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


“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.”

My Rating: ★★ 1/2

Genre(s): Fiction, Humor, Contemporary

Reading Challenge: 9 out of 50

Goodreads Synopsis —

When her daughter Bee claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, Bernadette, a fiercely intelligent shut-in, throws herself into preparations for the trip. But worn down by years of trying to live the Seattle life she never wanted, Ms. Fox is on the brink of a meltdown. And after a school fundraiser goes disastrously awry at her hands, she disappears, leaving her family to pick up the pieces--which is exactly what Bee does, weaving together an elaborate web of emails, invoices, and school memos that reveals a secret past Bernadette has been hiding for decades. Where'd You Go Bernadette is an ingenious and unabashedly entertaining novel about a family coming to terms with who they are and the power of a daughter's love for her mother. 

My Thoughts —

Overall, this book was just okay for me. The emails and such that were used to make up the novel made it interesting and the writing was quite good. Originally, I liked Bernadette. I kind of looked at her through the perspective of my own experiences with agoraphobia and as you might remember from my Under Rose-Tainted Skies review, I really like when I can connect to a character in that way. But Bernadette was kind of awful? She put down every woman around her, aside from her daughter who she viewed as a saint that could do no wrong. The fact that she was thought she was too good or whatever to hang with the other school mums was kind of annoying.

There’s really not much else I want to say about this one. There wasn’t any huge reason why I disliked it, other than that I just didn’t find it as great as everyone else has seemed to. Different strokes for different folks, I guess! But I won’t be re-reading this one, that’s for sure.

Have you read this? Did you like it?

Felicia x