Book Club: Big Little Lies

SynopsisBig Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.
New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive


My Review: To be honest, I listened to this book on Audible but I think a review is still valid.
I was drawn to this book because I heard a lot of good things and was told that it had three very strong female characters (I'm a sucker for strong heroines). 
What I truly loved about this book is that it explored real relationships without holding back at all. There's something about strong characters who allow themselves to be vulnerable (like Madeline) that garner a lot of respect. It makes me feel that if I were in similar situations and I were feeling similar things, they would be valid. This book was also incredibly eye-opening when it came to abusive relationships as well. As someone who had my own brush with emotional abuse, this really hit home. While I understood that abuse can happen to anyone at any time, I loved the way Celeste and Jane's experience with abuse was written. Moriarty has this way of writing that makes you completely understand why these women don't just get up and leave and why this trauma stays with them long after it ends. She's very good at filling in the gray areas.
I was really glad I finished this book before the new HBO show based on this book started. I was extremely happy with the casting and so far everyone seems to fit in their role perfectly - especially Madeline (can you tell she was my favorite character?) If you're in the mood for a good read or a new show to watch, I can't recommend Big Little Lies enough. 

3 comments

  1. So inspirational post to staring reading a book!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: TULLE SKIRT & MESSY BUN, IN PARIS

    ReplyDelete
  2. So glad you shared this-- I remember the major things, but have forgot some of the details & it's interesting to see what comes back to me while watching the show. I think Reese is so perfect for Madeline's character!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Omg I totally didn't even realize the show was based on a book! I've been seeing posters of it around and I didn't know anything about it besides all the famous lead actresses haha, def gotta watch it now!

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for your comments! I read every single one :]