Where'd You Go, Bernadette

A Novel

Semple, Maria

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.

Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Co.,, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316204279
Branch Call Number: FICTION Sem
Characteristics: 330 pages ; 25 cm


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Mar 25, 2015
  • bibliokrisp rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Quirky, funny book--unlike most fiction I read, I was laughing out loud during this one. Bernadette--architect, genius, wife, mother--and hater of all things Seattle-related--disappears, and neighbors, family and we, the readers, are bewildered. If you'd like to read something modern, amusing and creative, try it--but be aware--there aren't too many lovable characters.

Jan 24, 2015
  • sarkerhana rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

loved it! more details can be found here : http://theengineeredbaker.blogspot.com/2015/01/january-book-review-whered-you-go_23.html

Jan 23, 2015
  • scotth108 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Semple has a nice sense of the satirical, and has woven an intriguing if sometimes-hard-to-follow plot. I can see why lots of people love this book.

For me however, I found every one of the characters so obnoxious that I simply couldn't enjoy the story. I kept waiting for any of them to change; to exhibit some moment of insight or redemption or a new perspective...and they never did! They just kept being their same, mediocre selves to the bitter end. I hope my life isn't that boring...is it!?

Jan 08, 2015
  • carolynlindstrom rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favorites this year. FUN, hilarious at times, enjoyed!

Dec 30, 2014
  • gendeg rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When I first picked this up, I thought I would hate it. But by the end I was utterly charmed. Few books have such bite and can stay charmingly wacky.

Dec 19, 2014
  • ElijahMorgan rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book had such a disconnect between the two main sections, that it almost feels as if I should give a review to both parts.

The first 3/5ths or so of this book are absolutely fantastic. Semple creates a great depiction of pompous Seattle one-percenters, and isn't afraid to poke fun at the rest of the Pacific Northwest either. It was fun to see my home state satirized so well, as well as being done so in such an interesting writing style.

However, when the book switches to its second major part, much of the realism and wit that made the first part so enjoyable are lost. The writing style changes to a form which feels almost forced, and the ending was one which you can almost see coming, but you hope will be different because of how ridiculous and suddenly it happens. I definitely feel the good outweighs the bad with this book, but it had the potential to be so much better.

Dec 18, 2014
  • empbee rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Fast read, good writing, funny and not so funny.

Dec 17, 2014
  • RPLRebecca rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This bestselling novel is a great pick if you are looking for a quick read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and became quite attached to the characters. It's funny, quirky, and there's a bit of a mystery. Where'd You Go, Bernadette is set in Seattle so reflections on the weather and West Coast culture may seem familiar. The format put me off at first – it’s mostly in the form of different correspondences from what seem like unrelated people but I soon got used to it and found the book to be quite clever.

Dec 07, 2014
  • maskara rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This book was entertaining and readable until the 3/4 of the way through. At that point, it took a wild turn that required suspending an excessive amount of disbelief. In relation to the rest of the book, this was way out of whack.

Nov 05, 2014

Title: Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
Author: Maria Semple
Summary: Los Angeles native, now-Seattle-resident Bernadette Fox, wife of Microsoft big-timer Elgin Branch and mother of gifted Bee Branch, finds herself swept up in a whirlwind of scandal, identity crisis, and even on the ends of the planet in this comical story.
I would rate this book 9/10 stars. This witty, uniquely crafted satire is comical yet dark, and can resonate with not only Seattle natives (who will probably catch on to more of the humor of the story), but with any other reader who may come from a less-than-ordinary family.
I started reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette because it takes place in Seattle.
I kept reading because the novel pokes fun at the stereotypes of Seattle, something I not only found hilarious but is also a rare find in literature.
I couldn’t get enough of the accuracy of Semple’s portrayal of Seattle from Bernadette’s perspective, as cynical as it may have been. Anything from Microsoft jokes to quirks of the rainy city kept me hooked.

If Bernadette were in a yearbook, she would be voted Most Likely To: “Escape From Prison Unnoticed”.

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Jul 30, 2014
  • M_ALCOTT rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

" One of the main reasons I don't like leaving the house is because I might find myself face-to-face with a Canadian. Seattle is crawling with them. You probably think, U.S./Canada, they're interchangeable because they're both filled with English-speaking, morbidly obese white people. Well Manjula, you couldn't be more mistaken."-Excerpt from an email Bernadette sent to her virtual assistant Manjula

Jul 07, 2013
  • darcerama rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Chihulys are the pigeons of Seattle. They're everywhere, and even if they don't get in your way, you can't help but build up a kind of antipathy toward them. --Page 162, paperback edition.


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Mar 17, 2014
  • jescar82 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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