Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Rating –  4.67 out of 5

In Where’d You Go, Bernadette, when Bernadette goes missing, her family expects the worst. After disappearing during an emotionally charged moment, Bernadette’s whereabouts remain a mystery. As the events leading up to her disappearance unfold Bee, her daughter, tries to make sense of what has happened, as well as where her mother could have gone.

Favorite Quote

“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 more boring. The sooner you learn it’s on you to make life interesting, the better off you’ll be.”

― Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Why I liked Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

I read Where’d You Go, Bernadette, for the first time a few years ago. The story immediately caught and held my attention just because of the absurdity of it all. There was so much drama baked into what are pretty low-stake situations that I could not stop without knowing how petty the adults around Bernadette would get. By the time that I got to the point in the story where Bernadette disappears, I felt a kinship with her. Even though I knew that she would not run away for a reason so petty, I too understood just how one could go a little crazy from the pressure.

There are some deeper truths in Where’d You Go, Bernadette that made this story truly something to behold. I don’t often think about what it would be like to be an artist that does not create, but that thought is a worth wile one, even for non-artists. I am a writer, and creator, and it is important for me to be creating. I’m not happy unless I can be outputting my thoughts into the world, even if no one sees them. The validation of those feelings but also a glimpse into a future where I do not get to output creatively are present in this book. Because of this thread, I find Where’d You Go, Bernadette to be one of Semple’s best novels. She hit on a deeper truth about what it means to be human that I don’t often see explored.



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