This book is an utter delight. People of all ages will connect with the characters of this book. You will laugh as you wonder where Bernadette went. We all have interacted with the characters of this book in our real lives which is what makes this so incredibly funny and relatable. I would recommend this to women of all ages.
I would have given the book 5 stars but for the profanity. It was just too much. Lots of profanity in general but especially many F words that added nothing and distracted greatly especially when uttered by the young teen. With so many great ways to express oneself, I would have appreciated more creativity in the expression of the characters frustration. I would have recommended this to our book club but for that. It's too bad because I loved the story.
I was recommended this book by my brother in law, he said it was an amazing read that I HAVE to read it. Unfortunately I don't have time to sit down to read an actual book, so I invested in audible and I love it. Off topic. Any way, what I am getting at is, it was extremely difficult to get into this book completely at first because the voice was not something I could listen to for hours without turning it off, or getting distracted and tuning it out. I HIGHLY recommend listening to the sound clip first. With that being said, I think the story was great. Loved the plot and the characters. Would read another book by this author as long and the same woman doesn't narrate again.
The narration was nothing short of exceptional. Every character had a clearly different voice and personality that was so perfectly portrayed. Wow! The story was not full of laugh-out-louds like I was led to believe... Nonetheless, the characters were likeable, the story progressed well, and the plot had enough twists and turns to keep me fully entertained! Written in a letter-exchange style, it was clear that the letters went into far greater detail than any true letter would... But hey... Suspension of disbelief, and it paints great pictures in your head! Enjoyable.
Probably. Kathleen Wilhoite does an amazing job of getting the tone of each character just right, from the naive B to the snarky school moms, Su-Lee and Audrey.
These characters are just SOOO self absorbed, you want to hate them, but you wind up getting sucked into their stories and enjoying every over the top situation that leads to the mess they make of their lives.
Kathleen Wilhoite's performance actually saved this book from itself. Without her narration, these characters would have just been too much to take. Fortunately, the narration helped to give them the comic twist they needed and the whole story just rocked along.
No, I enjoyed listening in bits and pieces, because the story isn't linear, so it was just as enjoyable to come back to it at each listen and pick up a little more about each character.
I randomly selected this book from its rave reviews, and I wasn't disappointed. I was looking for some good fiction and this book was great. The plot and characters are quirky and unique. I definitely recommend!
I was completely absorbed in the book from very early on. The telling of a story through letters and from the perspective of a young girl was so much fun, and the way the story kept building and unfolding was very well done. Absolutely recommend.
It started out o.k. Reading the epistolary format took some adjustment. I really liked the quirky, strange, and eccentric character Bernadette. Especially, when she writes a hilarious letter to her friend Paul describing Seattle. The author is super descriptive and at some points in the book it'a great. At other points in the books it's kind of like "ENOUGH ALREADY, get to the point." Overall, I like the creative way to book was formulated, the audio was great, the story not so much.
Mom on a mission
Loved the realness of the characters but the narrator's infantile voices for women and girls made me crazy. Almost couldn't get past it but just when I was ready to return the book the characters and plot sunk the hook.