Book Review: Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple


This is the first book I finished in 2013! I am using it for the Treasure Hunt (a question mark), Eclectic Reader Challenge (Humor), Women Challenge, Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge, Bookworm Bitches 2013 A-Z Title Challenge, 52 Books in 52 Weeks, and Book Club Friday.

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.

Verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. I won this book in a giveaway months ago and then became really eager to read it when I found out so many people put it on their “Best Books of 2012” lists and the author used to write for Arrested Development. But I didn’t love it. I know it is a satire but I didn’t find it that funny. It was intriguing, and the more I read the more interested I was, so finishing it wasn’t a problem. But at the end I was just kind of like… It was OK. Bernadette was a jerk and her husband was a clueless idiot. I also don’t love when books use emails and other kinds of correspondence in the format, which this one does.




  1. I’ve been wondering about this one. It doesn’t really seem like the type of book I’d enjoy reading, but I keep hearing such great things about it. So in a way it is a little refreshing to hear a somewhat negative review over it. I think I’d still consider reading it, but don’t necessarily see that happening anytime soon.

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