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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

30 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

LOVED

What fun this book was! Quick recap of key characters:

Bernadette – Award winning architect turned recluse who hides out the days in an airstream camper she had installed by her house so she can avoid the house help. She also has a virtual assistant in India who she ...
What fun this book was! Quick recap of key characters:

Bernadette – Award winning architect turned recluse who hides out the days in an airstream camper she had installed by her house so she can avoid the house help. She also has a virtual assistant in India who she hires to basically handle all the day to day duties she has including ordering food, shopping, and planning all the details of their upcoming vacation (at only 75 cents an hour which I confess gave me a momentary idea before I was horrified that I even considered it!).

Elgin “Elgie” – Her Microsoft genius husband who really has no clue of the life that exists around him, including his own family. Such an enigma that he thinks it’s totally appropriate to work at the office without his shoes walking around in only his socks…which is probably gross considering how much it rains in Seattle. How cool would it be to be considered such a god that you could walk around funking up the air around the office and no one would dare tell you to put your shoes back on?

Balakrishna “Bee” – their daughter who is an extremely intelligent child who is probably the most normal character in the book!

The Gnats – What Bernadette calls the other private school moms who are a bunch of self-absorbed and narcissistic women. Their antics constantly had me laughing, while another part of me wanted to poke them in their eyeballs. I actually respected Bernadette a lot for her reserved way of dealing with them instead of giving a karate chop to the neck.

Truly a group of 1 percenters as another reviewer described. Money seems to come out of the water faucets for these people. I suspect they might even use dollars as toilet paper. Their reality is unimaginable for the other 99 percent of the population. Yet somehow…I liked Bernadette. Yes she seems like a nut job and the family has no idea how the rest of the world lives, but she is a woman who loves her child.

I found it laugh out loud funny throughout. The majority was written in various forms of correspondence format. I was really pulling for Bernadette despite all her flaws (because are we not all flawed? Just in different ways?). I was really pulling for Bernadette and hoping she would be found. As for if she was, you will have to read for yourself to find out.

People will probably either love it or not, depending on whether or not you can suspend belief while reading it.

posted by OurBookAddiction on October 6, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

14 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

Technical difficulties

This was a fun and cute book and I really wanted to buy it, but the sample was so buggy: pages duplicated and/or in the wrong order. I was confused and had to stop reading.

posted by Anonymous on August 24, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Don't bother

    Couldn't get into this book at all.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

    Why bother?

    This book is supposed to be funny. I guess I've not got the appropriate sense of humor, and find myself annoyed at the writing style. Everything appears to be in shorthand, no interesting language used, forget about poetry. And the characters have no depth, except perhaps the teenager. I guess some would say that's the point, but so what? A waste of my valuable reading time. I could be reading Murakami. Or Austen.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    What's the hype about?

    I abandoned this book.

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Spoiler

    I lovedtgis book initially ... then i got to like the last five pages and could not stand the ending--- wha ends up happening to everyone? Theres no closure ... and I would never forgive a marred man who got someone else pregnant.... that was just the most unattractive thing about Bernadette.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Loved this book! There were ups and downs and somethings I would have preferred to have been different, but the hilarity makes it a true winner. I love the way Semple writes.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    Book Club Selection

    Fun & heartwarming read. The characters were so rich had their own
    roles... Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    Robin EMERGENCY CALL#1: ROBOTS ATTACK DOWNTOWN

    ATTACK!!!!!!

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Unsympathetic characters and improbable story

    I was very bored by this book. Skimmed through end.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    A hoot!

    Bernadette is my hero! What an enjoyable romp. Told from different perspectives, Bernadette's story is simply a blast.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    Lantern

    Why matt

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 22, 2013

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    Posted March 28, 2013

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    Posted September 9, 2013

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