I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Little Brown on August 14th, 201
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary
Source: requested from publisher
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.
The reader’s point of view is from Bernadette Fox’s daughter Bee who is a genius child and wants nothing more than to go to Antarctica with her parents. Following a string of letters, emails, notes, and even conversations between all the characters is a story about how Bernadette Fox goes missing. Her quirky actions ultimately lead to one of her biggest secrets, resulting in her only daughter to search for her.
Where’d You Go Bernadette is a wonderfully humourous read. I loved the different writing style where the story plops a letter or an email from one of the characters to another character. It shows a different dimension to the character and a rather funny one at best. Can I just say how much I love Bernadette and her crazy ways? She even reminds me of Becky Bloomwood from Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series. Both beautiful, loveable, and has everyone’s best interests at heart.
I wasn’t surprised to hear that this was written by one of the writers from one of my favourite TV shows Arrested Development. It pokes fun at Seattle, at Microsoft, at snobby rich kids, and even Canada! I couldn’t help but chuckle at Bernadette’s reason WHY she hates Canadians..I was literally laughing into the book.
Where’d You Go Bernadette is a fun and fresh read, perfect for a sunny afternoon at the beach. Good natured and antisocial Bernadette Fox has notoriously become one of my favourite adult characters to date, next to Becky Bloomwood of course. Give it a try, I highly recommend it.