Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Maria Semple / Sep 19, 2019

Where d You Go Bernadette Soon to be a major motion picture starring Cate Blanchett A whip smart hysterical dramedy about a family in crisis after the disappearance of its brilliant misanthropic matriarch Bernadette Fox is n

  • Title: Where'd You Go, Bernadette
  • Author: Maria Semple
  • ISBN: Where'd You Go, Bernadette
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  • Soon to be a major motion picture starring Cate Blanchett A whip smart, hysterical dramedy about a family in crisis after the disappearance of its brilliant, misanthropic matriarch 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 re Soon to be a major motion picture starring Cate Blanchett A whip smart, hysterical dramedy about a family in crisis after the disappearance of its brilliant, misanthropic matriarch 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 a best friend and, simply, Mom.Then Bernadette disappears It 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, secret correspondence creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter s role in an absurd world Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Download Excerpt Or buy for Paperback, movie tie in edition, 368 pages Published January 29th 2019 by Back Bay Books first published August 14th 2012 More Details Original Title Where d You Go, Bernadette ISBN 0316415863 ISBN13 9780316415866 Edition Language English Characters Bee Branch, Bernadette Fox, Elgin Branch, Manjula Kapoor, Audrey Griffin Whered You Go, Bernadette , Soo Lin Lee Segal, Gwen Goodyear, Ollie Ordway, Kyle Griffin, Kennedy, Bees friend, Dr Janelle Kurtz, Warren Griffinless setting Seattle, Washington United States Antarctica Literary Awards ALA Alex Award 2013 , Womens Prize for Fiction Nominee 2013 , Choice Award Nominee for Humor 2012 Other Editions 95 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Whered You Go, Bernadette, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Whats the profanity like in this book Thanks 10 likeslike 4 years ago See all 19 answers Mary I like little or no profanity, so my opinion is that it is medium to high There were 5 6 F words, and scattered other words If someone isn t very I like little or no profanity, so my opinion is that it is medium to high There were 5 6 F words, and scattered other words If someone isn t very sensitive to hard language, it doesn t really matter how many there are within reason , does it If they are, any F word is too much less flag Is this book really similar to Gone Girl 13 likeslike 4 years ago See all 14 answers Myriam Sch rz no, it is so not in no way whatsoever flag See all 40 questions about Whered You Go, Bernadette Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter May 23, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves fiction, favorites A douche canoe that I probably shouldn t have dated for a couple months a few years ago once told me that I didn t like Glee because I didn t understand satire I d like to hand him this book and say, Bite me, asshat This is satire I suppose that s an entirely different story The point is, I loved this book It s sharp, witty, heartwarming, and entirely entertaining Of course, it came from someone involved with Arrested Development should I expect any less The first three fourths of this A douche canoe that I probably shouldn t have dated for a couple months a few years ago once told me that I didn t like Glee because I didn t understand satire I d like to hand him this book and say, Bite me, asshat This is satire I suppose that s an entirely different story The point is, I loved this book It s sharp, witty, heartwarming, and entirely entertaining Of course, it came from someone involved with Arrested Development should I expect any less The first three fourths of this book are told in the form of email correspondence, magazine articles, even doctors bills purportedly strung together by fifteen year old Bee in an attempt to tell her mother Bernadette s story Bernadette is the quintessential misunderstood genius In her thirties, she became one of the few female architects to stand out from the crowd and was eventually awarded a MacArthur genius grant When project particularly near and dear to her heart was destroyed, Bernadette s psyche began to fray Then her husband, Elgie took a job at Microsoft and the family moved to Seattle Now, they live in an abandoned home for girls and their daughter has overcome a congenital heart condition to succeed brilliantly at a charter school, whose wannabe upper crust parents resent Bernadette s refusal to take part in the community Bernadette, for her part, is still struggling to get over the heartbreak of her previous life and has developed an agoraphobia so severe that she has hired a virtual personal assistant to take care of her daily errands remotely from India As the book begins, Bee is cashing in on the promise her parents made that, if she achieves straight A s, she can have any gift she likes She wants a family trip to Antarctica, a request that sends Bernadette s anxiety skyrocketing Meanwhile, their catty neighbor Audrey is declaring war on Bernadette and her blackberry bushes Picture the biggest busybody from a Desperate Housewives style show, the kind of woman who erroneously believes that her obnoxious behavior is beneficial to and appreciated by everyone else She wants to host a bruncheon I don t know if that s a word, but I m coining it now to woo legitimately upper crust parents to the charter school and Bernadette s blackberry bushes are interfering To say that Audrey has it out for Bernadette is an understatement, but when the bruncheon ends in catastrophe, it s the proverbial straw that breaks Bernadette Elgie, concerned that his wife s anxiety and paranoia have become larger than life, attempts to stage an intervention for Bernadette Unfortunately, he instead discovers that Bernadette has disappeared and it s up to Bee to find her.This book gently pokes fun at tech culture and at people who desperately want to be in the next highest social strata, but where Semple really excels is in her unfolding of Bernadette There are certainly aspects of the plot that require some suspension of disbelief, but Bernadette is such a great character She tried keeping it together but at some point, she snapped and completely folded into herself in anxiety and desperation She hates Seattle, the parents at Bee s school, her husband s company, everything around herexcept her daughter She loves Bee desperately and wants to do anything she can for her daughter At the same time, she s an artist whose stunted mental health has fried her ability and opportunity to create, which has only made her anxious and depressed What else can I say This book isn t high minded literature, but it s not really trying to be It s a send up of a wacky, soapish storyline that manages to stay completely engrossing I couldn t put it down And it s touching It s ultimately about self acceptance finding what makes you happy and learning how to balance that with the expectations of others that you can t shake off And there s this quote, which I loved This is why you must love life one day you re offering up your social security number to the Russian Mafia two weeks later you re using the word calve as a verb I dare say that if you can t appreciate it, then maybe you just don t get satire I kid, I kid flag 930 likesLike see review View all 90 comments Mar 31, 2016 Patrick rated it really liked it review of another edition Just found this book in my luggage recently, I read it while traveling a while back, and never got around to recording it here This happens a lot I m hesitant to assign a star rating here hesitant than usual Not only did I read this months ago, but the genre isn t one that I spend a lot of time reading.But where do I rank it I know it didn t anger or disappoint me in any way I d remember that but neither did I feel the need to rush on here and review it, or force it on any of my Just found this book in my luggage recently, I read it while traveling a while back, and never got around to recording it here This happens a lot I m hesitant to assign a star rating here hesitant than usual Not only did I read this months ago, but the genre isn t one that I spend a lot of time reading.But where do I rank it I know it didn t anger or disappoint me in any way I d remember that but neither did I feel the need to rush on here and review it, or force it on any of my friends I know a book is genuinely good if I feel the need to share it I did enjoy it, and that s saying something, given that it s outside my regular reading habits and I don t think I m the target audience for the book It s solidly written, clever and witty in turns, slightly absurdist in its humor, and comes to good resolution.So four stars Sure Whatever Let s call it four Whatever that means.If you re the sort of person who only reads fantasy as I know some of my readers are be aware this doesn t have any of that in there Also, female main character here So if you re one of those dudes who is terrified of catching cooties from a book, look out There s feelings and shit in this book, and a girl looking for her mother Personally, I liked it If the thought of that makes your nuts retreat protectively up into your body, you might want to think of this as less than four stars And possibly consider getting some therapy to work out your unresolved issues If you re someone who enjoys personal narratives YA stuff Or what s typically considered Chick Lit Though I hate that term odds are you ll like this than four stars worth Parenthetically yours, pat flag 434 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Nov 30, 2018 Miranda Reads rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 finer books club reading chall People like you must create If you don t create, Bernadette, you will become a menace to society. Oh My Gawd I love this so much Bee Fox, genius daughter of the infamously famous Bernadette Fox, has a puzzle to solve where in the world is her mother Before her mother went missing, Bee s parents made the dubious promise of buying her whatever she wanted IF she got perfect gradeswhich she did and she cashed that in for a trip to Antarctica And with the help of an online Indian person People like you must create If you don t create, Bernadette, you will become a menace to society. Oh My Gawd I love this so much Bee Fox, genius daughter of the infamously famous Bernadette Fox, has a puzzle to solve where in the world is her mother Before her mother went missing, Bee s parents made the dubious promise of buying her whatever she wanted IF she got perfect gradeswhich she did and she cashed that in for a trip to Antarctica And with the help of an online Indian personal assistant, Bernadette begins planningand planningand planningand quickly realizes that perhaps, it may have been a bit of a mistake to make such a rash promise One of the main reasons I don t like leaving the house