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Where’d You Go, Bernadette -Maria Semple



People like you must create. If you don’t create, Bernadette, you will become a menace to society.

Oh. My. Gawd. I love this so much. 

Bee Branch, genius daughter of the infamously famous Bernadette Fox, has a puzzle to solve – where in the world is her mother? 

Before her mother went missing, Bee’s parents made the dubious promise of buying her whatever she wanted IF she got perfect grades…which she did and she cashed that in for a trip to Antarctica. 

And with the help of an online Indian personal assistant, Bernadette begins planning…and planning…and planning…and quickly realizes that perhaps, it may have been a bit of a mistake to make such a rash promise.

One of the main reasons I don’t like leaving the house is because I might find myself face to face with a Canadian.

Meanwhile the pressures mount from all sides until suddenly *poof* Bernadette disappears.

It’s up to Bee to find her – and she is not about to back down.

Hello, can I help you with something? If not, please step aside because I’m about to kick the shit out of life.

In short – abso-freaking-lutely hilarious. 

I was laughing to myself almost every chapter – Semple combined just the right amount of hilarity and heartwarming hi-jinks.

Bernadette has such an amazing take on life – she was sassy and witty every single moment she was on the page.

‘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.’

My favorite part? The ongoing battle with Audrey – the snooty next door neighbor.

The petty squabbling and the exponentially increasing responses made my jaw drop – especially when the kindergartners got PTSD from billboard incident.

This is one that needs to be read to be fully appreciated – I am absolutely in love.

Interested in this one from Maria Semple? Buy it here:  Amazon

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