Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Reviewed by Holly (Library Patron)

This is really an unusual story with a lot of weird twists and turns. It is written in the form of a series of letters. Readers may need to adjust to that. I also think it may be helpful to know ahead of time that the author had been a writer on the TV show, “Arrested Development”. If you enjoyed the wackiness of that show you might have found yourself an enjoyable read.

All of the characters are flawed and the author reveals them to the reader through events that occur within the book’s plot. As I tried to tell a family member about the events in this book, I found myself forgetting or interjecting side notes as I trudged through the book from cover to cover. Even though I didn’t necessarily have too much in common with Bernadette (the main character), I could relate to the struggles and life choices that she faces in the course of this book. Bernadette appears to be a person who prefers to live her life unplugged from others and situations that require her to make decisions or act. The only factor that compels her to overcome her hermit type existence is her daughter, Bee. The book begins with her daughter “cashing in” on a promise that her parents made regarding a perfect report card. The parents told Bee she could pick somewhere to go on a family trip if she got a perfect report card. She picked Antarctica! If you decide to read this book, get ready to suspend your mind’s sense of regular life events and enjoy this unbelievable literal ride.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC SEMPLE)

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