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POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2021 Update: Week Thirty-Seven

Good morning, everyone! I hope that you are having a fantastic week so far, and that you are continuing to stay healthy.

This week for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, I decided to read Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty.

A book with an oxymoron in the title…

Big Little Lies takes place in a small coastal town in Australia, beginning on the night of a parent event (a trivia night) at Pirriwee Public School. A riot breaks out at the event, in which several parents are injured and one is found dead.

The story then goes back six months before the trivia night, and follows the lives of three of the mothers who attended the event. Madeline, Celeste, and Jane all have children who are just starting kindergarten together at Pirriwee Public.

Madeline is an outspoken women who is struggling with her teenage daughter’s desire to spend more time with her father (Madeline’s ex-husband) and his new family. She is best friends with Celeste, the beautiful wife of a wealthy man, and mother of twins, whose “perfect life” is an illusion.

Jane is a single mother who has just moved to town with her son, Ziggy. Although she has no intention of getting caught up in “school politics,” she finds herself at the center of a massive controversy when her son is accused of bullying one of his female classmates on the day of kindergarten orientation. Ziggy insists that he is innocent, and his mother believes him. Unfortunately, Renata, the mother of the little girl who was hurt, doesn’t.

Madeline and Celeste come alongside Jane, and a friendship quickly forms between them. But just because they’re friends doesn’t mean they aren’t keeping secrets…

While many of the books that I’ve read for this year’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge have been titles that have been sitting on my bookshelves for a while, or new releases that I had planned to purchase during 2021, Big Little Lies was one of the books that I bought specifically for the challenge because of its title. I really didn’t know what to expect from this book when I bought it, but I ended up thoroughly enjoying it.

Big Little Lies is a really fast-paced story, with a lot of drama and interesting characters, and even some humor. I had a really hard time putting the book down, and ended up reading most of the story in a single day.

I especially liked the way in which Moriarty decided to structure the story. As the novel progresses, the action is occasionally interrupted by interviews taking place during the investigation of trivia night. The interviews, which were included at the ends (and sometimes in the middle) of chapters, really added to the suspense, and kept me guessing about what actually happened to the parent who died.

I was also really impressed with the way in which the characters were developed over the course of the novel. It felt like I learned something new about the main characters with each chapter that I read.

I do think it is important to mention that this book does include content which might cause discomfort for readers, including: domestic violence (both physical and verbal abuse) and bullying.

If you are interested in realistic fiction with a little bit of mystery and suspense, then I definitely recommend checking out Big Little Lies for yourself. It’s a fantastic book, and one that I think you’ll have a hard time putting down.

Next week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update will be posted on Saturday, September 18th. In the meantime, I hope you’ll join me here on The Unapologetic Bookworm next week for my reviews of Yoon Ha Lee’s Phoenix Extravagant (on September 14th), and Disney Kingdoms: The Haunted Mansion, published by Marvel Comics (on September 16th).

Have a great weekend!

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