Where’d You Go, Bernadette is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read, and when you read as much as I do, it takes more than a few one-line zingers to get me to laugh out loud. I’m super excited that they are making a movie starring the amazing Cate Blanchett, but I’m also so nervous because it’s a rare, rare occurrence that a movie is halfway as good as the book. Fingers crossed that it delivers, because Bernadette is one of those characters you never forget because she’s acerbic, absurd, eccentric, and endearing.
She also hates Seattle, which is unfortunate because that is where she lives. You know how some books are a love letter to a city? This is not one of those books. Bernadette also has no tolerance for the BS of the moms at the private school that her darling daughter Bee attends. That’s because Bernadette is a legendary architect who is not only a genius, but also agoraphobic, which makes interacting with people outside her home a little challenging. Although there are many people, places, and things Bernadette doesn’t like, she loves her daughter, so that’s why she’s so conflicted when Bee asks for a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for her good report card. I told you that Bernadette does not like to leave the house, so that’s a real problem. And that’s when it gets real interesting. The highly agoraphobic Bernadette goes missing, and it’s up to her daughter to figure out the mystery of what happened.
If you haven’t read the book yet, read it quickly before the movie comes out. And if you’re already a big fan like me, then here are some other books like Bernadette that you will like!