Where’d you go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

‘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.’

Where’d you go, Bernadette? was yet another case of love at first sight.

I am not going to lie. I fell in love with its cover the moment I laid my eyes on it. It’s just absolutely fabulous. It seemed to transpire a lightness that I found rather enchanting. I just couldn’t help but smile. So here we are…

It didn’t really take me long to finish this novel because the writing is fantastic to the point of becoming extremely addictive. You find yourself in the middle of this mystery, all these voices, these events that you must make sense of… And then there’s Bernadette’s voice. She is as fabulous as the cover. I absolutely adored how feisty she was. And the humour! Ah, the wonders of a well-written book…

I had so much fun looking for the woman hiding behind the big sunglasses and headscarves. And it was also an absolute pleasure getting to know her. Quite a brilliant mind, I would say. It must be one of the things she has in common with her creator, the wonderful Maria Semple.

I find it amazing how Semple brings all these quite heavy topics onto the table without falling into a bottomless pit. It seems like Bree’s voice, Bernadette’s daughter, helps keep things afloat. It’s quite fantastic to witness.

My heart started racing, not the bad kind of heart racing, like I’m going to die. But the good kind of heart racing, like, Hello, can I help you with something? If not, please step aside because I’m about to kick the shit out of life.”

I guess what I am trying to say is that you should give this book a go.


2 thoughts on “Where’d you go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

  1. I just finished it! I agree with your review. I really enjoyed the writing style – finding it fun and refreshing – it brought more mystery to the novel. Also it was crazy/quirky/fun – which who doesn’t want to read that. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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