is because I might find myself face to face with a Canadian. Meanwhile the pressures mount from all sides until suddenly poof Bernadette disappears.It s up to Bee to find her and she is not about to back down Hello, can I help you with something If not, please step aside because I m about to kick the shit out of life. In short abso freaking lutely hilarious I was laughing to myself almost every chapter Semple combined just the right amount of hilarity and heartwarming hi jinks.Bernadette has such an amazing take on life she was sassy and witty every single moment she was on the page That s right, she told the girls You are bored And I m going to let you in on a little secret about life You think it s boring now Well, it only gets boring The sooner you learn it s on you to make life interesting, the better off you ll be My favorite part The ongoing battle with Audrey the snooty next door neighbor The petty squabbling and the exponentially increasing responses made my jaw drop especially when the kindergartners got PTSD from billboard incident This is one that needs to be read to be fully appreciated I am absolutely in love The Finer Books Club 2018 Reading Challenge A book you see a stranger reading in public flag 325 likesLike see review View all 35 comments Jun 30, 2012 Travis Fortney rated it liked it review of another edition What we have here is a satirical epistolary novel about a bunch of whiny one percenters in Seattle Ms Semple is sending up Seattle elites, which here seem to be typified by Bernadette s husband Elgie, a granola eating, public transport using, bike riding, Microsoft employee with a genius IQ She also sets her sights on the students and parents of a Montessori style preparatory school I don t feel a particular need to explain what happens, because it s pretty well traveled stuff Where BERNADE What we have here is a satirical epistolary novel about a bunch of whiny one percenters in Seattle Ms Semple is sending up Seattle elites, which here seem to be typified by Bernadette s husband Elgie, a granola eating, public transport using, bike riding, Microsoft employee with a genius IQ She also sets her sights on the students and parents of a Montessori style preparatory school I don t feel a particular need to explain what happens, because it s pretty well traveled stuff Where BERNADETTE sets itself apart is the storytelling style The story here takes the form of a packet of documents that Bernadette s daughter has prepared after Bernadette disappears These include emails between Elgie s assistant and a disgruntled neighbor, emails between Bernadette and her Indian assistant Manjula, police reports, magazine articles, etc These documents have a kind of zingy, lighthearted, ironic quality about them, and it makes for an energetic and enjoyable story Narration between the documents is provided in brief snippets by Bernadette s precocious daughter Bee Alas, there are many problems, and the book never lives up to its promise Semple is trying to have it both ways Bernadette, for example is a ruthlessly satirized Type A East Coast transplant We re supposed to find her ridiculous, but we re also expected to fall for her Semple wants us to believe she s a genius because she won a MacArthur genius grant, even though there s very little else in the way of supporting evidence She wants us to find Bernadette mysterious and admirable But I was never really drawn in by Bernadette s positive qualities, or able to find them at all This wouldn t have been a problem for me if it wasn t so clear that I was supposed to like her Also, the title and jacket copy of this book seem to promise that it s about the mysterious disappearance of, and search for, Bernadette The problem is that Bernadette never really disappears She leaves briefly, but her reasons for leaving are pretty clear, and it s not hard to guess where she went the setting of Antarctica, promised by the icy mountains on the cover and tons and tons of buildup throughout, might provide a clue But the book suffers the most when the narration switches to Bee full time after the disappearance This switch is somewhat painstakingly explained, but it felt lazy to me There had to be a way to keep the form that had been so successful for the first two thirds of the book for the final act It felt like Semple was trying to write a book that was zany, unique, and inventive, but also perfectly conventional, with all the benefits of both storytelling styles In my mind, this book depended on the inventiveness of its epistolary style, and abandoning it was disaster All in all, worth reading This is the kind of book that very well could have left me shaking my head and wondering how the author pulled it off, if only she had pulled it off Ah, well I received this in ARC form from the Nervous Breakdown book club, and I hope they dress it up a bit for the hardcover I think it would be better if the documents appeared in different forms and fonts, if Elgie s handwritten letter appeared handwritten, etc I can t close this review without saying that this book s cover is unfortunate While I did have issues here, this book represents a serious effort, and it deserved a serious cover It will be interesting to see what Maria Semple does next flag 260 likesLike see review View all 28 comments Dec 01, 2012 Ashley rated it it was amazing review of another edition Recommends it for everyone Shelves addictive, favorites, humor, satire, travel, lit fic, five stars isn t enough Well, let this be a lesson to those who would open their mouths and spew venom into the world I once wrote very publicly and loudly on this here that I could never love a satire don t even remember which book I was reviewing The point is, this book has made me eat my words This fucking book, man I loved it It s my cheese, my oreo cookie, my soft blanket on a cold winter s night, my let s pack everything up and head out for an adventure because FUCK YEAH WE RE ALIVE I m so gla Well, let this be a lesson to those who would open their mouths and spew venom into the world I once wrote very publicly and loudly on this here that I could never love a satire don t even remember which book I was reviewing The point is, this book has made me eat my words This fucking book, man I loved it It s my cheese, my oreo cookie, my soft blanket on a cold winter s night, my let s pack everything up and head out for an adventure because FUCK YEAH WE RE ALIVE I m so glad I randomly picked this book up at my library Like, last second, I was checking out and there it was, and I just grabbed it Best last minute decision ever Found it And oh, of course it was a Waugh Where d You Go, Bernadette is a modern day epistolary novel, but not like one of those ones you read as a teenager with like whiny emails and diary entries from lovelorn pimple faces, it s like layers and layers of subtle genius Bee is fifteen and loves her mother, her eccentric and troubled mother, who one day disappears The book is a meta compilation supposedly put together by Bee of emails, articles, and other assorted correspondences that tell the story of Bernadette what made her who she is, and what led up to her disappearance The first 75% of the book is just a delightful satire, on the wealthy and privileged, on the self deluded and spiritually empty but what really makes it are the bits of real emotion that are constantly peeking through This story genuinely made me feel things, and like I mean that it in all caps, FEEL THINGS Plus, it s just wacky Maria Semple used to work on Arrested Development, if that gives you some idea of what I mean by wacky Now, just to warn you, I m writing this all high off the ending which was just fucking lovely , so I might be a bit biased, and you might end up reading it and being like, Ashley, what the fuck Just keep that in mind But to put it in frame of reference, I liked this book almost as much as I liked Ready Player One and I fucking love Ready Player One , but it s a different kind of love I don t want to say any because I just want you to go read the book I mean it GO flag 189 likesLike see review View all 33 comments Jul 05, 2016 Raeleen Lemay rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves adult fiction For the first time ever, I m going with the appointed rating system This book was simply OK , therefore I am giving it 2 stars I didn t hate it or anything, but it really didn t do anything for me.I didn t find it funny or all that quirky to be quite honest , and the characters were all a bit bland I was also disappointed that what I had originally thought was the whole point of the book Bernadette disappearing right before a trip to Antarctica didn t even happen until way later For the first time ever, I m going with the appointed rating system This book was simply OK , therefore I am giving it 2 stars I didn t hate it or anything, but it really didn t do anything for me.I didn t find it funny or all that quirky to be quite honest , and the characters were all a bit bland I was also disappointed that what I had originally thought was the whole point of the book Bernadette disappearing right before a trip to Antarctica didn t even happen until way later in the story I found the lead up to Bernadette s disappearance to be quite dull, and I only became vaguely interested when it finally happened.I don t have very strong emotions towards this book, which leads me to believe it just wasn t for me flag 175 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Dec 07, 2012 Richard Derus rated it it was ok review of another edition Pearl Ruled2017 UPDATE If you can even imagine such a thing, Richard Linklater is filming this craptastic insult to the word chick lit in PITTSBURGH No, no one ll notice it s not Seattle It will be in theaters Mother s Day 2018, which is yet another belt in the chops to women everywhere.Rating 1.6 of five p97 The Publisher Says 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 disgr Pearl Ruled2017 UPDATE If you can even imagine such a thing, Richard Linklater is filming this craptastic insult to the word chick lit in PITTSBURGH No, no one ll notice it s not Seattle It will be in theaters Mother s Day 2018, which is yet another belt in the chops to women everywhere.Rating 1.6 of five p97 The Publisher Says 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 a best friend and, simply, Mom.Then Bernadette disappears It 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, secret correspondence creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter s role in an absurd world My Review I do not care where this stupid, whining woman went I want her to stay there and remain anonymous.Awful Negative Condescending to agoraphobics It s as noxious as Gone Girl, and cloaked in humor instead of viciousness it still makes me mad Jonathan Franzen liked it, so did Garth Stein and Kate Atkinson Note to self When writers whose work you dislike intensely blurb a book, ignore the hype and avoid it This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License flag 143 likesLike