Just Finished: A Window Opens


My first real-time-not-a-book-review book review:

I finished listening to A Window Opens this afternoon on my drive back to the office from Tampa. It was 1:30. I hadn’t eaten lunch yet* and I desperately needed to pump. Which makes my reading selection somewhat ironic. Or, perhaps, fitting.

I’d originally picked up A Window Opens when I saw it on a list of fall releases which claimed it was an excellent debut about a woman balancing work and motherhood.

I could relate a little to some of it, but mostly I found the book to just be okay. Maybe I need the millennial version of this story, where everyone finds harmony in their work-life balance and then they instagram about it. Actually, I could probably write that version.

I didn’t dislike the book as I was reading it, but I was not pleased with the way the book wrapped up.  For those of you who have read it and want to engage in a spoiler-filled discussion, I am happy to explain why it disappointed me.

If you’re a working mom, you may enjoy it. If you’re not, I think you’d probably find it a pretty boring.


*And I’d just used my lunch money to pay the $20 parking tab because Tampa apparently thinks it’s New York City now.

2 thoughts on “Just Finished: A Window Opens

  1. Elizabeth December 4, 2015 / 12:29 pm

    I felt much the same way about this book. I did find the story interesting and enjoyed reading it. It was kind of tough, though, I can’t really see this book ending another way for Alice, but that ending really nagged me… is the message that you can’t balance work and kids?


  2. Heather December 5, 2015 / 8:46 pm

    I finished this one recently and felt about the same. The stuff that resonated with me the most was around the corporate culture of the place where she worked. It was exaggerated but I work for a huge company and totally see the corporate speak happening every day, I get having to shut up and do the insane thing whoever is in charge is telling you to do, all that. Anyway – I agree about the ending but would love to know your specific thoughts. Email me!


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