This book, “Big Little Lies” is about how mothers/women tend to see and judge one another. In my experience women tend to judge one another rather harshly.
In this book it is of the utmost importance that the women get their children into the “proper” pre-school. They are the much talked about “helicopter moms.”
“Big Little Lies” shows how gossip changes in increments as it continues to fly about town. By the time it comes full circle, it is hardly even the same story.
Madeline was my favorite character. She is a strong-willed, ready-to- pounce-on-anyone-who-treats-her-friends-badly sort of woman. I would feel safe with Madeline on my side.
Drama follows Madeline wherever she goes. (Or perhaps it is the other way around, and Madeline follows drama.)
Big and bold and full of color is how I would describe Madeline. And she is also loyal to the core.
Then there is Celeste. She is so beautiful in every way that people stop on the street to stare at her. Celeste is married to a handsome and wealthy man. She has beautiful twin sons. Everyone thinks this couple must surely live the ideal life.
But as we all know, no one lives the ideal life. And it is oftentimes in these very circumstances when life is really barely tolerable. That’s all I will say on that so as not to ruin the book for you.
There is young Jane who comes to town with her little boy. She tells everyone he is the result of a one night stand. For some inexplicable reason she moves them about every six months. She’s looking for the best place to live and be happy.
And possibly to hide from something that haunts her.
This book is about bullying in schools. And what it does to the family of the child who is bullied. And then we must think about the family of the child who has been labeled a bully. There are victims all around.
This book makes you think. It startles you out of your everyday reverie. And it is funny and it is sad, alternately.
It is about a society where the bullying of children has oftentimes drastic consequences. And with the advent of social media, it is ever more commonplace.
I think my favorite part of this book was the way it was put together. The townspeople are judgmental, as one often is when they don’t have all the facts.
The author weaved these tidbits into the story, which I thought was a fantastic element in her plot.
And of course I loved the three female protagonists.