see review View all 39 comments Feb 27, 2014 Fabian rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favorites Simply put READ THIS, or you WILL have a supremely lame life This I solemnly swearYup, this is a total classic a brilliant novel that the critics have hailed as impossibly LOL fuhu nny But I simply must add on to this and this is why this has been the best novel I ve read since The Art of Fielding truth is, it will make you cry Bawl like a baby cry over the disappearance of this unique individual Finding her is the main objective in this crazy mixed media project Where d You G Simply put READ THIS, or you WILL have a supremely lame life This I solemnly swearYup, this is a total classic a brilliant novel that the critics have hailed as impossibly LOL fuhu nny But I simply must add on to this and this is why this has been the best novel I ve read since The Art of Fielding truth is, it will make you cry Bawl like a baby cry over the disappearance of this unique individual Finding her is the main objective in this crazy mixed media project Where d You Go, Bernadette is what astute book worms crave ABSOLUTE MUST READREADREADREADREADREAD I will never stop recommending Bernadette It is one of the best novels of the 21 st century flag 140 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Apr 05, 2013 Debra rated it really liked it review of another edition Laugh out loud comedy about a family in crisis Bernadette is a quirky,opinionated, likable character Bernadette disappears one day after her 15 year old daughter aces her report card and wants to claim her promised award a family trip to Antarctica The only problem is that Bernadette is agoraphobic and uses her assistant in India to run most of her errands My best advice READ THIS BOOK It s hilarious, funny and a welcome relief to books that seem to be similar to other books This book is Laugh out loud comedy about a family in crisis Bernadette is a quirky,opinionated, likable character Bernadette disappears one day after her 15 year old daughter aces her report card and wants to claim her promised award a family trip to Antarctica The only problem is that Bernadette is agoraphobic and uses her assistant in India to run most of her errands My best advice READ THIS BOOK It s hilarious, funny and a welcome relief to books that seem to be similar to other books This book is original, well thought out and laugh out loud funny flag 132 likesLike see review View all 37 comments Aug 09, 2013 Lormac rated it it was ok review of another edition There is a new genre of contemporary fiction in which believability is thrown out the window in favor of wacky plot machinations, but which is not satire because the emotions of the characters are too real See also, This Is Where I Leave You When her daughter was born with a heart condition which gave her skin a blueish hue, Bernadette Fox named her daughter, Balakrishna Branch, because the Indian God, Krishna, is blue and the name means child Krishna Wacky, huh In case you were wond There is a new genre of contemporary fiction in which believability is thrown out the window in favor of wacky plot machinations, but which is not satire because the emotions of the characters are too real See also, This Is Where I Leave You When her daughter was born with a heart condition which gave her skin a blueish hue, Bernadette Fox named her daughter, Balakrishna Branch, because the Indian God, Krishna, is blue and the name means child Krishna Wacky, huh In case you were wondering, Bernadette is not Indian, and she isn t even Hindu Bernadette calls all of the other mothers at her daughter s school gnats because they are bothersome to her always wanting her to particpate in classroom activities Wacky, huh Bernadette spends her grant money buying a girls reform school in Seattle to renovate as their home and which is in such disrepair that weeds grow up through the floorboards so she has to hire a gardener to weed whack the dining room Wacky, huh Oh, and did I mention that she is a genius MacArthur grant and all Bernadette s husband is also wacky He doesn t wear shoes when he works He asks to be removed from his daughter s school email list because he doesnt have time to read all that nonsense He wears headphones so people don t bother him on the Microsoft bus Oh, and he is a genius too with the Number 4 most popular TED talk Semple puts these wacky folks into all sorts of wacky situations a mud slide during the progressive school s prospective kindergarten parents brunch, a police raid at the Westin hotel, a quest to obtain illegal psychotic medication to avoid seasickness, an FBI sting operation, an escape across the Antarctic Sea in Zodiac boats There is so much wackiness that it becomes exhausting.The problem is that Bernadette s daughter, Bee, is a totally believable character A fifteen year old girl who has overcome her health issues, and loves to learn, and loves her wacky parents despite it all, so as a reader, on Bee s behalf, I became outraged when Semple has these parents behave in ways which injure Bee, again and again, through their self centeredness, their childishness, and their neglect I don t understand how Semple wants me, the reader, to react, and that is a problem.Semple writes well she is clever and has a nice turn of phrase, and I enjoyed parts of this book tremendously, but as a whole, it did not hold together for me at all.As a final insult, this book ends so suddenly, it gave me whiplash I was listening to it on CD and I pulled the car over to make sure that somehow I had not lost a disk, despite the fact that the narrator was intoning, Thank you for listening to I could not believe it I could not believe that the book was over I have no idea what happened to these characters or how the plot was resolved I was shocked flag 130 likesLike see review View all 31 comments Apr 12, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it review of another edition I figure my best hope of getting readers than the Cubs have victories is to mention straight away Maria Semple s bona fides as a satirist So here it is she wrote for Arrested Development Her talent for skewering plays out well in book form, too, as it turns out Bernadette, the protagonist, is creative, whip smart, and now that her daughter, Bee, is past some pretty serious childhood health issues, able to devote herself almost entirely to snarky send ups The targets are primarily from I figure my best hope of getting readers than the Cubs have victories is to mention straight away Maria Semple s bona fides as a satirist So here it is she wrote for Arrested Development Her talent for skewering plays out well in book form, too, as it turns out Bernadette, the protagonist, is creative, whip smart, and now that her daughter, Bee, is past some pretty serious childhood health issues, able to devote herself almost entirely to snarky send ups The targets are primarily from Seattle where they live Beyond the standard subjects of grunge, rain, coffee and Microsoft where husband, Elgie, is an engineering superstar , there are also the cliquish and bothersome moms from Bee s school Complications arise, though, wouldn t you know Much of the book is back story told in epistolary form There are email exchanges between Bernadette and an online personal assistant, notes from Bee s school, several catty moms opining about Bee s parents, and various other documents of a plot spoiling nature From these we learn that Bee is the most outstanding student in her 8th grade class, Bernadette was an award winning architect in earlier days, Elgie gave the 4th most popular TED talk ever, they re planning a family trip to Antarctica to see penguins, and the gnats as Bernadette refers to the busybody moms from the school are out of control The list of problems is a long one, too Bernadette has lost her professional mojo, Elgie is married to his job, one of the gnats becomes Elgie s admin, Bernadette has become over reliant on her personal assistant, and another gnat has brought trumped up charges against Bernadette Breaking points were reached Near perfect storm status was achieved Bee narrates the story of her mom s disappearance and the subsequent search But it s a disservice to go much deeper into the plot Instead, I ll mention the pleasure of the overall tone For one thing, the social satire was done well The supporting characters were revealed cleverly, with than just their stereotypes to define them It was also nice that we weren t just told that Bernadette, Elgie and Bee were smart, we got to see the evidence of it as well Another point in the book s favor is that it had than just humor going for it There were also deeper probes into relationships for us to consider Special mother daughter bonds were handled deftly.I have a friend or two out there oddly enough, near broad minded Boston view spoiler Note that I did not say Milford since that would have been specific enough to identify exactly who I meant hide spoiler who might be tempted to judge a book by its cover, and in this particular case assume chick lit While it does have a female perspective, I personally wouldn t defile it with such a label If it s smart, funny and uplifting, just enjoy it independent of classification, cover and commercial appeal It didn t change my life my new criterion for five stars , but it did lighten the load for a while At the same time, there was ballast than you d expect from, say, Lucille Bluth, Lindsay and Maeby flag 113 likesLike see review View all 81 comments Mar 27, 2013 Paige rated it did not like it review of another edition Ugh, this book You see that one star rating It earned the single star by being mildly engrossing I know I usually use the word engrossing in a positive way, to convey that a book was compelling and interesting, fascinating and exciting Here I mean that it was just, somehow, able to hold my attention Not even interest, really, just attention Somehow I don t know how Well I guess this is how it was entertaining in a way, and it definitely had a certain readability about it I m kind of Ugh, this book You see that one star rating It earned the single star by being mildly engrossing I know I usually use the word engrossing in a positive way, to convey that a book was compelling and interesting, fascinating and exciting Here I mean that it was just, somehow, able to hold my attention Not even interest, really, just attention Somehow I don t know how Well I guess this is how it was entertaining in a way, and it definitely had a certain readability about it I m kind of drawn to reading about other people s drama, and that s basically what this whole thing was catty people and personal family problems and drama.I didn t like any of the characters I liked the IDEA of Bernadette, but not really her when she was interacting with anyone or writing things herself just the idea of her, when other people were talking about her Bee was supposed to be this awesome girl, like the one exception to every other female in the book, who are without exception snobbish, smell