“Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” You’ll Have to Read the Book to Find Out
Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a quick but thrilling read in the world of Young Adult literature. You don’t have to be 14 to love this book, and though it may not be filled with the literary depth of J.R.R. Tolkien or Donna Tartt, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth your time.
The first half (actually, a little more than that) of the book is actually a collection of documents that range from emails and hand-written notes to faxes and official reports. Through all these pieces, a story is formed revolving around the character Bernadette Fox, a McArthur Genius Grant winning architect turned mom turned unsocial Seattle transplant. Where’d You Go, Bernadette climaxes with the disappearance of Bernadette, and the remainder of the story turns to a first person narrative of her daughter, Bee, to find her.
This book moves quickly, and its characters are so well developed that you’ll immediately form attachments to many of them—rooting for their happiness and hoping for their best. If you’re looking for a fun summer read…this is your book.