I’m of nature a fast reader, but when I can say that I’ve finished reading a book within a day it can mean only two things, 1) it’s super thin or 2) it’s bloody darn brilliant. And Where’d You Go Bernadette definitely falls in the latter category.
WYGB is written by Maria Semple and has gained many 5-star reviews throughout the Net, and there’s no reason not to like the book.
“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.”
The book is very easy to read with an easy-breezy storyline in the beginning, but starts to twist and go deep(er) towards the end of the plot. It’s ever so slightly leaning towards a satire and the way the book is compiled may throw you off your game during the first few pages, but that’s actually what makes the book special and intriguing to read.
Personally I loved this book and it was a good change from the thriller genre I’ve been reading lately. It’s got the right amount of fun and romance and I can tell you this now: the ending is something you’ve never would’ve came up with yourself. Well, at least it surprised me and made the book even more fun to read. Definitely worth picking up when you’re not sure what type of book you should read next, as I’m quite confident that it’ll suit everyone’s reading-buds —no matter what your genre is.