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Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

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Not to my tasteI didn't care much for this book. With all the hype, I was expecting a seriously funny, interesting book. I didn't like the characters and the plot was ridiculous. I didn't care for Bernadette. I thought she was a flake. Maybe to enjoy a book, you have to become engaged with the characters, but for me, I only liked and felt sympathy for the daughter. Now, I'm clearly in the minority of ratings. Many people read and enjoyed this book, so don't take my rating as the gospel. I think you should at least try a sample to see if the book is to your taste.2Helped knowing the authors other works.In a nutshell, this is a book that begs the reader to not take it seriously, and just simply enjoy the amusement park ride that it is.This was recommended to me because it was "quirky and fun". I learned the author had written for a few quirky comedy television shows, which helped me in setting my expectations before jumping in. And just as anticipated, it reads like a screenplay for a fun quirky comedy. Going in with that expectation, I found the book to be a delight to read ~ the author takes what would be heavy issues in reality, and lets us see them in another light hearted way.Also, having grown up in Seattle, just a few years behind Bill Gates, and having classmates that went to work for Microsoft, there was a nostalgic / sentimental feel for me, as I read through the escapades of Bernadette and the Galer Street Gnats ... definitely quirky and fun.4DisappointingWarning, my review has a spoiler I really liked this book in the beginning but as it went on I was confused. It is 326 pages long and on page 200 the character Bee says about her mother "It was the last time I saw her" so the reader assumes that her mother is dead/gone but then you read 100+ pages and her mother shows up! Really bothered me and ruined the book for me.1Be prepared for a unique reading experience!Fifteen year old Bee lives in Seattle with her parents in a 12,000 square ft building that once was a Catholic school for wayward girls. To say their lifestyle is unconventional would be an understatement. Their "home" has blackberry vines growing through the floorboards, a roof that leaks like a sieve, and an odor that would assault anyone's nose who might enter; yet the three of them don't seem to notice. It's not because of lack of intelligence or money. They all have Einstein level IQs. Elgin has a very high level job at Microsoft, Bernadette is an award winning architect, and Bee has been accepted to a prestigious boarding school.They are planning on taking a trip to Antarctica over Christmas break, a reward for Bee's perfect report card. But things start going awry. And then Bernadette disappears...This is a strange story told in an unique way. It's told by Bee with the help of emails, letters from school personnel, police reports, medical reports, invoices, etc. This book is satirical; certainly not a book anchored in "everyday life" realism. In this regard, it reminds me a bit of Rachael Joyce's "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye"."Where'd You Go, Bernadette" isn't for everyone. Of course you can say that about every book ever published, but that goes double here. I would've given up on it if not for a reading buddy who pushed me to stick it out. The characters are not likable in the beginning (or understandable), especially Bernadette. But once I got through the first quarter, I was invested in the story. And when I reached the last page, I realized wisps of Bee, Bernadette, and Elgin have been written in my memory bank with a permanent marker. They'll fade, but never completely leave.Can't possibly give this less than 4 stars.4Hollywood EndingFor a time I lived around Cupertino, and I recognized many of the characters. I had the impression that the book would have continued in the vein (would be. 5 star review).However the quarrelsome/crazy women finds an iceberg and is rendered sane and functioning. The 15 year old daughter matures in under an hour and all is right with the world. The husband is sort of left out of the game plan.A quick read and flows well.2Where'd You Go, Bernadette Book ReviewI read this book for the Livre D'Amour book club. I was fairly open to reading something different, and this book seemed like it would be that something. I read the book summary before diving in and was interested in the story. I didn't know much about the novel or what others were saying before reading because I did not want what others thought to sway my reading experience. After getting through about half of the novel, I could kind of guess that this is one of those books where people either loved or hated. I, myself, was on the fence. I kept myself judgement-free for as long as possible.Once I started reading this novel, I realized the setup was new to me. The way Semple portrayed this story was very interesting. The story relies a lot on email conversations and interactions between multiple