weird, manipulative and crazy and back bitey and unhinged But apparently the author didn t notice that Bee is way judgmental too.But that s really only part of the misogyny sexism written into this book and written into our culture Then there s the way this book treats relationships between men women, the gender essentializing, etc Also the ableism, the white privilege it s dripping with It s just a whole mess of yuck.It gets one star for the readability the drama It lost all the other stars because I kind of hated its tone every person in it uses the same voice, by the way , its content, its underlying assumptions, its message, I could go onbut I ve wated enough time on it already It s too bad that this brain candy beach trash novel turned so icky for me flag 113 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Dec 02, 2016 Lola rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves humour, family relationships Wow, okay This is not the book I expected to read The blurb makes it seem like it s a laugh out loud worthy mystery novel about a mother who disappears and a daughter who moves mountains to find her mom.Sure, that does happen in the last 3 4 of the book Before that, it s around 250 pages of random, sometimes unnecessary e mail exchanges, some of them between characters that we don t even care for at least, I didn t as well as numerous anecdotes and mishaps.They do somehow contribute to Wow, okay This is not the book I expected to read The blurb makes it seem like it s a laugh out loud worthy mystery novel about a mother who disappears and a daughter who moves mountains to find her mom.Sure, that does happen in the last 3 4 of the book Before that, it s around 250 pages of random, sometimes unnecessary e mail exchanges, some of them between characters that we don t even care for at least, I didn t as well as numerous anecdotes and mishaps.They do somehow contribute to Bernadette s disappearance, but only a few specific ones Still, it s a page turner in the sense that all those literally props letters, interviews, e mails are easy to read and relatively humorous.I didn t think this was a laugh out loud type of book, but it does contain a good couple of clever dialogs and original scenes.The characters are not ones I cared too much for Bernadette, Bee, Elgie and the rest of the cast aren t presented to us in a way that feels genuine The way they acted and spoke made them look phony, especially Bernadette She s such an easy target for ridicule I guess because so many things are exaggerated But, at its core, this book does have meaningful themes Bee s love for her mother is admirable Bernadette s disappearance is impressive The relationship between Bee and Bernadette reminded me of the one between Lorelai and Rory from Gil Girls.It s not a realistic book, but an entertaining one for sure.Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin flag 112 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Apr 29, 2018 Annet rated it really liked it Shelves fun sad at the same time, weird, wilderness books can usa, family ties People don t go to Antarctica, they re called to AntarcticaI can t quite make my mind up about this funny weird sad book all in one The beginning of the book made me laugh at almost every page, mainly because of the weird mum and her matchless statements and behavior it also struck me this story is actually a bit sad Then the whole correspondence between the ladies Soo Lin and Audrey Griffin, out of this world funny at times, priceless The last say 40 pages of the book however I lost People don t go to Antarctica, they re called to AntarcticaI can t quite make my mind up about this funny weird sad book all in one The beginning of the book made me laugh at almost every page, mainly because of the weird mum and her matchless statements and behavior it also struck me this story is actually a bit sad Then the whole correspondence between the ladies Soo Lin and Audrey Griffin, out of this world funny at times, priceless The last say 40 pages of the book however I lost my interest a bit, story seems to be at a dead end for me Still, say close to four stars for this unparalleled witty, loving and funny story with a teary edge to it About a special strong minded and witty girl named Bee, her out of bounds mum and the love for each other Haven t seen any story like this so it s unique and that deserves a good rating ps I want to go to Antarctica too flag 113 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Oct 14, 2012 Rich rated it really liked it review of another edition This book about Seattle Subaru Parents describes my life so chillingly accurately that I am now absolved of writing my own book about their Portland counterparts bat shit antics Favorites Suddenly, Audrey Griffin started running toward the car all stiff and out of rhythm You could just tell she hadn t run in about ten years 22 Perhaps because we both went to prep school and Ivy League universities ourselves, we did not fetishize them like other Seattle parents 43 Wooowww, Audre This book about Seattle Subaru Parents describes my life so chillingly accurately that I am now absolved of writing my own book about their Portland counterparts bat shit antics Favorites Suddenly, Audrey Griffin started running toward the car all stiff and out of rhythm You could just tell she hadn t run in about ten years 22 Perhaps because we both went to prep school and Ivy League universities ourselves, we did not fetishize them like other Seattle parents 43 Wooowww, Audrey Griffin said, spreading the word up and down like a roller coaster Her voice was so full of hate and craziness that it pierced my skin 85 There s a story that during the filming of Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola had a sign on his trailer Fast, Cheap, Good Pick Two 113 The book becomes less plausible, fantastic as it goes, rising in a crescendo of unbelievability but it s all benevolent and fun, and you barely notice it and it s easy to go along with it There s magical thinking, including the idea of truly terrible human beings finding redemption and owning their misdeeds and apologizing to those they ve hurt with lies, slander, and manipulation But really wonderful in a, I wish that would actually happen I wish people didn t just become of their worst traits as they aged Sheesh, what a pessimist I am I probably need to join VAV Victims Against Victimhood, an awesome critique of the bullshittiness of 12 step groups A great book flag 107 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 24, 2017 Luffy rated it really liked it review of another edition I was overwhelmed by what transpires in the book So much happens Pow Pow Relentlessly for most of the book There is no breathing space, no lull The story is so domineering that we are caught unawares when the book ends.Benadette Fox and her family paint a ludicrous picture of her household Most of the characters are half mad and Bernadette and her daughter Bee lead the way to Lala Land Here, actually, to Antarctica Hijinks ensues I do think that Maria Semple was inspired by vari I was overwhelmed by what transpires in the book So much happens Pow Pow Relentlessly for most of the book There is no breathing space, no lull The story is so domineering that we are caught unawares when the book ends.Benadette Fox and her family paint a ludicrous picture of her household Most of the characters are half mad and Bernadette and her daughter Bee lead the way to Lala Land Here, actually, to Antarctica Hijinks ensues I do think that Maria Semple was inspired by various authors, and all of these authors are still alive That s my impression at least.What a story I don t think this is a strictly chick lit book It s a must read one, and I enjoyed it really thoroughly because of the balancing act that the author conjures out of thin air I had to knock out one star due to the chaotic and unsatisfying last act, but overall this is a book that will stay with me for a long time flag 102 likesLike see review View all 16 comments May 29, 2013 Jaidee rated it did not like it review of another edition Recommends it for people that watch the housewives of bullshit ave Shelves under two stars books 1.5 whatever stars.Maria Semple is a very clever, clear and concise writer which are all really good attributesever this book was beyond disappointing was at the upper end of crap.o dimensional caricatures behaving so horribly and uncomprehendingly towards each other.each character was unlikeable than the last not in some interesting and insightful way the Casual Vacancy comes to mind in its psychological empathic brilliance but in a way that makes you fear 1.5 whatever stars.Maria Semple is a very clever, clear and concise writer which are all really good attributesever this book was beyond disappointing was at the upper end of crap.o dimensional caricatures behaving so horribly and uncomprehendingly towards each other.each character was unlikeable than the last not in some interesting and insightful way the Casual Vacancy comes to mind in its psychological empathic brilliance but in a way that makes you fear for American culture and the selfishness and narcissism that may be inherent in our upper middle classes.I want to end by saying I don t care where the f ck you went Bernadette and I wished you had stayed there flag 98 likesLike see review View all 62 comments Apr 19, 2018 emma rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves owned, non ya, mystery thriller horror etc, literary fiction, gorgeous covers, 4 stars, reread, recommend, reviewed THIS IS MY ILLUMINAE.By which I mean, This is Illuminae if I liked Illuminae, and also instead of being set in space it was set in the Pacific Northwest, and also instead of descriptions of camera footage and server readings it was emails and flyers and whatnot, and also it was the present day, and also instead of teeming with unnecessary romance and the same plotlines over and over it was actually funny and entertaining Basically the only thing it has in common with Illuminae is the unique fo THIS IS MY ILLUMINAE.By which I mean, This is Illuminae if I liked Illuminae, and also instead of being set in space it was set in the Pacific Northwest, and also instead of descriptions of camera footage and server readings it was emails and flyers and whatnot, and also it was the present day, and also instead of teeming with unnecessary romance and the same plotlines over and over it was actually funny and entertaining Basically the only thing it has in common with Illuminae is the unique found document style formatting.So again, I say MY ILLUMINAE I read this book a few years ago, when I was young er and stupid er , and I thought it was meh A classic Nothing To Write Home About, And Also Why Am I Reading This Because 2015 Me Which Is To Say, Current Me In This Thought Summary Only Reads YA And Weird Niche Stuff From The Library, Not Bestselling Chick Lit.Anyway.I read this a few years ago and I didn t much care for it or not care for it I had little to no feelings