Monday, February 25, 2013

#BookReview: Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple

Bernadette Fox is brilliant, some would even say she's a genius.  But being that brilliant and that smart doesn't come without a price.  She's nuttier than a fruitcake, though her husband and daughter don't seem to notice.

A recluse, Bernadette prefers to keep her contact with the outside world to a minimum.  Almost all of her business is conducted through emails to an online concierge in India.  She ventures out occasionally, but more often than not, she sends her husband, a Microsoft guru, and her daughter, a brilliant in her own right teen, Bee, out without her.

Bernadette and her husband promised Bee that if she got straight As through middle school, she could have anything she wanted.  And what Bee wants is a trip to Antarctica.  As you can imagine, the thought of leaving the house and traveling that far around all of those people is just a bit more than Bernadette can handle, but she's determined to do it for Bee.  The closer they get to departure, the more Bernadette spins out of control and before anyone realizes what's happening, she disappears.

This book was absolutely hilarious.  Bernadette's antics when dealing with the other parents at Bee's school had me in stitches.  I also loved the narrator.  At first I couldn't figure out her voice, I just knew that it sounded very familiar.  Then it dawned on me...Pepper Ann! That's right, Kathleen Wilhoite, who played Luke's sister Liz on Gilmore Girls, also voiced the lead character of one of my favorite cartoons, Pepper Ann.  She did a fabulous job of voicing Bernadette, Bee, Elgin and every other character.  There's no doubt that the book was funny, but her narration made it even more so.

Published: August 2012
Listening time: 9 hours, 39 minutes

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