Title: Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Fiction, Humor, Contemporary, Mystery, Chick Lit
Little, Brown and Company
August 14th, 2012
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.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette was chosen for a book club that I participated in back in February. My initial reaction was excitement because I had heard so many great reviews about this book! I could not wait to start reading and I am happy to say that I was not disappointed. Bernadette is a very quirky and unique main character, I absolutely loved her odd personality and her many flaws. I could not help but want to know more about her and her story. Honestly, I enjoyed all of the characters in the book and the roles they played, even the stuck up private-school mothers. I found myself laughing out loud constantly! The descriptions of Seattle were great and since I live close to Seattle I found myself agreeing with most of what was said about the town. The narrative was interesting seeing as it was pieced together from notes, emails, files, and from Bee’s perspective. The ending was equally as interesting as the rest of the book and I enjoyed it. All in all, I would definitely recommend this book!