on the subject and then I reread it recentlyish not recently enough I am not good at writing reviews in an amount of time that could be called human or reasonable or reflective of any effort at all AND I ENJOYED IT IMMENSELY.Just in time for the absolutely unnecessary movie to come out Which I will still totally, definitely see.This book is a social satire , kinda, which basically means that it will be very very funny but you will not like a lot of the characters Really at any given point I only liked Bernadette and Bee, and even my affections for them were nothing to write home about Sometimes that can make reading this book grueling.But mostly it is just overwhelmingly funny and creative and entertaining Even if I hate reading books in which characters go to Antarctica and it only makes me fathom the sheer degree to which I nevereverever want to go there.Bottom line If you really needed someone to tell you to read this massive bestseller from 2012, which is now being adapted into a star studded Major Motion Picture consider this someone telling you pre reviewWHY ISN T EVERY BOOK A FUNNY SATIRIC MYSTERY TEEMING WITH QUIRKY CHARACTERS AND FORMATTED MOSTLY IN DOCUMENTS LIKE A NON FORMULAIC ILLUMINAE this was so so funview to come currently reading update2015 me thinks this book is fully meh2018 me is incapable of putting this down Where d You Go, Bernadette is physically attached to my hands as if with superglue currently re learning how to perform basic tasks with the handicap of a paperback affixed to my palms flag 91 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jun 05, 2014 Nataliya rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2014 reads Even on the busiest call nights at work, the phrase that never fails to grab my attention regardless of whatever else I may be doing is, I hear you like reading Have you ever read _____ That s how I first heard about Where d You Go, Bernadette The call night was painfully slow, the wifi was actually working, the Kindle app on my phone was begging for a free sample which turned out to be hilarious, my brain was headed into the 22nd hour of being awake, and the impulse buy predictably happened Even on the busiest call nights at work, the phrase that never fails to grab my attention regardless of whatever else I may be doing is, I hear you like reading Have you ever read _____ That s how I first heard about Where d You Go, Bernadette The call night was painfully slow, the wifi was actually working, the Kindle app on my phone was begging for a free sample which turned out to be hilarious, my brain was headed into the 22nd hour of being awake, and the impulse buy predictably happened.I loved it at first, but the closer I got to the finish line the higher my eyebrows climbed and the deeper the eyeballs rolled Maybe finishing it after getting enough sleep had something to do with the disappearance of giddy happiness and the emergence of the ambivalent noncommittal shrug at what I just read.It starts as a clever satire featuring the cream of the crop of Seattle, Washington a place where Microsoft has its headquarters and where the people do not live up to the standards of haughty and cultured LA transplants It s a satire on the privileged world of suburban moms obsessed with the image of their little private schools and the local silly gossip and a satire on the world of Microsoft bubble Its a satire on the poorly adjusted and not so tolerant haughty transplants from the cultured and worldly places who snigger and judge those around them while relying on the services of an outsourced personal assistant company 0.75 per hour It s pieced together from a flurry of emails, letters, post it notes and tied together by a commentary of a bright teenager in the middle of all the events And it s such an easy and fun page turning read perfectly suited to a slow sleep deprived call shift at work And yet the satire ends up resembling too closely the world it satirizes, failing to rise beyond the shallow and easy, failing to bite or sting or really make you care It fails to do that remain suitably entertaining, fails to keep its focus on anything that even threatens to become at all uncomfortable, and fails to make enough of an impact to care It instead remains fluffy and silly and very readable, and giggle worthy, and ultimately satisfying in the same way Nutella is strangely addicting but nutrients poor, and honestly, not contributing much to the mental health, and leaving a way too sweet aftertaste for hours For a record, I love Nutella And I, regardless of overall disappointment, still had a great time reading this book But neither of them can replace nicely cooked Brussels sprouts Which I also love, for all the right reasons Especially if you add some cheese sauce But that s another story flag 86 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Feb 02, 2017 Rebbie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2017 4 1 2 magnificent stars Another fitting name could be How Bernadette Got Her Groove Back pBernadette Fox, a wealthy agoraphobe with a teenage daughter and a semi absentee emotionally, anyhow husband, quite literally disappears before taking off on a family trip to Antarctica.Oh, how fun it is to dislike the witch on wheels aka the Gnat , Audrey, who then morphs into a slightly imbalanced but milder version of Bernadette In my mind, this makes her downright loveable The character who is t 4 1 2 magnificent stars Another fitting name could be How Bernadette Got Her Groove Back pBernadette Fox, a wealthy agoraphobe with a teenage daughter and a semi absentee emotionally, anyhow husband, quite literally disappears before taking off on a family trip to Antarctica.Oh, how fun it is to dislike the witch on wheels aka the Gnat , Audrey, who then morphs into a slightly imbalanced but milder version of Bernadette In my mind, this makes her downright loveable The character who is truly infuriating is Soo Lin, but I will say no in case you want to read the book Many readers seem to hate on Bernadette s husband Elgie and with good reason , but if you re the forgiving type like I am, you ll feel compassion toward his character The only issue with this book is that it seems to end abruptly However, the mark of a great book is that it leaves you wanting no matter how it ends, so this feeling is entirely forgivable If you re looking for a fun, spunky read, then this book will be right up your alley flag 88 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Oct 21, 2012 Meg rated it it was amazing review of another edition This is my favorite book that I have read in a long while Is five stars sort of ambitious IT WOULD BE EXCEPT THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG LONG WHILE So five stars, I don t care, five stars Oh my gosh I don t even know where to start you guys It s funny, but that s not just it It s incredibly well written, but that s not just it It s got a really fun structure that is executed really well, but that s not just it, either It s just, I feel like this might be one of the bes This is my favorite book that I have read in a long while Is five stars sort of ambitious IT WOULD BE EXCEPT THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG LONG WHILE So five stars, I don t care, five stars Oh my gosh I don t even know where to start you guys It s funny, but that s not just it It s incredibly well written, but that s not just it It s got a really fun structure that is executed really well, but that s not just it, either It s just, I feel like this might be one of the best books I ve ever read about art and women and motherhood and technology and life and Seattle I mean, Bernadette is infuriating Reading her sections of this book, you want to slap her just as much as you want her to like you She says terrifically horrible things but also these deeply felt things, she is complex and brilliant and depressed and hopeful all at once And Elgie, for a while I was worried about him ever being a character for real, but then he just he just EXPLODES at the end of the book, just, perfectly sketched in And the gnats, who, I mean, the gnats, and their evolution And Ice Cream And Abbey Road And that completely amazing Artforum article And.And Bee, gosh Bee Bee who, since she is a fictional character, I would like to take her hand and introduce her to another young fictional lady from Seattle, Ruby Oliver The two have a lot to say to each other, I think Bee is the rare teenage protagonist who shows up in an adult novel acting like an actual teenager No extra swearing or slang to prove something, no wacked out diction Just, a teenager, who is smart, and young, and trying I will admit I felt things slow a little when Bernadette disappeared I missed her right away, I wanted of her correspondence and I worried that the ending would disappoint me But I worried for nothing I cried twice I laughed forever So good flag 73 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 09, 2013 Julie Christine rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves contemporary fiction, usa contemporary, read 2013, best of 2013 I wasn t planning to crack the cover of Where d You Go, Bernadette In fact, I actively resisted reading 2012 s sleeper hit It has all the makings of something that would send me searching for that elusive dislike button Social satire Ugh Chick lit affect entirely and unfairly due to cover art Ugh Ugh Epistolary format with multiple points of view tricksy, metafiction, I m a WRITAH stuff Ugh Ugh Ugh Spoofy, anti Seattle drivel penned by interloper from Southern California haven I wasn t planning to crack the cover of Where d You Go, Bernadette In fact, I actively resisted reading 2012 s sleeper hit It has all the makings of something that would send me searching for that elusive dislike button Social satire Ugh Chick lit affect entirely and unfairly due to cover art Ugh Ugh Epistolary format with multiple points of view tricksy, metafiction, I m a WRITAH stuff Ugh Ugh Ugh Spoofy, anti Seattle drivel penned by interloper from Southern California haven t you all done enough Ugh Ugh Ugh Ugh But there it was, on the 1 table at the library sale What could I lose but a buck Okay, so I totally loved this book It s magical Maria Semple makes me laugh out Parks and Recreation loud there s my obligatory pop culture reference Maria Semple is a celebrated Hollywood scriptwriter yes, I know she didn t write for PR, but that s the one comedy I know we discovered PR in Ireland last year and rented several DVDs during the dark hours of life last winter I haven t had TV since 1994 My television comedy literacy is stuck someplace between Wings and Murphy Brown This book tickled the same funny bone as PR That s why I bring it up The book s magic is multi fold Satire often relies on caricature to reflect life s absurdities, missing the irony that life is so freaking absurd all by itself, there s no need for a novel to dump on its characters by making them freaks, as well Semple gives us real people in real time, setting the horizon