Alice takes a supposedly anonymous progressive survey about her stalled marriage as her alter ego, Wife 22, and falls increasingly infatuated with the surveyor.
I figured out from reading the summary of the book, before even opening Wife 22,that
But it is somewhat fun getting there. I say somewhat because in her journey closer to Researcher 101, Alice overlooks emergencies in the lives of people who are depending on her.
Your teen daughter is having a sexual crisis, your best friend needs you to be at least a little present as her maid of honor in her upcoming wedding, and your husband just lost his job. But suuuure, focus on your burgeoning online affair to the exclusion of everything else.
An even when she isnâ€™t ignoring the massive things in her life, sheâ€™s busy creating small diversions.
Alice / Wife 22 manufactures so much noise in her life, then seems perturbed that itâ€™s so, well,noisy.
And donâ€™t even get me started on her addiction to Facebook!! Iâ€™m all for a healthy online and offline balance, but Alice doesnâ€™t have it. Sheâ€™s only able to be truly intimate, truly present, in her faceless online communications.
I found myself repeating the phrase I say sometimes IRL: Put down the dang phone!! (Unless youâ€™re perusing my blog or YouTube channel on your phone, of course. If thatâ€™s the case, then peruse to your pleasure, lovely reader)
To appreciate this book, I must let go and just appreciate it for what itâ€™s meant to be – a sweet story of what happens after â€œI doâ€ has turned into â€œMeh.â€
Sometimes itâ€™s fun to tumble into a story that reminds you of the good stuff in life.