Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

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Originally published in: 2012

What it’s about: Bee Fox, daughter of the titular Bernadette, looking for her mother after a string of dramatic incidents occur and she disappears.

What made me pick it up: I’ve had this book recommended to me repeatedly in the past few years. It’s been touted as “fun”. I’ve also participated in recommending it to people for our library’s reader’s advisory service, and I was finally curious to see what it’s all about. And I had it on audio, which makes reading that much more enticing.

My favorite things: The narrator of this audiobook is excellent. I highly recommend listening to it. I also really liked the characters of Bee and Bernadette. I thought the author incorporated that snide, upper crust, private school stereotype well. I also enjoyed the bit of unreliable narration and the mostly-plausible missed connections and misunderstandings that drove everything haywire.

Who it’s great for: Adults. Older teens. Anyone looking to suspend disbelief. Those who like things too neatly tied up at the end. Readers in pursuit of a short, entertaining read.

Erica’s rating: three-shells

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