did! But in all seriousness - Marriage Vacation is a sometimes fun, sometimes heavy, and definitely sexy exploration of the middle years of motherhood. Not the early days when babies consume your whole lives, not the later years when your kids a ...more
Rylee Richard
Jul 01, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF, couldn't get behind Pauline as the protagonist. I'm not a huge fan of her in the show, and although the book made her as sympathetic as possible, I couldn't put the show to the side while reading it. I think I would've really liked it otherwise!
Jamie Rosenblit
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this having been a long time fan of Younger (since the first episode) and it was nice to look into "Pauline's world" - however, being #TeamCharles, I do hate to sympathize with Pauline in any sense! This was a great tie in - also would recommend even for those who don't watch the show, totally stands on its own!
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
I wanted to read this because I am a Younger fan...

Urg. Kate (Pauline) is so infuriating that I often wanted to throw the book. I would have rathered a more realistic ending.

*Spoiler Alert*

No way would I have let that selfish bitch come home.
nomadreader (Carrie D-L)
So, so fun. I'm still Team Liza, but damn do I love Pauline. This book is so great.
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Have you ever seen the show Younger? (And is it ever coming back? #TeamJosh) If you haven't, then a little backstory: the characters work in publishing and the wife of one of the love interests writes a book under a pseudonym. A book about the time she spent away from her marriage to him, the head of the publishing company. Yep, "Kate" just up and leaves her family on a soul-searching quest and this book is basically about her adventures while she was away. It starts out self-involved and ungrat ...more
Jun 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Absolutely awful. If my brain wasn’t needing a break I would have given up. Makes Eat, Pray, Love (one of the worst, most self indulgent books ever conceived, said as an Elizabeth Gilbert fan) feel like a masterpiece.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A big hit for Millennial Print. Didn't love the ending though.
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m a big fan of the TV show Younger so that’s why I was interested in reading this book. If you don’t watch the show, there’s really no reason to read this one. But it was entertaining.
The Story Girl
Jun 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: every book lover out there!

If you're a fan of the show Younger, you need to pick this book up ASAP. How did I not know they were turning this into an actual book?!?! So excited to read it!

If you haven't heard of or have never watched Younger, then you are missing out on an amazing show, one that I think every book lover would truly love. It revolves around a woman who pretends to be younger than she is in order to get back to work in the publishing industry, and the whole show revolves around publishing and books! Do I ne
As a tie-in to the TV show Younger, this book is more or less guaranteed to be a bestseller (or at least a hit with fans). It's a beach-read kind of book and easy page-turner. Rather unfortunately, for both Millennial Print and Simon Schuster, it feels like the production process was rushed to coincide with the release of the fictional version of it on the show. There are some typos, shoddy grammar and inconsistencies (e.g. even though the characters are called Karl and Katharine, in one scene K ...more
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was fun! It is absolutely a show tie-in, but if for some reason you don’t watch Younger and you wanted to read it, you wouldn’t have any issue. Jo Piazza is a great chick lit writer and this is no exception. Very, very fun and adds more depth to the character on the show.
Rita Leite
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: quarentine
cool book. couldn't put it down. for those who watched younger it's a nice complement to the story. compelling reading. amazing ability to incorporate past memories into the current flow of time. a bit cliche at times, but a great light reading.
Cátia Vieira
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Why should you read this book?
Younger fans, I know you recognize this book! Marriage Vacation by Pauline Turner Brooks is the book published by the fictional publishing house Empirical Press on TV Land series Younger. I am a huge fan of the show so when Simon & Schuster recently released this book, I was thrilled. I knew I had to read it!!

Marriage Vacation tells the story of Kate, a woman who’s going through a midlife crisis. After marrying Karl and becoming a mother, Kate leaves her biggest dre
Beth Blevins
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Marriage Vacation is a lot like Rogue One. The whole purpose--and really, the only plot point--of Rogue One was to explain how the Death Star could have been so easily penetrated and destroyed by Luke Skywalker in a movie that came out decades ago. It is backstory (yawn), and we know how it will eventually end. The whole purpose of Marriage Vacation is to explain how a woman could abandon her children for a year and still not consider herself a bad mother/person. According to MV, it turns out sh ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a huge fan of Younger when I heard about this book I nearly fainted. Literally nearly fainted. There have been only a select few (I can only think of Charm from All My Children) that have been featured on a show and created in real life. Being able to read page 58 and understanding even more about what they have been speaking about and will speak about since this book will play heavily into this season is just so cool. I bought it while watching the first episode this season. When it arrived ...more
This book is readable, and perfect to read to poolside. As a fan of Younger it is a fun tie-in but not a necessary read.
Christine (Queen of Books)
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an actual book!

I'll admit to being a bit dubious when Simon Books announced they were making Marriage Vacation a reality, especially knowing they'd have to work to fit in all the book references already made in the show. Well, they delivered. Page 58 did not disappoint, and I really enjoyed the overall book from "Pauline Turner Brooks" (who, yes, I pictured as Jennifer Westfeldt while reading, but who is actually the fabulous Jo Piazza).

