Review: Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple

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Title: Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Author: Maria Semple

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Release Date: August 14th 2012

Pages: 330

My Rating: ★★ 1/2 (2.5/5)

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“Just because it’s complicated, just because you think you can’t ever know everything about another person, it doesn’t mean you can’t try.”

Hello everyone. Welcome to my first book review of March! Quite frankly, I love writing these posts. And I hope you’ve all been enjoying reading them as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them!

First up this month, we have Where’d You Go, Bernadette. You’ve probably heard about this book before in one way or another, most likely because it’s being adapted into a major film with Cate Blanchett. It’s all about a woman named Bernadette who, after a series of incidents, disappears from her life and her daughter, Bee, decides to embark on a search for her. Made up of letters, documents, and emails, it’s an interesting take on the epistolary novel.

Overall, the book was okay. The emails and such that were used to comprise the novel made it more interesting, and the writing was quite good. At first, I liked Bernadette Fox. I kind of looked at her through the perspective of my own experience with agoraphobia and as you probably remember from my Under Rose-Tainted Skies review, I really like when I can connect to a character like that. But Bernadette was kind of awful? She kept putting down every other woman around her, aside from her daughter whom she viewed as a saint. The fact that she thought she was too good or whatever to hang out with the other school moms was kinda annoying.

There’s not really much else I want to say about this one. There wasn’t any huge reason I hated it, I just didn’t find it as interesting as everyone else seems to have found it. Maybe it’s just a me thing? I don’t know. But I won’t be re-reading this one, that’s for certain.

Have you read this? Did you like it?

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Felicia x