slightly a tilt so your balance is off but you aren t stumbling like a drunk She blends the bizarre with moments of grace and clarity that reveal the depth of her characters and her themes Humor works best when it pokes at our most vulnerable spots and shows us that everyone else has those spots, too.The narrative is laid out in a series of e mails, letters, articles, police reports, TED talk transcripts and department memos written by a cast of adult characters, but the primary point of view is delivered in traditional third person And this voice belongs to thirteen year old Bee, the tiny congenital heart defect daughter of Microsoft exec Elgin Branch and his wife, Bernadette Bernadette, around whom this story foams and eddies, is a once celebrated architect and a now wiggy recluse The contrast of correspondence and detached transcript versus a child s perspective is a brilliant technique the adults talk at one another, while the purest, most reliable character addresses the reader directly Semple s spoofs are fun house mirror reflections of layers of upper middle class American society oversharing to strangers via the save face format of e mail and social media the exchanges between Bernadette and her.75 hour personal assistant Manjula, who is based in India, are screamingly funny the obsession with work and achievement woe to Microsoft, whose culture is skewered and roasted like a vegan hotdog on a gas grill dogmatic liberalism Bee splutters her outrage towards her private school Their class was studying China, and the debate was going to be pro and con Chinese occupation of Tibet Have you ever heard of such a thing Galer Street is so ridiculous that is goes beyond PC and turns back in on itself to the point where fourth graders are actually having to debate the advantages of China s genocide of the Tibetan people, not the mention the equally devastating cultural genocide This is one bright kid and one whacked out progressive school And then there is Seattle I read an interview last year in which Maria Semple admitted this book was her rant on all that drove her batty about this dreary upper left corner of the Lower Forty eight shortly after she moved here now that she s been here awhile, she can t imagine living anyplace else But there is no malice in her observations okay, maybe just a wee bit toward Microsoft, but we all revile the place and anyway, it s not in Seattle instead, the author works her magic yet again, nailing dead on the bull s eye all that makes Seattle maddening and lovely Although the social strata she spoofs could exist anywhere in America s wealthier reaches, the details she provides are so crazy true I caught myself gasping with an insider s recognition Elgin s bike riding, Subaru driving, Keen wearing alter ego Umm guilty Molly Moon s Salted Caramel ice cream Jesus I dream of the stuff Cliff Mass Weather Blog The house goes silent at 9 a.m every Friday so I can listen to Cliff prognostications for the week ahead I can hear his baritone in every syllable of Semple s transcript The five way intersections Oh I know EXACTLY where the author and Bernadette lost her mind on Queen Anne though no one calls it Queen Anne Hill, just so s you know Yes, they lurk everywhere throughout our fair city The Microsoft Connecter I know it waited every morning on 45th in Wallingford for the express purpose of pulling out in front of me as I raced to beat the next light Daniel s Broiler on Lake Union I always wondered who ate there If anyone I know has, they aren t admitting it Blackberry bushes, the Westin, rain Check check check Bernadatte rants to a former colleague What you ve heard about the rain it s all true So you d think it would become part of the fabric, especially among the lifers But every time it rains, and you have to interact with someone, here s what they ll say Can you believe the weather And you want to say Actually, I can believe the weather What I can t believe is that I m actually having a conversation about the weather The city, and Bernadette s reactions to it, are part of the web that bears the weight of Semple s heavier themes a lost sense of self, depression, isolation and anxiety That she can hold it all together with such a deft hand at slapstick comedy without being cruel is yet another form of magic The plot twists are genius For Bernadette is not lost just in a metaphorical sense Semple takes us on a cruise to Antarctica and the book s title becomes a call that echoes in the blue glaciers of this frozen continent Hang on you might get a little seasick as you try to keep up, but it s so worth the ride Maria Semple has written a crazy good, original, hilarious, sweet and tender novel about a woman falling apart I think I saw that woman sitting in the window of Starbucks on the corner of Queen Anne Avenue and Boston last winter, laughing to herself It was raining pretty hard, so I can t be certain it was she Maybe it was just my reflection flag 69 likesLike see review View all 34 comments Jan 19, 2017 Debbie DJ rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves feel good, own What a fun read to begin the new year I resisted reading this for quite some time, as I generally like a deeper read Yet, right from the beginning the peculiarities of Seattle and Microsoft were sprinkled in through the story Hmm, I have a friend who lived there and worked at Microsoft Now I know why she s the crazy nut she is you know who you are I loved how the story was often told through emails between the characters, interspersed with the main character, a teenage girl name What a fun read to begin the new year I resisted reading this for quite some time, as I generally like a deeper read Yet, right from the beginning the peculiarities of Seattle and Microsoft were sprinkled in through the story Hmm, I have a friend who lived there and worked at Microsoft Now I know why she s the crazy nut she is you know who you are I loved how the story was often told through emails between the characters, interspersed with the main character, a teenage girl named Bee This was just a crazy fun read flag 59 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Dec 27, 2015 Glenn Sumi rated it really liked it review of another edition I wanted the last book I read in 2015 to be special, and Where d You Go, Bernadette fit the bill, despite the obvious chicklit cover More on the cover below The book was sweet but not saccharine, full of darkly funny humour but also a real warmth And it introduced me to two unforgettable characters Bernadette, a frustrated, mildly agoraphobic mother and former rising star architect, and Bee, her tiny, precocious daughter who was born with a congenital heart condition.Initially I found the I wanted the last book I read in 2015 to be special, and Where d You Go, Bernadette fit the bill, despite the obvious chicklit cover More on the cover below The book was sweet but not saccharine, full of darkly funny humour but also a real warmth And it introduced me to two unforgettable characters Bernadette, a frustrated, mildly agoraphobic mother and former rising star architect, and Bee, her tiny, precocious daughter who was born with a congenital heart condition.Initially I found the book written in an epistolary style through emails and notes, with additional commentary by Bee a little hard to navigate And the eponymous Bernadette seemed annoying and terribly entitled But once writer Maria Semple filled in Bernadette s backstory, her behaviour began to make sense And so did her world of annoying school parents whom she labels gnats , a helpful virtual assistant from India, and an over worked, barely present husband, Elgin, a superstar engineer at Microsoft.Among other things, we get a sharply satiric look at private schools, a take down of high maintenance L.A types, and oh yeah, a love hate examination of Seattle, where the book mostly takes place Most of my GR friends who know Seattle say Semple s observations about the city, from its architecture to its five way intersections, are dead on It s not until midway through the book that you grasp how Semple a former writer for clever sitcoms like Arrested Development and Mad About You has constructed the book I know a lot of people didn t like the second half, but I did That s where the heart is And that s where the cover not to mention the title begins to makes sense Among my takeaways from the book, besides a lovely scene set in a revolving restaurant and a very telling and symbolic image of penguins picking fights with other penguins much like Bernadette s neighbours do with her , is the concept of the brain as a discounting mechanism Look it up Or better yet read this book flag 56 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Dec 23, 2013 Isabel Allende rated it really liked it review of another edition Where d you go Bernardette, by Maria Semple is simple a riot of abook I laughed so uncontrollably in the plane that some passengerscomplained A Seattle teenage girl tells the story of how and why hereccentric mother, who has alienated everybody around her, includingher Microsoft geek of a husband, ends up lost in Antarctica Not tomiss if you need to get over a bout of depression flag 54 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 20, 2012 Suzanne rated it really liked it review of another edition When I first heard about this book, it sounded as though it might be just a story whose main point was to disparage Seattle But although there is humor in the book that might seem to be at the expense of Seattle in particular, it could have been set any number of places The main character, Bernardette, does go off on some diatribes, but it s nothing than the sort of complaining any urban dweller might do in any number of big cities The books lampoons institutions such as private schools When I first heard about this book, it sounded as though it might be just a story whose main point was to disparage Seattle But although there is humor in the book that might seem to be at the expense of Seattle in particular, it could have been set any number of places The main character, Bernardette, does go off on some diatribes, but it s nothing than the sort of complaining any urban dweller might do in any number of big cities The books lampoons institutions such as private schools and their weird obsessive parental rituals , Microsoft culture but this could just as easily have been the movie industry in L.A or academia in any college town, or something else, somewhere else , and aggravating trials of everyday life such as 5 way streets and long traffic signals She communicates her dismay at having to navigate around runaways, drug addicts, and bums, how one has to step over them on your way in to Nordstrom, or watch one of them at Starbucks hogging the milk counter because he s sprinkling free cinnamon on his head My Starbucks in suburban L.A often out of cinnamon Not saying for the same reason But it s suspicious You pretty much get what the tone of the book will be on the first page with the announcement of Bee s school