Where'd You Go, Bernadette? - Maria Semple


This has been much-hyped for its humour and heart, but I had a hard time finding either. I'm all for unsympathetic characters if they're also interesting but it's wearing when all the characters are boring and unpleasant, and these were a load of neurotic people shouting at each other and ruining their lives in unlikely ways. Yet again, I can't quite connect with the general applause for this one.

And why isn't there a question mark on the cover? I'm glad I read this on my Kindle so it didn't irritate me until now.


  1. Hmm, I might skip this one. Sounds like an exclamation mark was more to the point given the shouting in the book. As in Where'd You Go.... Bernadette!!!

  2. Yes, that about sums it up! Other people seem to think it's funny, so don't let me put you off!

  3. I saw another review that described it as 'whiny one-per-center drivel'. A little harsh maybe, but not by much.

  4. It's been hyped to high heaven in the media but I've yet to meet anyone who's actually enjoyed it - though one friend said they heard the author read a passage and it came across as hilarious. Perhaps context is all.