Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

Today Will Be Different

A genius novel from the author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette, about a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, forced to abandon her small ambitions when she awakes to a strange, new future unfolding. Eleanor knows she's a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won't swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before...

Details Today Will Be Different

TitleToday Will Be Different
Release DateOct 4th, 2016
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreFiction, Humor, Audiobook, Contemporary

Reviews Today Will Be Different

  • Laura
    (This review can also be found at The Slattern: VU, so much deja vu...This is a (sort of) sequel to Where'd You Go Bernadette, and there are several similarities between the two.The protagonist, Bernadette Eleanor, is a wildly talented middle-aged architect illustrator who seems to have lost her creative mojo after moving from New York to boring suburban Seattle. She lives with her precocious only chi...
  • Diane
    I had been enjoying the first part of this novel, and then about halfway through I abruptly hit a wall where the quirkiness and mania and frenzied story jumping got so aggravating that I abandoned the book in frustration.This is the second Maria Semple book I was unable to finish — I also couldn't get into her novel "Where'd You Go, Bernadette." And since she's a popular author, I must conclude I'm just not the right reader for her books. So, y...
  • Rebecca
    Bernadette fans, prepare for disappointment. There’s nothing that bad about the story of middle-aged animator Eleanor Flood, her hand-surgeon-to-the-stars husband Joe, and their precocious kid Timby, but nor is there anything very interesting about it. The novel is one of those rare ones that take place all in one day, a setup that enticed me, but all Eleanor manages to fit into her day – despite the title resolution – is an encounter with ...
  • Melki
    "Joe," I said. "Do you think I'm a mean person?""You're not a mean person," he immediately answered, and paused. "You're a mean nice person. Big difference."Since I'm one of the three people on earth who has not read the author's previous work - Where'd You Go, Bernadette, I may be the ideal audience for this book. I can't compare the two, and express my disappointment that this is more of, or not enough of, the same. So, judging this one strictl...
  • Julie
    Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple is a 2016 Little, Brown and Company publication. I may be the only person on earth who has not read ‘Where did you go, Bernadette?’ the much acclaimed novel by Maria Semple that preceded this one. But, when this one started getting lots of promotional coverage a while back, I placed a hold on it at the library, thinking I’d have plenty of time to read ‘Bernadette’ first, because the wait time was ...
  • Jessica Jeffers
    I think I'm the only person in the world who thought Let It Go was kind of a bland song. (stick with me for a second, there's a point here)There was a moment in time when everyone, and not just tweens, was obsessed with that song but I always described it as a poor-man's Defying Gravity. It's Idina Menzel singing the same basic "I can stand up for myself" theme, but the performance is nowhere near as powerful and the actual lyrics pale in compari...
  • Idarah
    "Today I will be my best self, the person I'm capable of being. Today will be different..." –Eleanor FloodDo you ever scroll through your friends' Instagram pictures, their Facebook family vacation albums to exotic locales, or just spend all night eating a pint (okay maybe 2) of rum raisin ice cream and scrolling through Pinterest only to feel like utter crap because your life seems so minuscule and unorganized compared to everyone else? That h...
  • Fabian
    After you find out where Bernadette actually went, you will inevitably begin to crave another deep into the wacky world of American Northwest mothers: they are a species less romantic than the Sex and the City Gals, albeit more human. Not less refined, nor less entertaining, but yeah: waaay more human.Semple's sophomore novel is arguably one of the best comedic novels of all time. A tremendous classic. And now, with that bonafide masterpiece unde...
  • Kristina
    There’s nothing like the disappointment of an anticipated good book turning out to be crappy. I’m not sure who wrote the funny, wonderful Where’d You Go, Bernadette but it wasn’t this Maria Semple. This Maria Semple wrote a book that starts out funny, but gradually descends into awfulness before your horrified eyes. There’s very little I enjoyed about Today Will Be Different.Eleanor Flood has decided that today will be different. She wi...
  • Elyse Walters
    Everything starts out promising.....on the FIRST PAGE.....then it's a little roller coaster ride -- the dips -- and the highs.Our narrator tells us "Today will be different".... she will look people in the eye, play with her son, initiate sex, ( with her husband I'm presuming), won't swear, improve her hygiene habits, radiate calm, smile, and be the best person she can be. The very next page says "THE TRICK" hm? TRICK? Already I'm not sure where ...
  • Jill
    Forget about Where’d You Go, Bernadette. On second thought, don’t forget about it. There are certain similarities: the Seattle setting, the razor-sharp wisecracks, the punchy humor, the precocious child and the mother who is barely holding onto her sanity, the poignancy of the message, even old documents as a devise to uncover a troubled past.Yes, Maria Semple has gone back to the well in her new novel. Yet the book is so darn enjoyable that ...
  • Oriana
    How are there so many low ratings for this book? How did so many people get it so totally wrong? This book is incredible. Maria Semple is such a strange and wonderful writer, this book is an uproarious and quirky and relatable gut-punch of sorrowful joy. Here we have the story of Eleanor Flood, a spacey but brilliant, caustic but kind, middle-aged lady. She is an illustrator in the second act of her life after having co-created a wildly successfu...
  • Linden
    I enjoyed the author's Where'd You Go Bernadette? I was hoping for another entertaining read, but was disappointed. The main character, Eleanor, was self-centered and obnoxious, a doctor's wife taking poetry lessons, pretending to be friends with someone she criticized behind their back, and begrudging time spent with her young son. The plot was all over the place, between learning about her estranged sister, her dysfunctional childhood, her husb...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: StarsEleanor has decided that today will be different. Basically that amounts to she will try hard not to suck so much at life. But life is a real PITA so things go every way except for as planned. Instead of behaving like a well-rounded, functioning adult today Eleanor will have to deal with a missing husband (who has told the office he’s on vacation), a “sick” kid who has us...
