Friday, February 21, 2014

Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

by Maria Semple

Fast, quirky and mostly fun.

Bernadette Fox is a depressed architect who flees California after a series of mishaps and ends up with her family in Seattle, living in a house that is coming apart at the seams. Since she can't seem to avoid disaster, Bernadette takes off again, only this time leaving her family behind. Her 15-year old daughter then goes on a mission to find out where her mom disappeared to. There are some pretty funny happenings in the beginning.

The first half of Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a humorous beach read, but somewhere around the time Bernadette disappears so does most of the fun. Each of the characters makes drastic personality changes and the style of writing changes, to the detriment of the story in my opinion. However, if you want a quick mindless read and if you like Sophie Kinsella and Jane Green, you'll like this book, unless you're from Seattle, in which case you may not be thrilled with Semple's satirical look at the city (and Microsoft). 

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