Published by Little, Brown and Company on August 14th 2012
Source: Obtained at BEA 2012
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.
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.
Yes, I joined another book club. This one is also at my closest and most beloved library- the Libbie Mill Library. Unlike the main book club, which reads mostly literary books, The Quirky, Questionable and Clever Book Club will focus on more pop culture hits.
Our first meet up was the first Monday of March, where we discussed our thoughts on Where’d You Go, Bernadette? I was excited because I already owned a copy (a signed one I got at a BEA some time ago) that I hadn’t yet read. For some reason, I’m always confusing this book with that one Me Before You, and I’m not sure why I do that.
I liked the book, it reminded me a bit of Big Little Lies, mostly in the scenes where Bernadette had to deal with the school moms. The book definitely hit all the words in our book club- the characters were quirky, questionable and clever. Almost too quirky, at least for most of the book club members. I was definitely one of the few members that really liked reading it, but even I wasn’t a big fan of the ending.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette makes for a good discussion book. Not because it was universally loved and adored, but because there’s a lot to talk about- mostly how incompetent all the adults were.
At the end, Barbara, our fearless librarian leader, asked us to pick a song to go with the book (which I’ve since found out is a thing we’ll be doing for every book). Normally I’m not good on the spot like that, but I was able to come up with a song that I still think fits- There She Goes, the cover song performed by Sixpence None the Richer. This is what Barbara put together for us:
Our group average rating was 6.06 out of 10, but I liked it a bit more, and my Midnight Book Rating is:
Our April read is: