Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple book review
So. Where do I start with this book? I guess I could say that A. it’s a quick read. B. it’s about a neurotic family’s story on how they got back on track. C. it really makes you realize at how much people complain and whine about various things in life. LOL There you go. There’s this book in a nutshell. :) Did I like it? I’m not really sure. Would I recommend it? Again, I’m not really sure. From the reviews I’ve read, it was a best selling book that people found pretty funny in a weird comedy-sense. I am not one that watches “comedy” shows and movies because I don’t always find them funny. But I like shows and movies that are funny without trying to be. And I feel like at various times, this book tried too hard to be funny. The characters are borderline annoying at times…but yet, I didn’t stop reading it…
It’s mainly about a mother named Bernadette Fox who is married to a Microsoft-guru; they also have one 15 year old daughter named Bee. They’re trying to live that perfect life that everyone on the outside thinks they’re the Brady Bunch, but on the inside they’re just a hot mess. Bernadette is fearlessly opinionated in which the private-school mothers in Seattle dislike. She loses herself and becomes somewhat of a home-body. After everything comes crumbling down due to a series of bad judgement calls, Bernadette disappears which causes a huge issue within their family and their relationships (unlike what I think any of them thought would happen).
To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence. Her dad and her go on the family trip that they all talked about just to find Bernadette. Do they find her? Is their family put back together? You’ll have to read and see!