I’ve been wanting to read this book for several months, but I kept forgetting about it until recently. My boyfriend read it when it first came out an loved it. This, combined with the time it took me to finally read it, and the overwhelmingly high praise by critics and readers alike, left me with fairly high expectations. Maria Semple’s character’s, full of eccentricity and snappy dialogue, are enthralling. If you’re in the market for a “summer book” but are searching for something with substance and wit, I think this makes a lovely choice. It toes the line between humorous and serious with remarkable agility, and is truly a pleasure to read.
The story, told in a construction of emails, notes, and various other “evidence” took me a page or two to adjust to, but soon had me hooked. In a matter of two days I was already 2/3 of the way through. As much as I wanted to know about what exactly happened to Bernadette, and how her family coped with her disappearance, I couldn’t help but try to wait. The sooner I picked the book back up, the sooner I would finish reading.
Of course I had to pick the book back up, not only to unravel the mystery, but to check in on characters I’d quickly become quite fond of. In a recent conversation with Cameron, I remarked that it’s really a shame that one is able to see or read something for the first time only once. Some things that came to mind were the Harry Potter series I read through my childhood, and the magic of watching a classic movie like How to Catch a Thief for the first time. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? may very well make the list.
The ending was as perfectly unexpected as the rest of the book, and left me wishing there were more, but without any unresolved plot lines. I will miss this book and all of its wonderfully eccentric, creative characters.