Wednesday Afternoon Break: Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Avoca Coffee Roasters

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Time for a midweek reading break!

In the second half of Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple we arrive at the point in the story where Bernadette goes missing. The hunt is on with her daughter Bee working the hardest to find out the truth behind Bernadette’s disappearance. As the drama increases, the wit, humor, and sarcasm continue. One of the enjoyable aspects of Semple’s story structure is how we learn of revelations. As we read through new documents, details fall into place to provide those “ah-ha” moments that keep the pages turning.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a pure delight that has you laughing throughout the story. Its cleverness and energy provide a great escape and reminder that even in life’s most chaotic moments it doesn’t mean there still isn’t some enjoyment to be had.

Wednesday Afternoon Break © Fort Worth Reader 2019

Wednesday Afternoon Break © Fort Worth Reader 2019


Avoca Coffee Roasters is in the historic Near Southside neighborhood on West Magnolia Avenue. The shop opened in 2011 and is very popular in Fort Worth. The cozy and numerous seating, inside and outside, provide a great place to enjoy coffee, tea, or a sweet snack as you read the pages of your current book. Several groups use the location to meet for conversation and individuals also enjoy different spaces to dive into work or studies. Due to its popularity, bringing headsets may be a good idea as you read. The staff is wonderful, and it is easy to feel right at home.

Wednesday Afternoon Break © Fort Worth Reader 2019


As Bee commits to putting the pieces together behind her mom’s disappearance, she must ignore the “wisdom” of the adults around her. Since she is an eighth-grader, many assume she wouldn’t understand why this happened. During Bee’s narration, she shares how her skin would get blue due to her heart condition during preschool and kindergarten. This meant she needed another surgery. One afternoon as she was playing in a musical fountain some other kids began to make fun of her calling her Violet Beauregarde from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the bratty girl who turned blue.

The mean boys huddled nearby, looking over, hoping my mom wouldn’t rat them out to their moms. Mom called to them, “That’s really original, I wish I’d thought of that.” I can pinpoint that as the single happiest moment of my life, because I realized then that Mom would always have my back. It made me feel giant. I raced back down the concrete ramp, faster than I ever had before, so fast I should have fallen, but I didn’t fall, because Mom was in the world.

This lovely moment reveals so much about the relationship between Bee and Bernadette. As children, we look up to our parents and cherish important moments that help us tackle the challenges of life. As parents, we worry and fear for our child’s safety and hope we can provide the wisdom they will need in life. These magical moments where children and parents forge lifetime connections are treasures to be remembered.

Enjoy the rest of your week and the final days of January! Keep reading and enjoy the experience Fort Worth!

Wednesday Afternoon Break © Fort Worth Reader 2019

Wednesday Afternoon Break © Fort Worth Reader 2019

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