Sometimes these cars have Idaho plates. And I think, What the hell is a car from Idaho doing here? Then I remember, That’s right, we neighbor Idaho. I’ve moved to a state that neighbors Idaho. And any life that might still be left in me kind of goes poof. -Bernadette
Author: Maria Semple
Genre: fiction, mystery, contemporary
# of Pages: 326
Published: January 1, 2012
Synopsis: Bernadette Fox has vanished.
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.
I LOVED BERNADETTE FOX!!
Bernadette was an absolutely fantastic character and the book isn’t even in her point of view. She made me laugh and she made me want to cry. She was eccentric, maybe crazy, but has good intentions. She was incredibly cheeky as well (hence the quote at the top).
“What you’ve heard about the rain: it’s all true. So you’d think it would become part of the fabric, especially among the lifers. But every time it rains, and you have to interact with someone, here’s what they’ll say: “Can you believe the weather?” And you want to say, “Actually, I can believe the weather. What I can’t believe is that I’m actually having a conversation about the weather.” But I don’t say that…” -Bernadette
See she is absolutely wonderful and says exactly how I feel. Above all of her other fun qualities, I can also see parts of myself in her.
“Getting into fights with people makes my heart race. Not getting into fights with people makes my heart race. Even sleeping makes my heart race!” -Bernadette
This book started out a little iffy for me. I had trouble getting into the format of the book. If you don’t know, it is written in a weird form involving a slight narrative from the daughter Bee and then a mix of reports, letters, and notes. I didn’t know any of the characters in the beginning and didn’t understand what was going on, so I felt a bit lost. I wasn’t sure if I would continue, but it was so highly recommended that I pushed through and started to love it about 50 pages in.
I am not big on comedy, but I’ll admit that this book was hilarious!! I laughed out loud so many times. You could really see the characters (more like cartoons in my mind) playing out these events and it is just too funny.
By the end I was attached to Bernadette and the family. I felt for them and how they each viewed their current situations. I did love the ending as well. I won’t lie, some parts are kind of slow, but the overall story stole my heart! Great and original read!!