Sometimes after a book takes a long time to get through, you’ve just gotta jump in and read something fast and fun.
Maria Semple’s Where’s You Go, Bernadette, was exactly that.
When her daughter claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, Bernadette starts to unravel. She hates leaving the house, hates other people, and just knows she’ll be seasick the entire cruise. Bernadette–once a well-known name in architecture–has been living in Seattle with her family, trying to move on from a painful past, but things finally start to catch up with her.
When Bernadette disappears, her daughter had to piece together correspondence and documents to try to find out what happened to her mother and where she went.
This book was such a light, fun read. Bernadette’s shenanigans and sass are so relatable and at the heart of it all, the message of finding yourself in unlikely places.
Semple uses letters, documents, emails, and first person narrative to weave her story together, collecting insight into the characters and their thoughts. All the while, despite the real and heavy issues, you find yourself laughing and relating to the characters (and living vicariously through them, perhaps).
I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for something fun and fast. It’s a little bit drama, little bit adventure, and all comedy.