  • Rincey
    This book is kind of clunky and with all of the flashbacks, I felt like I was constantly having to get my bearings in this book. But it is a quick read, still has that Maria Semple wit, and has a lot more heart than I was expecting.
  • Aaron Hartzler
    I read this book twice in a row: the first time weeping with laughter and slack-jawed in wonder; the second time so I could try to figure out Maria Semple does it. I didn't. I think she was just born with a gift.For fans of Bernadette: get ready for your new favorite book. For fans of blazing wit, bottomless empathy, and the kind of side-blinding observations about art and life with which true literary fiction can smack one upside the head: read ...
  • Cindy Burnett
    Today Will Be Different is an interesting read. Semple’s last book, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, was laugh-out-loud funny and very entertaining. I was hoping that Today Will Be Different would be the same. While it is entertaining, laugh-out-loud funny it is not. There are certainly some funny parts, such as her child being named Timby because her iPhone corrected Timothy to Timby and it stuck (my iPhone is constantly correcting things I meant...
  • Malia
    Where'd You Go Bernadette was one of my favorites last year, so my expectations for Today Will Be Different were admittedly quite high, which may be the reason I felt more disappointed than I would have had this been written by another author. The story revolves around Eleanor who is married to Joe, a surgeon, and the mother of Timby. They live in Seattle, which Eleanor doesn't seem to like all that much - in fact, she doesn't seem to like anythi...
  • Megan Johnson
    Bernadette, how I long for thee. You were so good and I didn't appreciate you enough. I wanted this book by the same author to compare and here I am disappointed. Not because it's necessarily a bad book - not at all - but because I held my hopes entirely too high. Today Will Be Different starts out well. It's funny, endearing, totally real, and charming in a quirky way - everything good in a saturday morning read. But as the pages flipped on, I f...
  • Victoria
    So far I've done all right. I haven't gossiped, haven't lost my temper, haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish or overindulgent. I'm very happy about this. But in a few minutes, Lord, I'm going to get out of bed. And from then on, I'm going to need a lot more help.--My Morning Mantra Eleanor, the heroine of this little tale, starts out her day on a similar note vowing that today will be different and while it is, it definitely doesn’t go t...
  • Tammy
    A rather strange book...I'd call it "stream of consciousness" writing. It had some funny moments, especially the scenes involving her son, Timby. I got a little confused at times but got back on track pretty quickly. Overall, not bad. The narrator was great!
  • AdiTurbo
    DNF. Really wanted to like this book, but it's a mess. The premise is brilliant - all Western women, I bet, start their days with the resolution to do everything right this time, and to have a perfect day, which is a sure fail, of course. But Semple didn't really know what to do with her great idea. She mixes in irrelevant characters, uninteresting and even bizarre plotlines, and her protagonist is not a real woman, not to mention her very strang...
  • Cheri
    A number of things typically factor in on how much we like / love or dislike / intensely dislike a book; if we’re brokenhearted about a personal event, losing someone dear to us, or if we’re busy and easily distracted, worrying about outside factors, if it’s too hot or too cold or we don’t feel well. And then sometimes we read a book by an author we’ve read before and our expectations are high based on our affections for a former book w...
  • Stef Rozitis
    I don't believe it. Today won't be different. No day will be different for the selfishly privileged people trapped in the individualism and consumerist blindness within the pages of this book. That's harsh considering I was given the book for free from giveaways (for which I am grateful-ish and which made me give it one more star than I feel like). Because of this, and because m own writing was recently criticised harshly I had planned to be posi...
  • Madeline
    “Today will be different. Today I will be present. Today, anyone I speak to, I will look them in the eye and listen deeply. Today I’ll play a board game with Timby. I’ll initiate sex with Joe. Today I will take pride in my appearance. I’ll shower, get dressed in proper clothes, and change into yoga clothes only for yoga, which today I will actually attend. Today I won’t swear. I won’t talk about money. Today there will be an ease abou...
  • Rebbie
    2 1/2 starsThe book is told from the pov of a woman named Eleanor Flood who has an emotionally unhealthy sense of being and a chaotic life. She vows to try harder to make her life better, and be there for her husband and son. On the very day she sets out to do this, her present merges with her past and forces her to confront some of her painful issues.A couple important things to note: 1. This is listed as a comedy and it shouldn't be. Eleanor Fl...
  • Christine Zibas
    While many of the reviewers of Today Will Be Different have compared this book to Semple's earlier work Where'd You Go, Bernadette (often unfavorably, at that), this is the first Semple book I'd experienced. It was pure pleasure for me. Some have complained that the main character Eleanor was mean, but I found her to be merely snarky, often justifiably so. The author's often painfully insightful reflections on the publishing industry rang true. (...
  • Caro the Helmet Lady
    This book = first world problems + rich people problems + quirky-quirkiness + crazy-craziness + 1% o'Jesus. I know it's a very simplified review, but it's in the mood of the book, so don't pout. The most important thing here is HOW, then WHAT, then WTF. If you can stand how, then what only gets better with every page. Or not. I guess I was in the right mood for this book, because I almost absolutely loved it, as much as I loved Where'd You Go, Be...
  • Denise
    I love Maria Semple. I didn't enjoy this quite as much as Where'd You Go, Bernadette?, but there are so many passages in her writing that I can relate to. Those moments that make you go, "YES - I'm so glad someone finally put that into words for me!" She seems to do that for me in every one of her books. Here are a few gems from this one:“There’s a phenomenon I call the Helpless Traveler. If you’re traveling with someone who’s confident, ...