Title: Big Little Lies
Author: Liane Moriarty
Happyasamother Rating: 10/10
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Drama, Parenting Fiction
First of all the writing is AMAZING. The story as a whole is filled with twists and turns that will keep you guessing throughout the entire book. The author really has an ability to capture different perspectives, character interactions, and put into words several different honest, detailed takes on very difficult situations.
Big Little Lies was everything I want in a book. It was somehow managed to be funny, dark, and witty, and it left me thinking about it for weeks after I finished it. It touched on tough subjects such as bullying, single parenthood, secrets, cliques, co-parenting, domestic violence and even murder.
So What’s It About?
From the very beginning, you learn that there has been a murder, but you don’t know who, how, or who did it until the very end. The author seamlessly entangles snippets from interviews taken by police after the murder and mixes them in with story leading up to that night.
The plot mainly circles around 3 moms whose lives are intertwined when their children all begin Kindergarten together. The women lead three vastly different lives, but they are connected in ways that they don’t realize at first. Each character is so wonderfully developed and interesting in their own ways. I could honestly write a review on each of the three main characters story separately, that’s how deep and intricate each backstory is.
Let’s start with Jane. Jane is a young single mom who moves to town with her young son, Ziggy. You can sense right off to the bat that she has a dark past that she tries to conceal, and she is very secretive about Ziggy’s dad. She is very independent and introverted, and tends to keep to herself until she is ‘adopted’ by vivacious mom Madeline.
Madeline is our next big character. Madeline is the mom of vibrant outgoing 5 year old Chloe and her teenage daughter, Abigail who she shares with her once estranged ex-husband who happens to also have a 5 year old daughter with his new wife that also happens to attend the Kindergarten class. Although Madeline is happily remarried and overall very energetic and happy, she struggles with the challenges of co-parenting, and navigating relationships with her ex-husband and his new wife as well as aging and other issues that modern day moms face. Madeline is a favorite of mine as she is so honest and snarky, and she brings humor to every situation.
“They say it’s good to let your grudges go, but I don’t know, I’m quite fond of my grudge. I tend it like a little pet.”
Lastly, is Celeste. Celeste is a longtime friend of Madeline, and much like Jane, she is reserved and seemingly shut off. On the outside, beautiful Celeste seems to have the perfect life. She has a handsome, successful husband, two gorgeous twin boys, and her life is filled with vacations, clothes, and excitement, so why does she seem so distracted and depressed? You quickly learn that Celeste is hiding dark secrets of her own.
I won’t give any more details because I don’t want to accidently spill any spoilers, but I recommend this book 10/10. The characters are so relatable and I connected with each of them on some level more than once!
Domestic violence, bullying, secrets, co-parenting, single parents, divorce, forgiveness, parenting, girl power
Overall, this book teaches you to that every situation can be and usually is viewed and perceived differently by different parties, and that EVERYBODY has their own secrets.
“I start walking on eggshells but at the same time I’m angry that I have to walk on eggshells, so sometimes I stop tip toeing. I stomp on the eggshells.”
“I mean a fat, ugly man can still be funny and lovable and successful,” continued Jane. “But it’s like it’s the most shameful thing for a woman to be.” “But you weren’t, you’re not—” began Madeline. “Yes, OK, but so what if I was!” interrupted Jane. “What if I was! That’s my point. What if I was a bit overweight and not especially pretty? Why is that so terrible? So disgusting? Why is that the end of the world?”
“Every day I think, ‘Gosh, you look a bit tired today,’ and it’s just recently occurred to me that it’s not that I’m tired, it’s that this is the way I look now.”
“All conflict can be traced back to someone’s feelings getting hurt, don’t you think?”
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