As described in Younger, Marriage Vacation features
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
As a newly obsessed viewer of Younger (did I binge all of the current episodes in like, a month? Perhaps.), I was eager to pick up this meta show-tie-in novel. I’m sure without the background knowledge of the show, this would have maybe fallen flatter, but as a viewer, it was a fun and readable foray into some background of Pauline & Charles. (And added some depth and likability to Pauline, for sure.) I flew through it in a day or two (though it took me a minute before the plot really got going) ...more
Melissa Italiano
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I’ll be honest, it was pretty bland most of the way through. I was intent on rating it a 3-star book but something about that last 25% really pulled me in. That bit was fun to read so it inched it’s way up to 3.5 stars for me.

It’s not new, challenging, very well-written or anything like that but hey, it’s fun and quick and is a tie-in to one of my favorite TV shows to watch, Younger.

So yeah, I’m sticking with 3.5 (rounded down since that is not a Goodreads option).
Yvonne King
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t expecting much from this book, but I’m a fan of Younger and was curious to hear Pauline’s side of the story. This salacious summer read did not disappoint! I felt like I was accessing bonus content to the show, but also that I really did stand on its own (without the show) as a good fun read. It even had an unexpected twist at the end that gave me an audible gasp. The perfect read for an airplane ride or a weekend at the beach, I would definitely recommend this fun read!
Amanda Smith
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5? Can’t tell if I only liked it because of Younger or if it was actually good. All I know is that it was better than Eat, Pray, Love
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of the TV show Younger and Sutton Foster. This book was a fun romp that hit all the right notes for me. Perfect escapism and I would check out more by the real author.
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
So, I read this book because it's a conceit produced by the TV show YOUNGER, one of my favorite guilty pleasures. My reading was therefore influenced by storylines on the show and how I feel about the fictional author of this book (Pauline Turner is a character on the show, not the real-life author of this apparently ghost-written book.)

SO: the main character is pretty unlikeable. She ditches her family for a year to find herself and this is that story. It's kind of hard to believe on the show,
***5 STARS***

Wow! What a great listen! WHY does this novel ONLY have a 3.5 star rating?! I can connect with Kate on so many levels (besides being a millionaire and actually going on a one year hiatus). Being a mom and wife can be so exhausting mentally. I’m 37 and already feel the same way sometimes. How I’d love to do what she did, I don’t think I could leave my family for that long though. Maybe for a couple of weeks! I don’t judge her by all means, she needed the hiatus and fortunat
Megha Patel
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
A mediocre read. Half the time I couldn't care less what was happening. The story has a great potential to be phenomenal and some people may even love it but I wasn't for me. I did like how Kate came to love herself and find her path again. But that's about it, I didn't care much for the other things.
Kelly Hager
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As you may know, I am a huge fan of the show Younger. When I found out that Marriage Vacation was going to become a real book, I was excited and nervous. I know in general that when books are tie-ins for TV, they aren't always very good. 

This book is actually surprisingly good. It's a book I would've enjoyed if I had just encountered it randomly, with no idea it came from a TV show. It's really fun. I also like the way it gave us more insight into Pauline. (As backstory, if you watch the show, y
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
In season four of Darren Star’s hit TV Land series Younger, the editors at Empirical Press are shocked and deeply moved when they read Marriage Vacation, an autobiographical novel by the publisher’s estranged wife, Pauline Turner Brooks. Knowing the book will cause a sensation, they decide they must publish it. Now you can read what the hype is about.

To find herself…she might lose everything.

By all appearances, Kate Carmichael had the perfect life: two adorable daughters, a pre-war town house o
Devin Milford
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
First up, know this...I didn’t watch the show. I have no idea who Pauline is.

This book was a slow start for me and I wasn’t sure how I felt about the premise. A vacation from your marriage?! A week away from your responsibilities as a wife and mother? Maybe I could get on board with this. (Full disclosure, I was jealous of Kate and her week of solitude!) But to fly half way around the world and leave your family for a year? I had trouble buying into the idea.

I was ready to give up on Kate and h
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is part of the reason why I'm perfectly okay being single with cats. The main character realizes after her two children are in middle school that she never did go on that trip to Thailand. So she just up and abandons her family for a year. This is Eat, Pray, Love, minus the divorce.

Honestly, I found the main character to be very selfish and I felt bad for her poor husband, whose wife just up and leaves him (and their nanny) to care for their kids while she went off to Thailand to live
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Pauline Brooks is a graduate of the MFA program at Columbia University. She is married to Charles Brooks and they have two children. Marriage Vacation is her first novel.

Note: Pauline Turner Brooks is a fictional character from the TV Land television show Younger, played by Jennifer Westfeldt. The biography is of this character. Her name is being used as a pseudonym for a tie-in novel to the TV s

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