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review 2017-06-09 02:48
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (Audio) - Maria Semple Bernadette Fox is a brilliant architect and semi-recluse who employs a virtual assistant called Manjula to handle most of her routine affairs and minimize how much she needs to interact with her fellow humans in Seattle. Bernadette's husband, Elgin Branch, is a renowned programmer at Microsoft known for having the fourth most popular TED talk. Bernadette has managed to make herself unpopular with fellow Galer Street School moms, mainly because she avoids joining parent committees, thereby showing she doesn't value "community." Bernadette and Elgin's daughter Bee, an eighth grader with exemplary report cards, intends to hold her parents to a promise they'd made of an anything-she-wants graduation present if she maintained perfect report cards her whole way through. And what she wants is a family trip to Antarctica. Which causes Bernadette to quietly freak out.... Bernadette goes missing, and Bee is determined to find her. Various types of correspondence--emails, faxes, letters, invoices, and the like--interspersed with Bee's narration help piece together the story of what has happened. Can Bernadette be found? This book is delightful. That's the word that kept coming into my head. I just love smart, quirky characters. And Kathleen Wilhoite's narration was perfect. Wilhoite is an actress (you might remember her from Gilmore Girls) and singer (she nails "Holy Night" in one scene in the book), and I was surprised to learn this was her first time narrating an audiobook. It seems she befriended Maria Semple in a writing group. I hope she decides to narrate her own books and others, too.
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review 2017-03-19 21:43
Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple

I’d had this book on my kindle for ages and when Char mentioned it and said her friend who never says anything is delightful, described it as exactly that,I thought I have to give this a go.

 

The story is set in Seattle and is basically about the disappearance of Bernadette, if you hadn’t already guessed that by the title. At the start we meet Bernadette’s daughter Bee who narrates parts of the story, while the rest is a collection of e-mail’s and notes. I loved this style of narrative, it made the story more unique and fun.

 

Bernadette, the protagonist, felt so real. She was flawed and a bit of an ass at times who did some really stupid things, but I could forgive all that because she was so damn funny. It was this humour that was one of the main reasons I kept reading, even when she drove me mad!

 

There were several side characters who helped make this even more fun, such as Audrey (the arch nemesis of Bernadette), Soo-lin who had a crush on Bernadette's husband and Ollie O who worked at Bee’s school.

 

Regardless of the humour the story still managed to touch on themes such as anxiety and mother-daughter relationships. The book felt light, but underneath it had an importance that means it'll stay with me far longer than it would have.

 

I did have to suspend my disbelief a few times, but strangely this didn’t detract from my enjoyment as it usually would. For me, some of the more ludicrous events seemed to add to the story. Don’t ask me how that happened! I can only assume it’s the strength of the author.

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text 2017-03-10 18:09
Reading progress update: I've read 67%.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple

I'm really enjoying this book, even if Bernadette is kind-of an ass. She's still hilarious, though.

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text 2017-03-06 21:58
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple

I love the way this is set out: e-mails interspersed with narrative. It feels fresh and original and I'm really enjoying it. Thanks for the recommendation, Char.

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review 2016-11-05 04:06
Muddled Feelings
Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple

Audiobook-
This book had me chuckling at the ridiculousness of the characters or ready to throw my ipod across the room in anger/sadness. It was such a roller-coaster, I wasn't sure how to feel when it ended. It felt unfinished the ending, i needed more wrap up, but I don't know if I could have taken it. I was done with them, but ARGUH it was unfinished ! I liked it and I hated it, but I could not stop till I found out what happened. I'm glad I was pushed to read it, but I'd never read it again.
Spoilers**
So I'm not going to tell you about the story I'll tell you about my points of interest. Let's go to the good fun things first. Bernadette had some great lines, some fabulous ways of looking at situations and genius in her career. She was an open parent, discussing issues with her daughter like she was a person on her way to adulthood. I loved the mother daughter relationship. Audrey, the beast who turned into an angel was a wonderful character. She was a nasty, lying, nit picking gnat with a warm heart. She stole the the pages right out from under the main characters for me, they could have disappeared into the blackberry bushes and I would have stuck with her.
The ugly bits that chapped my sensitive skin overrode the good bits. I am so sick of the married man cheating on his wife with the secretary/PA story. The back stabbing husband stealing bimbette, and the I drank too much worm of a man tangling the sheets. Sigh, yes I know it's just a story, doesn't change my feelings. Her husband was a jerk, his absence from daily functions, the way he attacked her and tried to get her committed, sending the daughter away. I really couldn't stand him. B, she was weird, her drive to go to Antartica was weird, the trip when they went was weird.

Funniest scene-One of the characters was trying to type an email on a broken computer in a foreign country that had me laughing so hard my side hurt.

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