Like most of you I'm an avid reader. I'm hoping to re-connect with old friends, make new friends, and of course spread the love of reading and writing around to everyone!
It's the busiest time of the year, so I decided to forego all my expected obligations, and sat down with this delightful read instead. I'm really glad I did because this was just what I needed!
This was one of those rare books that spoke to me through it's wonderfully flawed adult characters (hint everyone's KRAZY in his or her own unique ways!) and made me LOVE the narrator Bee, who's adventerous, intellegent, and comes to her own conclusions about the chaos that swirls around her on a daily basis.
I also really liked how the book was laid out. The information comes to the reader via emails, letters, logs, and confidential FBI documents that Bee has collected to form her version of the book. Brilliant on Maria Semple's part for letting the reader connect with Bee from the beginning, as well as, to set the stage for the mystery; the disappearance of Bee's mom, Bernadette.
Bernadette's fabulous too! She's the kind of person I could be friends with. She comes across as being flaky, but in reality, she's brilliant. She's the most influential architect no one's ever heard of, since she's constantly disappearing in different ways throughout the book. It takes courage for Bernadette to go on the Antarctic voyage by herself, in order to come back around to appearing again, for Bee, as well as herself, by putting the experience in her own words for perspective at the end.
Highly recommended for readers who have wished to disappear (either literally or figuratively), have relocated or even stayed put geographically but had to adjust to a new way of life, have called into question their sanity, have felt like an outsider, or are just looking for a fun and hilarious read that's different; then this book is for you!
I leave you now with some breath taking views of Antarctica:
It makes me wish I was there.