Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

By Maria Semple

  • Release Date: 2012-08-14
  • Genre: Family
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 2,358 Ratings)


A misanthropic matriarch leaves her eccentric family in crisis when she mysteriously disappears in this whip-smart and "divinely funny" novel that inspired the movie starring Cate Blanchett (New York Times).
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 her best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette vanishes. It all 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, and secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and surprisingly touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.


  • Disappointed

    By Frenchy Girl 2016
    Was loving this book until the last section and it took a turn to boring and anti climatic.
  • Loved it!

    By Peonies+Magnokia
    Charming and laugh out loud funny, I recommend this book to everyone.
  • Excellent Novel

    By Graceful prancer
    Fantastic book from start to finish. The beginning, like any other, was slow, yet makes more sense if you reread the first few pages. I can’t wait for the movie!
  • I love it

    By littlesuperstar22
    I couldn't stop reading it ... loved everything about it
  • Loved it!

    By Lauren D. 
    This book was awesome and i have been searching for something like it ever since. Hoping to enjoy "Today Will Be Different" but the reviews are making me not so sure about it.
  • Where'd you go, Bernedette

    By 2468snoozy
    I don't write many reviews but I do read a lot of books. This was the quirkiest story...ever...and I loved it. It took a while to actually get In to it. About half way through...i couldn't put it down. It made me smile, laugh, shack my head. I had fabulous visions of All the happenings and places. I really enjoyed it.
  • What did I just read???

    By Kstark0813
    Eh... Funny, but not good. I usually love all books, but this one was hard to like. Characters were boring and story was way too hard to follow. Don't bother.
  • A fun read

    By Ldancem
    Lighthearted and very entertaining. I enjoyed the mixed media format. The characters were quirky and compelling. A quick read because it was so fun, and I had no idea what to expect next. Definitely recommend!
  • A fun read

    By BPF72
    I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a funny and quirky story with interesting characters who were easy to relate to. I thought it got a little slow toward the end, which is why I gave it 4 stars. Overall, I loved it and would definitely recommend!
  • Not my favorite

    By Katrina0509
    This book is unique in how it is written. A few parts I liked, when Bee and her dad were in Antarctica, but overall, not so much. I simply could not relate to Bernadette at all. People go thru both personal and professional disappointments and failures all the time, a lot worse than she did, but have to adapt and move on. Would I Recommend it, no.