Review: ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel’ by Maria Semple

I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel’ by Maria SempleWhere'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Published by Little Brown on August 14th, 201
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary
Pages: 330
Format: Hardcover
Source: requested from publisher
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.

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The reader’s point of view is from Bernadette Fox’s daughter Bee who is a genius child and wants nothing more than to go to Antarctica with her parents. Following a string of letters, emails, notes, and even conversations between all the characters is a story about how Bernadette Fox goes missing. Her quirky actions ultimately lead to one of her biggest secrets, resulting in her only daughter to search for her.

Where’d You Go Bernadette is a wonderfully humourous read. I loved the different writing style where the story plops a letter or an email from one of the characters to another character. It shows a different dimension to the character and a rather funny one at best. Can I just say how much I love Bernadette and her crazy ways? She even reminds me of Becky Bloomwood from Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series. Both beautiful, loveable, and has everyone’s best interests at heart.

I wasn’t surprised to hear that this was written by one of the writers from one of my favourite TV shows Arrested Development. It pokes fun at Seattle, at Microsoft, at snobby rich kids, and even Canada! I couldn’t help but chuckle at Bernadette’s reason WHY she hates Canadians..I was literally laughing into the book.

Where’d You Go Bernadette is a fun and fresh read, perfect for a sunny afternoon at the beach. Good natured and antisocial Bernadette Fox has notoriously become one of my favourite adult characters to date, next to Becky Bloomwood of course. Give it a try, I highly recommend it.


Maybe that’s what religion is, hurling yourself off a cliff and trusting that something bigger will take care of you and carry you to the right place.






  1. Ali

    June 9, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    LOVED this book! Thought it was hilarious!

    • giselle

      June 16, 2016 at 10:02 AM

      Me too! I need more funny reads like this

  2. Ellen M @ The Canon

    February 26, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    I have been looking at this book each time I go to the bookstore, but have never quite gotten to picking it up! Your review has inspired me to go out & grab it 🙂
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  4. Jaime Lynn

    August 17, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    This sounds like a cute, fun read. And I adore the cover.

  5. holdenj

    September 28, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    I didn’t realize Semple wrote for Arrested Development. It looks likes like a books I’d like to read! Thanks!

  6. Lilian S

    September 28, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Thanks for the review,
    i need story which make me laugh, and this novel is great for me.

  7. Fiery Na

    September 26, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    I’ve seen this book around but never read the blurb. I perked up a little that the characters sounds a bit like Becky because I enjoy Sophie Kinsella’s books. It sounds thoroughly entertaining and I’m interested to see what she has to say about Canadians and if her perceptions are true.

  8. Erika

    September 26, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    This looks like a fun read and the character seems likable! Thanks for your thoughts! I’ll be adding it to my to-read list.

  9. Jenn@OwlReadIt

    September 25, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Now I have to read it to find out why she hates

    This book sounds like a great laugh, thanks for the review. I think I’ll be adding it to my TBR!

  10. Grace Lo

    September 25, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    I think I’ve heard of this, but I didn’t really look into it. (I didn’t like the cover too much.) Now, it seems quite interesting and I might just go check it out.

  11. Allyson Rida

    September 25, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    This books seems very funny! I like the cover, I knew this was a story about a kid as soon as I saw it. I haven’t read any book by Maria Semple before, I usually comb through the YA shelf more 😉

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