Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Bernadette Fox has vanished. When her daughter Bee claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, Bernadette, a fiercely intelligent shut-in, throws herself into preparations for the trip. But worn down by years of trying to live the Seattle life she never wanted, Ms. Fox is on the brink of a meltdown. And after a school fundraiser goes disastrously awry Bernadette Fox has vanished. When her daughter Bee claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grad...

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Title:Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Author:Maria Semple
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Where'd You Go, Bernadette
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:330 pages pages

Where'd You Go, Bernadette Reviews

  • Meg
    Oct 21, 2012
    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'...
  • Jessica Jeffers
    May 23, 2012
    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....
  • Travis Fortney
    Jun 30, 2012
    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 ...
  • Steve
    Apr 12, 2013
    I figure my best hope of getting more 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, t...
  • Paige
    Mar 27, 2013
    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 ...
  • Patrick
    Mar 31, 2016
    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 (more hesitant than usual) Not only did I read this months ago, but the genre isn't one t...
  • Fabian
    Feb 27, 2014
    Simply put: READ THIS, or you WILL have a supremely LAME life. This I solemnly swear... Yup, 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 re...
  • Annet
    Apr 29, 2018
    People don't go to Antarctica, they're called to Antarctica... I 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...
  • Mischenko
    Sep 18, 2019
    Where?d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple is a book about a family living in Seattle, Washington. Bernadette is wife to Elgin (Elgie), and their Daughter Bee is a young teen just out of middle school. Before moving to Seattle, Bernadette suffered a catastrophic event in her arcit...
  • Julie Christine
    Jun 09, 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 ...
  • Ashley
    Dec 01, 2012
    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 Goodreads 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 wo...
  • Will Byrnes
    Aug 18, 2019
    What happens when the creative urge is stifled, by others, one?s own mishugas, or both? Phil Stutz, my guy. And when I say my guy, I mean, the guy who gave me the idea for WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE. He's the one who told me, after whining on the phone to him for an hour about how mu...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    Jul 05, 2016
    For the first time ever, I'm going with the Goodreads-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 ...
  • Nataliya
    Jun 05, 2014
    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,...
  • Lormac
    Aug 09, 2013
    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 h...
  • Rich
    Oct 14, 2012
    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 cou...
  • Richard Derus
    Dec 07, 2012
    Pearl Ruled 2017 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 wom...
  • Debra
    Apr 05, 2013
    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 Bernadet...
  • Rebbie
    Feb 02, 2017
    4 1/2 magnificent stars!! Another fitting name could be: How Bernadette Got Her Groove Back :p Bernadette 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 Antarcti...
  • Luffy
    Aug 24, 2017
    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 ...
  • Debbie "DJ"
    Jan 19, 2017
    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 Goodreads friend who lived there and worked...
  • Lola
    Dec 02, 2016
    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 t...
  • Jaidee
    May 29, 2013
    1.5 "whatever~~" stars !! .Maria Semple is a very clever, clear and concise writer which are all really good attributes....however this book was beyond disappointing.....it was at the upper end of "crap".....two dimensional caricatures behaving so horribly and uncomprehendingly to...
  • Isabel Allende
    Dec 23, 2013
    Where'd you go Bernardette, by Maria Semple is simple a riot of a book. I laughed so uncontrollably in the plane that some passengers complained. A Seattle teenage girl tells the story of how and why her eccentric mother, who has alienated everybody around her, including her Micros...
  • Glenn Sumi
    Dec 27, 2015
    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...
  • emma
    Apr 19, 2018
    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 ...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    Jun 17, 2019
    3.5 stars. Quirky and unforgettable characters with a unique and captivating storyline. This novel was a refreshing change of pace from what I have been reading lately. A silly, unpredictable story with eccentric and entertaining characters that had me laughing out loud. I rea...
  • Ceecee
    Sep 02, 2019
    A really enjoyable change for me! Set principally in Seattle this is a highly entertaining story of Bernadette, a talented architect who hasn?t worked for twenty years, her husband Elgin who is a genius doing terribly clever things at Microsoft and their wonderful daughter Bee. I lik...
  • Teodora
    Feb 24, 2019
    3/5 ? Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf ? (Quick funny story: after I read how Bernadette had disappeared, my immediate Romanian reaction was: A disp?rut ca m?garul Ón cea??! which literally means ?She disappeared like the donkey in the fog?. Yeah *dubio...
  • Miranda Reads
    Nov 30, 2018
    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 Branch, genius daughter of the infamously famous Bernadette Fox, has a puzzle to solve - where in the world is her mother? Before h...