Fourth Grade Journey

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty...

How I Heard About It:  Earlier this year I read The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty and really enjoyed it.  I actually listened to it on audio and did the same thing with this novel.  Both books had the same narrator and she was enjoyable to listen to.  

What It Is About:  This is a BIG story with lots of "Big Little Lies" in it.  The story centers around three women in an Australian town.  The three women all have children that are starting kindergarten at the same school.  Madeline, Celeste, and Jane.  As the youngsters are starting school; Jane's son is accused of bullying another student in the class.  This indecent follows Jane and her son and gets bigger and bigger and bigger.  Madeline and Celeste come to Jane's rescue and try to shelter her from the "adult bullies", but it isn't easy.  Some of the parents start a petition to have the "bully" removed from their school.  During the school year Madeline, Celeste, and Jane become better friends and begin to reveal their secrets and how each of them is tied to each other more than they could ever have imagined.  All the secrets are revealed at the annual school trivia night.

What I Thought Of It:  This was such an entertaining and great audio book.  This author sure does know how to tell a story.  These three main characters were incredible to read about and discover all of their "stories" that made them who they are.  I liked how the story was told from the alternating view point of each of these characters.  The beginning of the story tells that a major "event" occurs at the school trivia night, but you don't find out what this event is until toward the end of the book.  This was both a positive and a negative.  It made you want to read on, but also got a bit frustrating because it took so long to get to this event.  It was worth waiting though because there were so many surprising moments at the end of the story that I didn't see coming.  

Who Should Read It:  This is the perfect novel for adult readers.  It is story telling at its best.  If you haven't read anything by this author, then this would also be the perfect book to start with.  The number of pages is a bit on the long side, but once the story starts you really can't stop reading until you finally find out what happens at the trivia night.  Happy Reading!  

Rating:  4 STARS out of 5 Stars

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