Our book club read this and we ALL loved it!! Funny, clever and so creative... It's hard to explain the book, but I keep telling people about it and to read it and those that do also enjoy it and even have said it's the best book they've read in a long time!
This book takes on the perspective of a precocious teen called Bee, who tries to balance living with her very different parents and orchestrating a trip to Antarctica. I enjoyed the second half of the book (when Semple gets into the meat of the mother, Bernadette) and wish there would have been more of that from the start. Easy book to pick up and put down- perfect to enjoy in a lawn chair or at the beach!
I really liked this book a lot. This book I would say is greatly written in correspondence format which is what I like because it does make it a quick read but it allows us the reader inside several characters minds and their thought process which makes this book quite hard to follow at times. In the end this is a quite enjoyable quick read.
This was one of those totally plot-driven stories that's a great summer read. I couldn't give a whit about any of the characters. Normally I'd want to feel sympathy for a child, but this one didn't do much for me. :) I did enjoy the threads of the story, though...least so the microsoft emails/memos and most the emails between Audrey and Soo-Lin. I was also overly amused by the "gnats" reference. I used to live near people like that. That was worth the price of admission right there. Grab a glass of wine and enjoy!
I read this on a whim at the suggestion of a friend. It proved to be a quick, laugh out loud read. Bernadette (the mother), is very tounge-in-cheek and speaks to the rediculousless of one-upping Mom's. The voice in this is perfect. I'm usually not a fan of chapter by chapter narrator switches, but this was well done and left me wanting more.
I usually don't like unreliable narrators (thinking of "Gone Girl" here!), and Bernadette and Audrey annoyed me at first with their back and forth stories told through e-mails, notes, journal entries, etc. But like the blackberry vines surrounding Bernadette's house, the narrative grew on me. It was funny, then it got ridiculous, then it became a little transcendental.
A fun light read about motherhood, anxiety, architecture, psychology, private schools, and Antarctica.