Friday, December 19, 2014

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Book: Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Author: Maria Semple

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.-Goodreads

Review: Are you a fan of Arrested Development or satire? If so, you might love this book. This is about a group of wealthy Seattler's (not sure if that is an actual term) and their myriad of problems, including work, family and the drama of private school parental politics. While I found most of their issues eye roll worthy, this was cleverly written in a non-traditional format and I couldn't put it down. While the central character, Bernadette, was equally lovable and frustrating, I adored her relationship with her daughter. I also found myself loving a secondary character by the end of the book who I initially hated. 

Overall-loved it!

Grade: 5/5

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