Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

 

Overview: Bernadette Fox has vanished. When her daughter Bee claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, Bernadette, a fiercely intelligent shut-in, throws herself into preparations for the trip. But worn down by years of trying to live the Seattle life she never wanted, Ms. Fox is on the brink of a meltdown. And after a school fundraiser goes disastrously awry at her hands, she disappears, leaving her family to pick up the pieces. Which is exactly what Bee does, weaving together an elaborate web of emails, invoices, and school memos that reveals a secret past Bernadette has been hiding for decades. Where’d You Go Bernadette is an ingenious and unabashedly entertaining novel about a family coming to terms with who they are, and the power of a daughter’s love for her mother.

My Review: I ended up really liking this book. At first I thought it was a bit slow but once Bernadette went missing, I had to know what happened. I liked that the book was written through various pieces of correspondence between characters. It was fun to read emails, faxes, FBI reports, and more. Bernadette’s daughter, Bee, narrated throughout the book and it was interesting to read from her perspective. The book was funny, satirical, and exciting. I recommend it!

Next: The next books I’m reading are Me Before You and Lilly.

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Book Review: The Fault In Our Stars

The Fault In Our Stars

Overview (Barnes and Noble):

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

My Review:

Are you hoping to stay up on a red-eye flight unable to put down a book while tearing up and possibly crying a tiny bit? I have the book for you. Read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. The Fault in Our Stars is a heart-wrenching love story about Augustus and Hazel, two teens who meet at Cancer Kid Support Group and fall in love. I would tell you more, but I don’t want to give anything away. It was incredible. I was reluctant to read it, I try to steer away from sad books, but everyone was talking about it and recommended I read it before seeing the movie. My friend and I decided to read it together. I am glad that we did. It was brilliant, poignant, emotional, and made me stop and think about literature, psychology, health, love, and life. Read it.

I’m reading The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer now. Did you read The Fault in Our Stars? What did you think? What should I read next?