Book Review: Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

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This is the first book I finished in 2013! I am using it for the Treasure Hunt (a question mark), Eclectic Reader Challenge (Humor), Women Challenge, Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge, Bookworm Bitches 2013 A-Z Title Challenge, 52 Books in 52 Weeks, and Book Club Friday.

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.

Verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. I won this book in a giveaway months ago and then became really eager to read it when I found out so many people put it on their “Best Books of 2012” lists and the author used to write for Arrested Development. But I didn’t love it. I know it is a satire but I didn’t find it that funny. It was intriguing, and the more I read the more interested I was, so finishing it wasn’t a problem. But at the end I was just kind of like… It was OK. Bernadette was a jerk and her husband was a clueless idiot. I also don’t love when books use emails and other kinds of correspondence in the format, which this one does.

3stars

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3 Comments

  1. I’ve been wondering about this one. It doesn’t really seem like the type of book I’d enjoy reading, but I keep hearing such great things about it. So in a way it is a little refreshing to hear a somewhat negative review over it. I think I’d still consider reading it, but don’t necessarily see that happening anytime soon.

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