I chose Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple to fill the spot of ‘A book everyone has already read’ because, well, I thought that everyone had already read it. It was ALL over all the blogs and best-seller lists… yet when I told my friends and co-workers what I was reading, they had NO idea what this book was. They had never even heard of it. None of them!! So I guess that only internet people have read this- so good for you guys.
I LOVED this book! It’s told through emails and letters and actually, let me put up the description from Amazon: 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.
I started reading this book TWO DAYS before a co-worker was going on a cruise to Antarctica (crazy timing, right?) and I knew that the premise was that a lady goes missing sometime around her cruise… I was wanting to finish it ASAP so I could compare the cruise in the book to the cruise that she took in real life!
This was such a fun book to read. It went by really quickly, stayed pretty light and fun, and finding out the story through emails and letters and faxes from MULTIPLE people make it kind of a fun mystery to figure out. Was Bernadette crazy? Was the misunderstood? Did she really escape forever? Where did she go? Why did she go? Why was her neighbor such a terrible person? So many questions! (Thankfully they all got answered!)
I definitely recommend this book- especially if you want a light and fun book. This would be perfect for reading poolside while wearing a big floppy hat and sunglasses.