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.