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. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
Please note: I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher and I voluntarily chose to write a review
Now this is definitely a book I plan to read again in the future. It had me cracking up, I loved the characters and ultimately I found the method of the story telling fantastic. The best part about the approach was that we got to know different characters in different ways, which created some distinct impressions that were both proven and disproven as the story unfolds.
The best part was seeing how Bee handled the outside world’s picture of Bernadette and refusing to let it corrupt their relationship. I could have easily seen this book going in many other directions, but ultimately the way it unfolded was perfect. The added bonus of having the story including the context of Antarctica was an absolutely delight to me. It’s on the list of places I will definitely be trying to go!
Warning: Contains mild violence.
Rating: 5 stars!
Who should read it? Anyone looking for a laugh, a book told in an interesting format or just something to change the pace.