Funny! Different! More.
Bernadette is a classic! She has the nerve to do things I would love to do.
Of course, the blackberry vine incident!
Her visions about housing!
I would listen to this story again. There are characters that are at first unlikable. No, better yet, unliked by the main characters. As we get to know them better, they become more sympathetic. I would enjoy listening to these characters as they are introduced to the story again, so that I could hear them them in this new light.
I also enjoyed this narrator in particular. I would seek her out, it I didn't have a book in mind. She does a great job with a wide range of voices, including a overwrought teenager and a pushy neighbor.
This is hard to say. It's such a refreshing story. About, Mothers, daughters. Empty nests and so much more I am finding hard to compare to another book that would still maintain it's funny light touch on some heavy topics.
The description of the icebergs.
I wouldn't. It's perfect.
I truly enjoyed this book on every level.
Reader & Listener
I felt I finally had a context for this book when I found out the author was a writer for "Arrested Development." The characters in this nutty mystery were not created in any mold I recognized. OK, maybe the precocious but unconventional 14 year-old Bee watching out for her agoraphobic mother, Bernadette, or the clueless, aspirational Microsoft drone, or the high-and-mighty private school PTA diva, or the consultant hired to attract "Mercedes Parents" to their school look familiar, but everyone has their unexpected edge, and I couldn't wait to hear what happened next. Oh, the situations are preposterous: the personal assistant who manages Bernadette's needs to the nth degree from India, Bernadette's hilltop manse invaded by blackberry canes, a family holiday to Antarctica--but it is all spun together with surprising credibility in a myriad of delightful voices. And all of this buoyant hilarity arising from soggy Seattle--Gotta love it!
I enjoyed the fast pace of the novel sped along with the varying formats, characters and story twists. As quirky timeline of a family of high achievers who are still embroiled in all the trivialities of typical families it is both easy and engrossing.
For anyone who has felt out of place at a school conference or needed a social escape, this book will make you howl with laughter and smile with it's sharp and intelligent humor. Bee is a fantastic narrator amid mixed letters and dialogues between believable characters.
The painting of the character Bernadette and her thoughts are superb. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun but heart warming book.
I was intrigued by the snappy cover of Where'd You Go, Bernadette and was happy to discover that the story inside matched the contemporary tone of the cover. It is well written, entertaining fiction about a Seattle mom who was basically an architectural one-hit-wonder in her youth and is struggling with depression now that she is not creating any more. Despite Bernadette's depression, it is a very humorous book. WYGB is tinged with some serious issues, but they all have funny consequences that keeps the mood light.
I really did enjoy listening to this novel. The characters are fun and the POV was unique. The mystery is much further into the book than the summary indicates, so I stayed in a state of anticipation. Just enjoy the book and ignore the title and summary. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had. It isn't the funniest book I have ever read (Molly Harper and Jennifer Cruise make me laugh aloud often), but it was funny and witty. It is a well-written and entertaining book that was perfect for vacation!
unusual, entertaining, depth
Burnadette's husband Elgin Branch was a wonderfully written character. He begins as someone you think you can easily pinpoint, but transforms as the book moves on.
Bernadette - the voices for her character were spot on.
The point where Elgin gives up hope, but Bee is still determined to find her mom.
Worth the read!
Already did. The story is so easy to fall into. Clever, sharp writing and fantastic narration.
Bernadette. So unique. I was fascinated and amused by her at every turn.
Can't pick just one.
Totally worth the credit. Everyone I know who loves to read/listen loved this book. Highly recommended!