Title: Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Author: Maria Semple
This was a fantastic novel with a strong main character. The book is about Bee Branch, an 8th grader with a Straight A report card. In reward for her good grades, she gets to pick anywhere to go for a trip, and she picks Antarctica. In the days leading up to the trip, her eccentric mom Bernadette battles angry moms, a very messy music party, and a rickety house.
Told in texts, emails, and letters, this is a one-sitting type book. What makes this different than every other book is its divine humor percolating throughout the novel. Ms. Semple also never takes her foot off the gas pedal, meaning she’s in it to the end. The book never drags and it is perfect for anyone looking for an intelligent and VERY funny book to throw in the beach (or pool) tote bag.
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Peter, Teen Blogger