If there is one thing I learned in 2012 it is that if Chelsey from Chels and a Book recommends a particular novel to you, then you should go and pick up a copy right away! Over the course of the year she insisted that I read The Taker by Alma Katsu, Sutton by J.R. Moehringer, and The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. All three of these novels instantly became some of my all-time favourite reads. As a result, when Chelsey began championing Where’d You Go Bernadette I should have put down everything and started reading it immediately! Being the foolish person that I am, however, I passed it by and left it to perish on my ever growing to be read list. Shame on me!
If it weren’t for the genius of my boyfriend (who saw Chelsey’s blurb about the book in Chapters and bought me a copy for Christmas), I don’t know if I ever would have gotten around to picking Where’d You Go Bernadette up! I started reading it as soon as the holidays were over and fell instantly in love!
Narrated through a series of letters and emails, Where’d You Go Bernadette is a quirky and sweet story about a mother suffering from agoraphobia who suddenly disappears before a family vacation to Antarctica. I know. That is probably the worst synopsis of a novel that I’ve ever done. But as you’ll see in the book trailer below, attempting to describe this novel is harder than it looks! For a much better introduction to Where’d You Go Bernadette, check out Chelsey’s fabulous review of the book here! It is probably the most unique book review that I have ever read!
I guess all that I can really say is that Where’d You Go Bernadette is fabulous, fun, and terribly addicting! I read the first 200 pages in one night because I couldn’t bear to put it down! When I finally finished reading it I felt the urge to pick it up and start the journey with Bernadette and Bee all over again! It now holds a place of honour on my bookshelf, and has made it to my list of all-time favourite reads. If there is one book that you plan on reading in 2013 it should definitely be Where’d You Go Berndatte!
P.S. Chelsey, if you are reading this then know that I’ve already put Born Weird on hold at the library! I’ve definitely learned my lesson when it comes to your book recommendations! 🙂