“They say it's good to let your grudges go, but I don't know, I'm quite fond of my grudges. I tend it like a little pet.”
We are 4 months into the year and this is my 4th book by Moriarty. I can't help it, I just crave her books. Moriarty writes women like nobody else - she writes them real, flawed and surprisingly relatable.
Big Little Lies is not just a fiction book, it feels so much more than that, because it feels real. Big Little Lies feels like life. Sure, there were some very fiction-y plot twists, but the essence of the book is far from fiction. The bullying, the stereotypes, the prejudices, the loss, the trauma - we experience those things every day, and in Big Little Lies all of those things, and more, are packaged into a very unputdownable and addictive read.
“It’s because a woman’s entire self-worth rests on her looks,” said Jane. “That’s why. It’s because we live in a beauty-obsessed society where the most important thing a woman can do is make herself attractive to men.”
Madline is firecracker and I absolutely adored her. She was loud, she was fierce and passionate and she always tried to stay true to herself. I loved how she always pumped herself up and talked to her PMS - mood swings, you can't control me! But they so can!
Jane might be plain, but she had a lot of heart. Was her storyline heartbreaking? Absolutely, but it was also very heart healing to see her find some confidence and happiness as well. I adored Madeline and Jane's friendship.
I think I was prejudiced towards Celeste because I don't particularly care for Nicole Kidman as an actress (now I haven't seen the show, but I knew who played which character. And now that I think about it - it might have contributed to why I adored Madeline so much, I'm quite fond of Reese Witherspoon). Her point of view was also the hardest to read. Whoever says that this is a perfect beach read, I politely disagree - Big Little Lies had some heavy stuff in it.
It had a substance, it had a message - well it had many messages, and all of them were equally important. Believe the hype, because this book really is good.
“It had never crossed her mind that sending your child to school would be like going back to school yourself.”
Now I only have one book left ( The last anniversary) and I'm finished with all of Moriarty's works. So please, write some more, and thank you.
Freelance BETA reader.