Summary (from Goodreads):
Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.
Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.
To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.
I had heard great things about this book and was very eager to read it. It became available at the library (of course, when I already had a few books out), but I made the time and worked my way through. It’s wasn’t as gripping or exciting as I hoped. It’s a decent read that gave me a few giggles, but I wasn’t invested until about 3/4 of the way through. Granted, I’ve been a bit preoccupied. With all that being said, I’d recommend that you give it a chance. It’s a cute, light, enjoyable read. Just not a page-turner for me!
Rating: 3 out of 5