Where’d you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

I have been meaning to read book since it came out. There are just so many books on my To Be Read list that I never got around to it. Even though I read great reviews about this book online and from other book lovers, I still procrastinated reading it.  When I finally started reading it, I was hooked. I finished it in two days. What did I love about this book? Everything!

I knew some of what the book was about. As I started reading more into it I found it to be hilarious. I have a family member who is an architect, while I was reading about the ways of Bernadette and her obsessiveness to her profession I related that to the same behaviors of my family member. Then they make references to Seattle and the people of Seattle and different they are, it made me think of my other family members. HA. HA.  The references to both are both so accurate I  wanted to keep reading to get to her thoughts on them more and more.

I loved it! If you haven’t read it, don’t deprive yourself of this wonderful book any longer.

bernadetteBernadette 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.

Some of my favorite quotes from Where’d You Go, Bernadette

“I hated my life enough without having to drive past a Buca di Beppo four times a day.”

“Grace said, “I’m bored.” “Yeah,” Bee mimicked, “I’m bored.” Bernadette pulled the car over, took off her seat belt, and turned around. “That’s right,” she told the girls. “You’re bored. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret about life. You think it’s boring now? Well, it only gets more boring. The sooner you learn it’s on you to make life interesting, the better off you’ll be.”

“See, that’s why I call the mothers there “gnats.” Because they’re annoying, but not so annoying that you actually want to spend valuable energy on them.”

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