So, I have mixed feelings about this book. I picked it up because I LOVE Parks and Recreation. There were a lot of things I loved about the book--theSo, I have mixed feelings about this book. I picked it up because I LOVE Parks and Recreation. There were a lot of things I loved about the book--the sections about Poehler's family and children, her observations on women tearing each other down ("Good for her but not for me" will be my new mantra!), and the apology and Haiti sections were beautiful. I should point out I listened to the audio book which was super fun because of all the special guests. However, there was too much profanity in the book for me, and there were a couple of sections (just blips, really) that were crude. These things didn't ruin the book for me, but I would be hesitant to recommend it to someone else. And if this review is making you think, "Oh, what a prude," here is what I have to say to you. Good for you but not for me. :)...more
I just really enjoyed this book. It was funny, odd, surprising, and disarming. It is similar to an epistolary novel, but the narrative is mostly constI just really enjoyed this book. It was funny, odd, surprising, and disarming. It is similar to an epistolary novel, but the narrative is mostly constructed from emails, transcripts, letters, faxes, billing statements, etc. with some narrative sections added to hold it all together. I love the way the evidence is presented, and the reader, like the characters, is left to draw her own conclusions.
Bernadette Fox has disappeared. This is evident from the beginning, and the book begins in the months before her disappearance chronicling her misadventures with the city of Seattle. Bernadette is a misunderstood and lapsed genius living in a dilapidated former girls school with her family. B is an 8th grader with enough charm, personality, and intelligence to win anyone over, and Bernadette's husband, Elgie, is a genius developer at Microsoft.
Bernadette has spent the last few years in relative isolation which is a cause for disdain among the other parents at B's private school. They actively dislike her, and she calls them "the gnats." Bernadette's isolation has gone so far that she has hired a virtual assistant in India to do everything from ordering groceries to paying her bills to organizing a family trip to Antarctica (B's idea).
Events come to a head as the family prepares for this trip, and their world begins to quickly unravel as questions of perception vs. reality twist their lives. Soon Bernadette will go missing from her own life, but maybe she's already been missing for years.
This book is truly hilarious in some parts and truly disturbing in others. It continually shocked and surprised me, and that is hard to do. I highly recommend it!
I'm giving it four stars instead of five because the fifteen-year-olds seemed more like eleven-year-olds in several scenes. This is probably more jarring to me since I'm around middle schoolers all the time, so I have a pretty good grasp of maturity levels. It didn't detract from the book too much.
Warning: There is profanity sprinkled throughout the book, but it never felt gratuitous to me. ...more
This one has a bit of a slow start, but it's worth the effort. It's just hilarious and embarrassingly relatable, and the author's ultimate message ofThis one has a bit of a slow start, but it's worth the effort. It's just hilarious and embarrassingly relatable, and the author's ultimate message of self-acceptance is one we all need to hear. I listened to the audiobook which is read by Miranda Hart, and that really made it awesome. I feel like we're friends now. ...more
Oh, how I love Jasper Fforde! The newest book in the Thursday Next series begins in the BookWorld where the written Thursday Next is trying hold thingOh, how I love Jasper Fforde! The newest book in the Thursday Next series begins in the BookWorld where the written Thursday Next is trying hold things together in the series when she gets a call from Jurisfiction to investigate the crime scene of a destroyed book. She's fairly certain Commander Herring is looking for a cursory investigation since she's not nothing like the real Thursday. She nervous and fearful in dangerous situations, and flunked out of her Jurisfiction training on the first day.
She ants to make Herring happy, but something is holding her back. It could have something to do with the real Thursday whose been missing for a couple of weeks, and the written Thursday can't get a straight answer from anyone.
With the help of her mechanical butler, Thursday will begin an investigation that will lead her across the genres, into the Real World, and into the heart of fiction itself.
Jasper Fforde manages to crate an engaging mystery full of humor and "inside" jokes that true reader can enjoy. If you love reading, and you haven't tried this series, you are missing out on a unique experience!...more
When Elner Shimfissle is stung to death by wasps, her death affects all the people in her life, and they reflect on their lives and relationships withWhen Elner Shimfissle is stung to death by wasps, her death affects all the people in her life, and they reflect on their lives and relationships with Elner. Meanwhile, Elner is learning a bit about the afterlife, which is not quite what she expected. I enjoyed this book and laughed aloud several times while reaidng it, but ultimately there were some awkward parts, and the ending was a bit unsatisfying....more