Book 15: Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

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Title: Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Author: Maria Semple

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Humour


Bee’s mother Bernadette, is infamous in town for being strange, quirky, opinionated, and aloof. Then one day, Bernadette disappears and Bee begins her search for the mother she deeply loves. By meticulously compiling and sorting through emails, correspondences, news articles, and other forms of writing, a picture of Bernadette, who she was, who she became, and more importantly, where she is, emerges.

Edition: Little, Brown and Company, 2012, paperback, 330 pages

Eaten Thru On: 11:56pm, August 10, 2014


Little Bee reminds me so much of Roald Dahl’s Matilda. Her intelligence, her courage, her fire. If these two girls ever met, I’m almost certain they would be the best of friends. This immediately drew me to Bee, the adorable detective behind all the letters, emails, and pieces of evidence she’s meticulously collected and took a magnifying glass to.

Which brings me to the way this novel is laid out: a sea of written documents of all kinds with Bee’s voice penetrating through them here and there. I loved it. At first, the story jumped around a lot, from one storyline to another. But as it progressed, all the lines came together nicely and everything revealed their purpose. I enjoyed slowly learning about Bernadette’s past, seeing Bee’s personality and fierceness emerge, the very adult problems that weaved its way in, and ultimately, experiencing the strength and love within a family.

A sweet, shocking, and funny story with a strong, ambitious, and wonderfully witty narrator.

Final Verdict: 4/5 Bees

Recommended For: beach days, mystery-newbies, and a light read between heavy-weights.

Next Target: Factory Girls by Leslie Chang, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan


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