s motto a place where compassion, academics, and global connectitude join together to create civic minded citizens of a sustainable and diverse planet Bernadette s target just happens to be Seattle because she s unhappy in general ways since her tech star husband s job at Microsoft brought them there She s suffered a couple of serious set backs in her own career as a cutting edge architect and has had to worry about the critical health issues of her daughter Bee A crazy quilt cast of characters unrolls from e mails, articles, bulletins, receipts, and other types of correspondence and documents that form this epistolary novel a consultant hired by Bee s school to help it compete for Mercedes parents, enemy neighbors Bernadette calls gnats, husband Elgie s admin at work who dispenses a lot of pop psychology learned at her Victims Against Victimhood group, Bernadette s India based virtual personal assistant, and a host of others Bernadette is a pretty prickly character with a reputation among the other parents and various locals as being asocial and a little strange deservedly She has some run ins with other people that cause grief to herself than to them, and she s hard to like at first But when the sources of her anguish and dysfunction are revealed, I was surprised how much my feelings turned around.The story is definitely entertaining A series of tribulations finally results in Bernadette s disappearance and her smart and determined teenage daughter Bee has to take the lead in trying to find her While the ending wasn t as satisfying as I d hoped for, it was a fun time, all in all And there s architecture And Antarctica What s not to like flag 51 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Oct 28, 2015 Whitney Atkinson rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves read in 2016, audiobook I m left very confused by this book I think the main issue here is that I thought this book would be totally different, but regardless, I can t wrap my head around this one People say it s humorous, but to me, it read like a satire and I was feeling left out by the joke The humorous situations were over the top and insanely dramatic, which felt very fake to me This book just seemed unreal I couldn t connect to anyone or anything I liked the audiobook a lot, but it reminded me of Beauty Q I m left very confused by this book I think the main issue here is that I thought this book would be totally different, but regardless, I can t wrap my head around this one People say it s humorous, but to me, it read like a satire and I was feeling left out by the joke The humorous situations were over the top and insanely dramatic, which felt very fake to me This book just seemed unreal I couldn t connect to anyone or anything I liked the audiobook a lot, but it reminded me of Beauty Queens by Libba Bray I can t put my finger on where this went wrong but it was boring and strange and in the end, I still don t know if Bernadette is supposed to be psychotic or a genius This book just went way over my head flag 48 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Oct 13, 2012 Oriana rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommended to Oriana by L Magazine Shelves zeitgeist y, read 2013 I came home from a lovely late dinner and was heading to the computer because there are so many things I have to do before I go back to work on Wednesday But I thought first I d make a quick cup of tea to shore me up, and while the water was boiling I figured I d just read for a sec and before I knew it I was on the couch under a comforter eating an entire bag of kettle corn and an hour had passed and I was turning the final pages of this delightful little gem.About the book It s a blackish li I came home from a lovely late dinner and was heading to the computer because there are so many things I have to do before I go back to work on Wednesday But I thought first I d make a quick cup of tea to shore me up, and while the water was boiling I figured I d just read for a sec and before I knew it I was on the couch under a comforter eating an entire bag of kettle corn and an hour had passed and I was turning the final pages of this delightful little gem.About the book It s a blackish little comedy of manners It s kind of caper y, and the plot gets maybe a little too absurd at times, but whatever Some things to be found herein outsider art, teen delinquents, tween geniuses, Seattle techie culture, architecture, interventions, Antarctica, gospel, mudslides, misanthropy, and a dog named Ice Cream How can you not already be laughing Another important thing to know is that this is an epistolary novel, that thing where it s all written in letters in this case emails, doctors reports, faxes, post it notes, etc although it s an epistolary novel like a rock opera is an opera, in that there are plenty of crucial passages written as standard narration, giving the reader some necessary background and embellishments that would be tough to glean through letters alone But this is a really brilliant tactical style, because it allows not just, like, one unreliable narrator, but instead a dozen semi reliable narrators, each of whom is speaking from his or her own legitimate point of view, one which isn t exactly wrong, but is often not the whole story Says Maria Semple herself, in that weird backmatter stuff that s like a guide for reading groups or whatever Epistolary novels, when done right, can be an explosion of fun And it is An explosion Of fun You just know Maria had such a marvelous time putting it all together And even impressive I didn t know a thing about the style gimmick going in When Night Film came out, all anyone could talk about was how it had websites and other modern trickeries woven in, but I heard no one gushing about how this one had a transcription of a TED Talk Which is pretty impressive, and speaks to how classily it was done, I think.Anyway, it rules Hurry up and read it, okay flag 47 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Aug 13, 2012 Diane S rated it really liked it review of another edition What an absolutely original, inventive and humorous novel, I can t remember the last time I read a novel that caused me to laugh out loud Bernadette is a definite original, someone I wish I knew in real life Yet, there are poignant moments, serious self realizations come to the surface and her daughter Bee is an absolute delight as well Who knew you could form complete characters from e mails, letters etc yet in this book Semple does it and does it well Definitely recommend flag 47 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Nov 07, 2018 Nat rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves library The Hype is Right Where d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple Book Spoilery Review Of the million reasons I don t want to go to Antarctica, the main one is that it will require me to leave the house Flipping through five pages of praise to get to the actual storyline of Where d You Go, Bernadette was a telling sign Plus the book is set in the month of November when it starts, which is the current month, and reading something that s set in the same period of time is only a bonus that wor The Hype is Right Where d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple Book Spoilery Review Of the million reasons I don t want to go to Antarctica, the main one is that it will require me to leave the house Flipping through five pages of praise to get to the actual storyline of Where d You Go, Bernadette was a telling sign Plus the book is set in the month of November when it starts, which is the current month, and reading something that s set in the same period of time is only a bonus that works in my favor, same as I mentioned back in my review for The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel set in June, read in June.When they say this book is made up of emails and letters, they re not kidding The whole first half of this book uses anything and everything, except standard chapters, to tell the story of the Branch family consisting of 15 year old Bee and her parents Bernadette Fox and Elgie and the people in their orbit We have transcripts taken from FBI documents, emails, articles, handwritten notes, an extravagant and detailed emergency room bill, and all the gossip filled correspondences from Galer Street In short It s a hoot to read through.The longer overview I ve been in the mood for a book that resembles Celeste Ng s Little Fires Everywhere ever since I completed it about a year ago, so the premise of Where d You Go, Bernadette exploring the rich white neighborhood of Galer Street, but also introducing complex components that have us in this love to hate relationship with certain characters ahem Aubrey had me intrigued I have to grant it to Bernadette, though, for first catching my attention with this spiel on the overpowering energy it requires to simply be with people The only way to get to Antarctica is by cruise ship Even the smallest one has 150 passengers, which translates into me being trapped with 149 other people who will uniquely annoy the hell out of me with their rudeness, waste, idiotic questions, incessant yammering, creepy food requests, boring small talk, etc Or worse, they might turn their curiosity toward me, and expect pleasantry in return I m getting a panic attack just thinking about it A little social anxiety never hurt anyone, am I right All the praise was raving about how hilarious this book was, so I kept an eye out for some uproarious laughter to consume me only to realize that Where d You Go, Bernadette doesn t feature that in your face outrageous humor but rather the everyday kind where you re talking and just are on the same wavelength of humor when talking and sharing It s so nice to see it play out on the page See, I never thought through the actual implication of you applying to boarding schools I.e that you d be leaving us But really, it s fine with me if you run off I ll still see you every day I glowered at her Oh, didn t I tell you she said I m going to move to Wallingford and rent a house off campus I already got a job working in the Choate dining hall Don t even joke, I said This right here made a smile creep up on my face because it s Bernadette s only upper hand as a mother to a teen It s the good hud kind of family jokes where you just know each other well enough to know what ticks them off and what doesn t.The kind of humor that makes you feel good, not at the cost of someone, unless, of course, we re talking about Dun Dun Duuuuun Audrey Griffin aka call the manager type of person Honesty, the skill it takes to somehow turn the events around so that everyone but her is at blame is astonishing You do not want to be in her favor Or ever owe her anything ever A great example of this are her letters to the director of Gaylor Street School, Gwen Goodyear Speaking of Warren, he s looking into the legality of letting a student who s a known drug abuser finish out the semester Isn t that a threat to the other students I