I’m back with another book review after skipping one week. I didn’t do that on purpose, I expected one was scheduled. But I guess there was not.

Anyway, I haven’t stopped reading. I still have a few books to review, so I will be posting those.

Today I’m talking about Where’d you go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. This book was on my TBR-list for forever, and finally I took it from the library and read it. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations.

First of all, the synopsis: 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 at her hands, she disappears, leaving her family to pick up the pieces–which is exactly what Bee does, weaving together an elaborate web of emails, invoices, and school memos that reveals a secret past Bernadette has been hiding for decades. 

Also read: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

My thoughts on Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

As I’ve said, it didn’t live up to my expectations.

But trying to put that aside, there were definitely good parts. The format takes some getting used to. The story is told through s-mails, notes, memo’s and sometimes a little bit of life. I didn’t like it at first, mostly because a big part of it was an e-mail exchange between two friends that were gossiping about Bernadette. Both those characters were awful, just their whole personality.

Bee was very naive to the point of annoyance. But since she is just 15 or so years old, I forgive her. She is just a girl who loves her mother fiercely.

Bernadette is… Well, I can’t really explain. I really thought there was something about her that wasn’t just right. But at the end of the book I didn’t know what to think anymore. I can’t really say anything else without spoiling anything, but by the end I felt sorry for her.

Then the plot line. That was okay-ish. I think it could have been better if the format was different. More exciting, thrilling and mysterious maybe.

Final rating

I liked the different format, although it didn’t work for this book (for me). The characters were varied and the plot was okay. All in all, 3 out of 5 stars. ⭐

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts?