Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

By Maria Semple

  • Release Date: 2012-08-14
  • Genre: Family
Where'd You Go, Bernadette book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 3,368 Ratings)

Where'd You Go, Bernadette Maria Semple Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

A misanthropic matriarch leaves her eccentric family in crisis when she mysteriously disappears in this "whip-smart and divinely funny" novel that inspired the movie starring Cate Blanchett (New York Times).

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 her best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette vanishes. It all 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, and secret correspondence -- creating a compulsively readable and surprisingly touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

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  • Where did you go Bernadette

    By Catinmv
    Loved this book. So well written and stayed true to the end.
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  • Hilarious, witty sarcastic and pessimistic view of a jaded middle aged mom

    By kaykaybean13
    So many mothers will relate to the impulsive reactions Bernadette has to over involved and elitist parents who are invested in their child’s KINDERGARTEN acceptance. You know what’s coming down the ramp when this kid is college application ready. Great story of an artistic genius who doesn’t conform to the norms, exhibits quirky, off the cuff behavior but does this quirkiness have more to it?? Couldn’t put it downp
  • A let down

    By Patsy82
    I had high hopes for this book because I had read good reviews and also saw where it was going to be made into a movie. The book flipped back and forth to much to really get interested in the actual story plot, it told past and present in a mix between emails, first person and third person, I like to be sucked into a books story line and i want to feel connected with the characters, this book was impossible for me to do that. I gave three stars because I did like how one of the moms enemies, that was out to get her ended up helping her when she needed it, I thought Audrey’s story was far more interesting than some of the main characters.. I may read another book by this author and see if this is her go to writing style and if it is then I don’t guess her books are for me..
  • Depressing book

    By Yankees5825
    Slow moving, and depressing book. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. It was a waste of money.
  • Disappointed

    By Frenchy Girl 2016
    Was loving this book until the last section and it took a turn to boring and anti climatic.
  • Loved it!

    By Peonies+Magnokia
    Charming and laugh out loud funny, I recommend this book to everyone.
  • Excellent Novel

    By Graceful prancer
    Fantastic book from start to finish. The beginning, like any other, was slow, yet makes more sense if you reread the first few pages. I can’t wait for the movie!
  • I love it

    By littlesuperstar22
    I couldn't stop reading it ... loved everything about it
  • Loved it!

    By Lauren D. 
    This book was awesome and i have been searching for something like it ever since. Hoping to enjoy "Today Will Be Different" but the reviews are making me not so sure about it.

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