Well, what'd you think?!
I feel the need to pause, for a moment before jumping in, and tell you what I'm doing. I'm sitting in the quiet nook in my room, at our antique poppy card table, and with my 3rd cup of coffee while my girls nap. True is with G since it's Saturday (the day that I'm actually writing this).
I finished this book weeks ago! And as far as I know, so did most who read along with Chloe & I! I've made the mistake of waiting weeks to write my discussion post (and it still won't publish for another week+)! I shoulda written it immediately after finishing the book whilst it was still uber fresh in my mind.
In complete honesty, this part feels like homework. The second I finished the book, I was done with it. Ready to move on. So to sit and reflect, while not actually being in a coffee shop with friends, is a challenge for me. Perhaps a group of us should Skype and post a video of the meeting, ha! No, this will be fine. But, I'm committing to writing my discussion post immediately following each book from here on out. While my excitement, passion, and opinion about the book are still fresh in my mind. Okay, so here we go...
I loved reading this book. Loved it. I laughed out loud in the beginning numerous times. I found Bernadette to be hysterical and thought that she might well be my alter ego.
However, then it of course began to turn a bit more serious. While still being funny at times, I began to mourn the loss of her awesomeness in the way of her career. And I suffered over her grief, both for before and after her having Bee.
I loved the relationship between Bernadette and Bee, and I thought the overall family dynamic was good. I liked Elgie and, despite some of his poor decisions, his love for Bernadette and Bee was undeniable.
Once I was about seventy pages from the end, it was torture not to read. But I chose not to until I was able to sit down with enough time to finish the book. Picking away at it, at that point, was simply not an option! So there was a span of about a week where I didn't sit down with the book at all.
When I finally did get the time to finish, I was glad about how the book ended. I don't think I could have handled a Nicholas Sparks ending, not to compare authors on any level whatsoever. The ending left me with lots of questions, but I could be content with that Bernadette was not only alive, but with that her spirit was also on the mend. I however was sad simply for the book being over. I enjoyed the read so much, that even though I was happy with the ending, I was in a funk for not having the book to read anymore; for not having the book to look forward to. The feeling reminded me of one I'd get after my favorite sitcom's weekly episode was over when I was a kid. A feeling like, well now what?
Here's what I thought about the 5 main Characters in 5 words or less:
Bernadette- brilliant, delusional, witty, devoted
Elgie- good man, devoted, temporarily derailed
Bee- compassionate, devoted, promising w/ strong character
Soo-Lin- annoying, in touch with reality
Audrey Griffin- in denial, neurotic, unrealistically changed
My ratings of various aspects of the book, with 10 being the best:
Plot/Story- 10 // super original and stayed interesting without lulls.
Writing style- 10 // it took me a few pages to get into it, but loved it!
Pace- 9 // just right; I could put it down but looked forward to picking it back up.
Length- 10 // perfect, although I feel like I could read about this story forever.
Characters- 8 // this is the only thing that I found a little off. I'm not sure that the development of the characters was realistic. However, the characters definitely kept me engaged in the story. So, they must have been good!
Ending- 9 // I was happy, but it didn't exactly end with closure. There was a lot left unresolved.
Overall- 9 // I would definitely recommend it.
I give Where'd You Go, Bernadette a strong thumbs up...
her blog!! I can't wait to know what you think!
Chloe and I will post this month's book on both blogs tomorrow!!!
X O X O X, JL