Book Review: Big Little Lies
My love for reading has definitely been revived since the beginning of the year!! Last year I didn’t read nearly as much as I would like to so I set out at the beginning of 2015 with the goal of reading at least one book per month. That probably sounds like a breeze for some of you, but it’s a good place for me to start, and I’m already doing really well with that goal. In January I finished It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell, and Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies.
During last fall I listened to an audio version of Liane Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret and it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I would have to get out of my car to attend a meeting, and found myself so antsy to get back into my car to keep going on the book. So clearly I was extremely excited about Big Little Lies. So many people gave this one rave reviews, even saying that they read it in a day or two.
While it took me a couple of weeks to get through it, I did definitely liked the book, a lot!. It wasn’t a home run for me on some levels, but on others, it was completely perfect. The book started a little slow for me, and seemed to drag on in a few parts. This one didn’t keep me up at night, but once I got into the second half of it, I really couldn’t wait to figure it all out! A little bit of mystery is mixed with social drama, gossip, great dialogues and family struggles.
Big Little Lies follows three women, all of whom have children who are starting kindergarten together. The book opens by introducing the three women and their children, and a little about their lives. What I loved most about this book is that you continue to learn about each and every one of the characters as the story unfolds, and you continue to learn about the characters until the very end. And more, these characters are so real – they could be your neighbors and friends. Three women, and their families, who seem extremely normal and privileged on the outside, soon are revealed each to have their own monsters.
To me the book was a lot about self-discovery and learning to fight through adversity. I loved the humor mixed in, the great dialogue between characters, and the raw honesty regarding bullying and domestic violence that is so often overlooked in our society. I can’t imagine that it’s easy to write a book about such heavy subjects!
What did you read this month? Since finishing this one, I finished my first Rainbow Rowell book, Eleanor & Park in 24 hours (review to come soon!) and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on that one. I think another Rainbow book will be coming up again soon my list but I also have downloaded All The Bright Places and have started Yes Please by Amy Poehler.