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!
OMG, yes, I am sure I missed so much and this is definitely a dialogue vs. action book
Spontaneous and so different, I laughed out loud many times, it was so bizarre but you can't make this stuff up. I loved the sign incident, but it was such a sweet story.
Not sure, but I was OK with her, after all she made me laugh
Is this for real?
Loved this book, I am sorry it ended and I don't say that about too many books
Yes, this book kept me engaged, listening whenever possible.
Not knowing what is going to happen next.
Her voice, and energy bring the story to life!!
Yes, when the family is separated in more ways than one.
Really a great story!! Intelligent! You should listen to this one!! Entertaining!
I heard the author reading an excerpt from this story on the radio and then found that it was available on Audible. It was so much fun, it made my commute this past week really painless! The characters were funny, it was not predicatable, the format was so novel, that I'd love to hear more from this author and even about this familiy! Since in some parts of the narration, the main character is an eighth grader, you may think that it is written for a young adult reader, but I found it light and refreshing. I'd share it with my college age kids, but recommend it for those of us who might be tempted to hire an internet assistant to do all of the daily chores.
I loved Bernadette and also thought that the portrayal of her arch enemy Audrey Griffin was very funny.
I don't think that I would listen to it again but that would only be because I do not often reread books.
Bernadette is my favorite character because she is such a lively and vibrant person. She has such a quirky personality which I adored throughout the book.
I think that Bea is performed the best by the narrator
There was not a particular moment that moved me.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a book that kept my interest. I really loved it!
This is a great story from a knowledgeable, insightful writer. Much more interesting than the description as it takes off on unexpected riffs about sustainable architecture, upper-class private schooling, internet fraud, the Microsoft culture, Seattle's foibles, and of course love and family. The two main female characters, mother and daughter, are unlike any I've encountered in fiction, ever. I can hardly take it out of my ears.
Plus, the narrator is so lively and expressive. She adds enormously to the enjoyment. I would listen to another book read by her just to hear her again.
This is one of the few times I've reviewed a book. As a Seattle resident and former MS contractor I really enjoyed all the references. It made me laugh and I found the main character so quirky and endearing. I definitely recommend it.