characters. This was not a novel I could listen to while doing something else as I have a tendency to do. I had to maintain my attention on the story or else I would get lost. However, I did not have trouble with the story's layout. I actually really enjoyed it. I enjoyed Semple's interesting story-telling and was really happy I got to see a different way of writing a novel.I guess one negative thing I have to say about this novel is the whole "where'd you go" part of the title. Even in the book summary, the whole "Bernadette disappeared" originally caught my attention, and I wanted to know about her disappearance and if the main character figures out what happened to her. However, I was fairy disappointed that this novel was not much of a mystery as I had originally thought. Bernadette was present for about sixty-five percent of the novel that I just had to question when she would indeed disappear. By the time she did, I had already lost interest and simply read the story to contribute to the book club. This is not a bad story. I think the fact that I thought this was going to be more of a mystery gave me false expectations, and since it did not go as I thought, I quickly lost interest in what was going on.3Original, smart, and very satisfying.Thank goodness I picked this book back up after not liking the Kindle sample a couple of years ago. It was so odd and quirky laid out as a series of speakers or written communications alternating to roll out the story. So many others loved the book that I gave it another try. I'm so glad I didn't miss this highly entertaining, funny, poignant, and remarkably original work.There are so many layers here, and my review will not do it justice. It is a screamingly funny and intelligent satire of the wealthy, bright, but eccentric "Microsoft executive types" in Seattle. A review on Amazon got it just right: "A whip-smart, hysterical dramady about a family in crisis after the disappearance of its misanthropic matriarch." That matriarch was Bernadette.Bernadette at one time a revolutionary architect with a cult-like following dropped out of that world to accompany her equally brilliant and odd husband to Seattle for his ground-breaking work in artificial intelligence with Microsoft. Their delightful daughter Bee is achieving great things at school and is relatively oblivious to her family's eccentricities or her mother's increasing agitation and agoraphobia in dealing with the "gnats" parents at Bee's school whose antics and priorities are hilariously sublime satire.Bernadette's disappearance sends Bee and her father on a poignant, intense, and globe-trotting search, during which they uncover much about themselves and about the power of love and the importance of being true to one's self.5Mediocre writing, bad storyI decided to read Where d You Go, Bernadette after I saw the trailer for the movie and thought it looked like it would be good. After reading the book I no longer have any interest in the movie. It was that bad. There is not a single likable character in the book. Bee was fine for the first 2/3, but then she showed her true colors and turned out to be just as obnoxious and unlikable as her mother. The affair between Bee s father and his admin, resulting in the admin getting pregnant, is treated as no big deal and almost expected because his wife is a bit nuts. The health and medical claims are often just plain wrong. The actions of the psychiatrist are utterly ridiculous and unprofessional. The writing is mediocre. The author didn t seem to know how to wrap up the story. The last ten pages rambled on way too long. I do not recommend this book at all.1Love it!Reread 2019: on this reread let me tell you something. This book was even better than I remembered it from 2014. I laughed, I Cried and I laughed some more. I think what I take away from this book is truly the love between Bernadette, her daughter Bee and her husband Elgin. Bee and Elgin went to LITERALLY the end of the earth in hopes of finding Bernadette. The way the book is plotted is brilliant and the use of personal emails, reports, letters and police reports only made this book come alive even more. You are in on the journey. This book is one of my favorite books of all time and will continue to be. Please read it! Also the blackberry branch scene is still my favorite!5Unusual and interesting novelI really enjoyed this book - even though it wasn't remotely what I was expecting. Told through a series of narrators, with emails, letters, and texts, this is a tightly-woven contemporary epistolary novel. The primary narrator is Bee, telling the story from her perspective as a young teen daughter. Bernadette, her mother, is a former MacArthur genius award winning architect, who is missing.The book is by turns hilarious and touching. It skewers helicopter parents, high tech, and Seattle. It also focuses on mother-daughter relationships, family dynamics, and creativity. The main characters, including Elgin the father and husband, are unforgettable. This is a book that makes you feel good!4
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