Where’d Ya Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
My rating ✰3✰
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When her daughter Bee claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, Bernadette, a fiercely intelligent shut-in, throws herself into preparations for the trip. But worn down by years of trying to live the Seattle life she never wanted, Ms. Fox is on the brink of a meltdown. And after a school fundraiser goes disastrously awry at her hands, she disappears, leaving her family to pick up the pieces–which is exactly what Bee does, weaving together an elaborate web of emails, invoices, and school memos that reveals a secret past Bernadette has been hiding for decades. Where’d You Go Bernadette is an ingenious and unabashedly entertaining novel about a family coming to terms with who they are and the power of a daughter’s love for her mother.
This book was not at all what I expected. I did not expect how religion heavy this whole book was. That was the most off putting part for me. I hated every character except Bernadette. There were literally all terrible people. Every mother from her daughter’s school, her husband, everyone. They all sucked and I hated them all. The story took a really unbelievable turn at some point in there and I just couldn’t play along any more. The last two pages were such a crazy flowery bunch of nonsense I wanted to skip them entirely.
But even so I really enjoyed the book. The story was a grand adventure. Bernadette was relate-able and entertaining and the book was funny and fun and I loved the format with all of the different emails and letters and other media. I would probably give another book by this author a try.