First of all, I'm wondering if any of my reader friends are book readers as well?! Please let me know in the comments! I am a total bookworm and now that I am graduated I'll have the chance to enjoy leisurely reading much more often (hooray)! This past week my BFF book club read "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" by Maria Semple; a 326 page book that I read in two days. Here are some of my thoughts on the book without spoilers:
I will admit the beginning started of a little slow for me. The book is written mostly in the form of letters and emails that have gone back and forth between characters so in the beginning it can be hard to follow since you haven't figured out each character's personality yet. Elgie, Bernadette, and their daughter Bee live in Seattle in pretty "hoity-toity" little neighborhood. Bernadette and Elgie are California peeps moved there by Elgie's prestigious job at Microsoft. Bernadette hates it there. Combine that fact with her social anxiety and quirky personality and you get a whole lot of laughs. Although Bernadette suffers from anxiety and possibly depression I find her character so refreshing. She literally does not care what anyone thinks about her and passes that trait down to Bee. Bernadette's anxiety gets her into heaps of trouble and eventually she goes missing. This is where the suspense kicks in! I won't say anymore about the plot, but I love how the author brings the story full circle and the conclusion is not what you'd expect. Not to mention the shock when some of the character's true colors start to reveal in the end. Overall, this one is definitely worth your time!