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#94: Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple

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.
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Edition edition (August 14, 2012)
  • ISBN: 9780316204279
  • Amazon US
GIVEAWAY IS HERE AND IT ENDS SEPT 18 (US/CDN)

MY OPINION:
I have to get this off my chest immediately...
Being Canadian, I am slightly wounded by the amount, as a people, were put down in this book. I know it's only a fictional story, but I believe there is always a snippet of truth to everything. Meaning, the author must dislike us Canuckers to put that in there....
With that said and sat aside, it wasn't enough to make me dislike the book. On the contrary. Not so much the case of the missing Bernadette, but I was intrigued by the family dynamic that led to the case in the first place. A highly creative way of having us read the story too, complete with letters, emails and faxes. This normally would turn me off, but this time it worked for me.
I wasn't crazy about how the story ended. I thought it was abrupt. I felt like it was missing something, even if it was a "Disney ending", just something felt off. 
I still enjoyed it more than I didn't, so I will be recommending for a laugh.

3.5/5

Recommend? yes

DISCLAIMER: I received a copy for review. I was not compensated for my opinion or this post.
 

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