Sometimes you just need a book that isn’t too heavy and emanates a positive attitude. I’ll be honest, I read a TON of books that are, without a doubt, depressing. I’m not sure why but these are the types of stories that feel real to me and in their own way, they feed my soul. But reading these books back to back, I have to find something a little lighter and refreshing every once in a while and thanks to one of my fellow podcasters, Martha Steele, I found exactly what I needed!
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? follows a small family who you could easily describe as eclectic. Bee is a student who is highly intelligent and doesn’t quite fit in with her peers at school. Her mother, Bernadette, is borderline agoraphobic and was previously a highly-acclaimed architect. Bernadette’s husband, Elgin, works for Google and is very devoted to his career. When Bee receives perfect grades on her report card, it’s decided that the family will celebrate with a trip to Antarctica. Bernadette utilizes her virtual assistant that lives in India to aide in preparing for the vacation but just before the trip, Bernadette disappears.
I have to say, this story is so different from what I usually read and it’s also comedic. The story itself is told throughout a series of various documents ranging from letters to official records of investigation and even Bernadette’s correspondence with her virtual assistant. Occasionally, Bee even chimes in with her own commentary on the circumstances. The innocence and mystery of the story will definitely transport you to better days and you won’t be left feeling angry or shocked.
If you are looking for a light hearted, feel good story with a little humor and adventure, you definitely need to check out Where’d You Go, Bernadette? It’s a perfect read for your own summer adventures or maybe those lazy days by the pool.
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