Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Review: Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I've been meaning to pick up this novel for a while, mainly because of the cover, and I enjoyed it. The fact that it is told in documents/emails is really interesting. Plus the main characters, Bee, and Bernadette were great sassy characters. And I enjoyed the mystery aspect of the book, however, the ending was kind of anti-climatic.
The main reason I gave it four stars because I think some parts of the documents went on too long, and I would rather have seen more from Bee.
I recommend checking this out if you enjoy sassy writing and a mystery.
Four Stars Out of Five