[REVIEW] Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Thursday, November 13, 2014
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.

My review:

This is one of my favorite books of the year (2014). It was recommended to me by my mother-in-law.

The  first time I tried to read this book I was having a hard time with how the story was setup. We would have some narration from Bea or other characters but most of Bernadette's parts were in email format. So I got extremely frustrated with the novel and put it down.

I am not exactly sure what made me decide to pick the novel back up but I am so happy that I did. This is a book that I recommend to everyone who asks for one. I could not put the book down once I started reading it this go around. I loved that this book had a great ending. I was worried that it wouldn't have an ending at all honestly.  It was interesting how Bea was able to figure out where her mother ended up disappearing to.

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