Where'd You Go, Bernadette By Maria Semple

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

By Maria Semple

  • Release Date: 2012-08-14
  • Genre: Family
Score: 4.5
4.5
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Description

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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  • Hilarious, witty sarcastic and pessimistic view of a jaded middle aged mom

    5
    By kaykaybean13
    So many mothers will relate to the impulsive reactions Bernadette has to over involved and elitist parents who are invested in their childโ€™s KINDERGARTEN acceptance. You know whatโ€™s coming down the ramp when this kid is college application ready. Great story of an artistic genius who doesnโ€™t conform to the norms, exhibits quirky, off the cuff behavior but does this quirkiness have more to it?? Couldnโ€™t put it downp
  • A let down

    3
    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 Audreyโ€™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 donโ€™t guess her books are for me..
  • Depressing book

    1
    By Yankees5825
    Slow moving, and depressing book. I wouldnโ€™t recommend it to anyone. It was a waste of money.
  • Disappointed

    2
    By Frenchy Girl 2016
    Was loving this book until the last section and it took a turn to boring and anti climatic.
  • Loved it!

    5
    By Peonies+Magnokia
    Charming and laugh out loud funny, I recommend this book to everyone.
  • Excellent Novel

    5
    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 canโ€™t wait for the movie!
  • I love it

    5
    By littlesuperstar22
    I couldn't stop reading it ... loved everything about it
  • Loved it!

    5
    By Lauren D. ๎Œฉ
    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.
  • Where'd you go, Bernedette

    4
    By 2468snoozy
    I don't write many reviews but I do read a lot of books. This was the quirkiest story...ever...and I loved it. It took a while to actually get In to it. About half way through...i couldn't put it down. It made me smile, laugh, shack my head. I had fabulous visions of All the happenings and places. I really enjoyed it.