Who here watches the show Younger? If you’re like me and a lot of my friends, you just can’t get enough of it! So when I stumbled upon Marriage Vacation, the novel within the show, while browsing the book section at Target, I just had to pick it up! I wasn’t aware up until that point that it was an actual book. I had some high expectations for it and not to skip to the end or anything, but they were not met.
In case you haven’t watched the show, Marriage Vacation is a novel written by Pauline Turner Brooks. She’s married with two children and her husband owns a publishing company. Except, she decided she needed a break from her life and ran off on her own for a year. In the show, you don’t see what occurred during that time. That’s where the book comes into play.
First of all, well done to the marketing geniuses behind Younger! Releasing a book from the show is just next level. The truth is, the book is written by a ghost writer and it’s written as though Pauline the character actually exists in real life. I was a little disappointed to find out that there wasn’t some true life to this book. But then again, I was happy to know that it was only a fictional character that decided to just up and leave her family without discussing it with anyone or thinking about the consequences.
Marriage Vacation is nothing more than an Upper East Side housewife who is unhappy with the choices she’s made in life, abandoning her family and responsibilities because she has the means to do so. Pauline is a selfish woman who will do nothing but infuriate you at the fact that she keeps rationalizing what she’s doing to her family by going out to try and do something good to make herself feel better.
To be honest with you, I would have stopped reading the book had I not been a fan of the show and felt that I had to finish it out. As a married woman, I can’t imagine thinking it would ever be ok to just up and catch a flight to Thailand without cluing my husband in on my plans, or at the very least, my unhappiness in my life! See, that’s the real problem here. Pauline never makes her husband aware of the fact that she’s feeling incomplete, depressed, and unaccomplished. I can understand feeling like things aren’t going as you planned, and that you want more from this life than to just be someone’s wife or mother. But never will I be a fan of up and leaving them to find yourself.
Pauline believes that if she comes back home having accomplished something during her time in Thailand, then she wouldn’t have left her family in vain. But it’s a catch 22. She just has to spend more and more time to find what she feels is “enough” to prove herself.
Don’t get me wrong, the writing isn’t bad. But I couldn’t get past the storyline. I want my protagonist to go in search of herself while still maintaining her own life. Ya know, like the rest of us grown ups have to do!
Did you read the book? Let me know how you felt about Pauline’s actions!