m asking out of curiosity.If you re so hell bent on placing blame, I suggest you look in the mirror Bam Her letters to fallible Gwen Goodyear were always a ruckus She emits that passive aggressiveness that s like aggressive aggressiveness, and it s something else to experience from the sidelines.Also, her accomplice Soo Lin who s a known homewrecker TIME OUT REALITY CHECK honestly, I m perplexed as to what good she thought would come out of chasing after a married man the married man in question is a cheat, as well, for trying to neatly pack up his wife, instead of questioning what s going on and actually communicate his thoughts to her So I wasn t mad at Audrey for handling Soo Lin some dose of aggressive aggressiveness How s this for irony Remember when you were divorcing Barry, and Warren handled the whole thing for you gratis, saving you thirty thousand dollars Remember when you literally sobbed in gratitude, promising you d make it up to us Here s your chance I ll let myself in with the key under the cupid.One question What do you want for dinner I m going to have a feast waiting when you get home.Blessings, you As well as, Bernadette getting to take her own jab at Soo Lin s expense FOX You re a Seattle born secretary and you have no place in this house You do not get to wreck a home and expect to go by unscathed You do not mess up someone s marriage just because they re unhappy in it That is nowhere your place to intervene I received some closure when Soo Lin had her moment of realization, alas a tad too late.Surprisingly, Audrey Griffin grew to have the most the most character development, but the writing didn t demonstrate it thoroughly with the constant skimming over her life I wanted to hear on Audrey and her son, Kyle, getting better Kyle is a jackass with his antics, but he s on the road to redemption with his unrelating, force of nature mother by his side.One of those antics relate to Bee We weren t allowed to wait in the office ever since Kyle Griffin was sent there one day, and when nobody was looking he went through the Galer Street directory and started calling all the parents from the main office number So when the parents looked at their cell phones, it said there was an incoming call from Galer Street They d answer, and Kyle screamed, There s been an accident and hung up From then on, all the kids had to wait outside The praise for this book also mentioned how it s full of emails and letters, so I assumed they were interspersed throughout the chapters, but nope, they mean what they say Where d You Go, Bernadette starts with the Branch family then veers off into different characters orbiting them by sneaking into their personal exchanges and interaction It makes for a particularly entertaining epistolary format, similar perhaps to Illuminae in a contemporary setting I love dialogue driven stories so transcript and emails are my favorite things to speed through a book I was surprised to find that it was solely told in that medium until the investigation concerning Bernadette s whereabouts reaches a dead end, and we return to the usual chapter format So the characters get to comment on the first half of the book, aka the bunch of concentrated files, and they get to say what we d been thinking throughout You were a real rock star, Dad, walking down the aisle of the Microsoft Connector I didn t write that Your girlfriend did However, I feel like so much of this book focused on the action of getting to Antarctica and reconnecting the clues on Bernadette s whereabouts when in reality it s just a major case of miscommunication that we kind of missed expanding on the character driven aspect of this story I mean, the main conflict of the book is in the title, Where d You Go, Bernadette , but it s about so much than piecing together the puzzle It s about family and owning up to your mistakes and coming of age and mother daughter connections The last one I had the most joy uncovering I was going through an Abbey Road phase because I had just read a book about the last days of the Beatles, and I spent most of breakfast telling Mom about it I wanted moment like this that show how supportive and close Bee and Bernadette are like with their mutual love for Cliff Mass, the weather boy echo of wouldn t you like to know weather boy who likes to uses fancy words and long winded sentences to essentially say it s just raining Oh my God, can someone please stop me before I write about Cliff Mass These revealing moments I found to be missing in the whirlwind to keep up with the plot Details help me fall into a story and the characters, as it was written so wisely in Mitch Albom s For One More Day Details were something to grab on to, a way to insert myself into the story Going back to the start, Bernadette s vulnerability when Bee was born struck a chord Here s what inconsolable looks like me sitting in my car in the parking lot of Children s Hospital, all the windows rolled up, wearing my hospital gown, twelve inches of pads between my legs and Elgie s parka over my shoulders, Elgie standing outside in the dark, trying to make me out through fogged windows I was all torture and adrenaline I had no thoughts, no emotions Inside me roiled something so terrible that God knew he had to keep my baby alive, or this torrent within me would be unleashed on the universe She needed some sunshine after the big dark cloud that had been following her for years And it came in the form of her daughter Bee Was I really so bad that I deserved to have three years of my life destroyed for some rich prick s practical joke So I had some cars towed, yes I made a gate out of trash doorknobs I m an artist I won a MacArthur grant, for fuck s sake Don t I get a break I ll be watching TV and see Nigel Mills Murray s name at the end I ll go nuts inside He gets to keep creating, and I m the one who s still in pieces I wanted to delve deeply into moments like these that came to shape the family Lastly, Elgie Branch does not deserve Bernadette in this universe or any alternate creation Their relationship was another aspect that wasn t expanded on, so I had nothing to hold on as to why these two even got together in the first place to start a family So Elgie and his brash decision making can jump into infinity and beyond You look for horses, I said While you spent your whole life at work, me and Mom were having the best, funnest time ever Mom and I lived for each other She wouldn t do anything close to getting drunk and walking next to a ship s balcony because it would mean she might never see me again That you think she would shows how little you know her You look for horses, Dad Bee knows Bernadette you don t.Thank you for coming to my 4 most watched TEDTalk of all time From Audrey GriffinTo Soo Lin Lee SegalI don t give a fig about Ted I don t know who he is and I don t care what he says during this talk you refuse to shut up about Make your bookish purchase through my Affiliate Where d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple I ll make a small commission Support creators you love Buy a Coffee for nat bookspoils with Ko fi bookspoils This review and can be found on my blog flag 42 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        Maria Semple s first novel, This One is Mine, was set in Los Angeles, where she also wrote for television shows including Arrested Development, Mad About You, and Ellen She escaped from Los Angeles and lives with her family in Seattle, where her second novel takes place.


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    1. A douche canoe that I probably shouldn t have dated for a couple months a few years ago once told me that I didn t like Glee because I didn t understand satire I d like to hand him this book and say, Bite me, asshat This is satire I suppose that s an entirely different story The point is, I loved this book It s sharp, witty, heartwarming, and entirely entertaining Of course, it came from someone involved with Arrested Development should I expect any less The first three four [...]


    2. Just found this book in my luggage recently, I read it while traveling a while back, and never got around to recording it here This happens a lot I m hesitant to assign a star rating here hesitant than usual Not only did I read this months ago, but the genre isn t one that I spend a lot of time reading.But where do I rank it I know it didn t anger or disappoint me in any way I d remember that but neither did I feel the need to rush on here and review it, or force it on any of my Just found this [...]


    3. People like you must create If you don t create, Bernadette, you will become a menace to society. Oh My Gawd I love this so much Bee Fox, genius daughter of the infamously famous Bernadette Fox, has a puzzle to solve where in the world is her mother Before her mother went missing, Bee s parents made the dubious promise of buying her whatever she wanted IF she got perfect gradeswhich she did and she cashed that in for a trip to Antarctica And with the help of an online India [...]


    4. What we have here is a satirical epistolary novel about a bunch of whiny one percenters in Seattle Ms Semple is sending up Seattle elites, which here seem to be typified by Bernadette s husband Elgie, a granola eating, public transport using, bike riding, Microsoft employee with a genius IQ She also sets her sights on the students and parents of a Montessori style preparatory school I don t feel a particular need to explain what happens, because it s pretty well traveled stuff Where BERNADE What [...]


    5. Well, let this be a lesson to those who would open their mouths and spew venom into the world I once wrote very publicly and loudly on this here that I could never love a satire don t even remember which book I was reviewing The point is, this book has made me eat my words This fucking book, man I loved it It s my cheese, my oreo cookie, my soft blanket on a cold winter s night, my let s pack everything up and head out for an adventure because FUCK YEAH WE RE ALIVE I m so gla Well, let this be [...]


    6. For the first time ever, I m going with the appointed rating system This book was simply OK , therefore I am giving it 2 stars I didn t hate it or anything, but it really didn t do anything for me.I didn t find it funny or all that quirky to be quite honest , and the characters were all a bit bland I was also disappointed that what I had originally thought was the whole point of the book Bernadette disappearing right before a trip to Antarctica didn t even happen until way later For the first t [...]


    7. Pearl Ruled2017 UPDATE If you can even imagine such a thing, Richard Linklater is filming this craptastic insult to the word chick lit in PITTSBURGH No, no one ll notice it s not Seattle It will be in theaters Mother s Day 2018, which is yet another belt in the chops to women everywhere.Rating 1.6 of five p97 The Publisher Says 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 disgr Pearl [...]


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