Where did this book come from?! Big Little Lies was genius. Um….hello desperate housewives of Pirriwee!! This was funny, managed to feel light, even though there was some more serious subject matter, sometimes it was a little over the top, but also so damn honest and relatable to so many things that are totally relevant to being a parent now a days. I can’t say I have ever read anything quite like it, and it really just blew me away, for so many different reasons.
The first, and possibly one of the most important, to me, is just how damn relatable this was for ME. Madeline’s story was so similar to my real life at times, it was frightening! Some of the things she thought about her life, situation with her ex, and her daughter and family in general, were so honest and accurate, it was a relief in so many ways! I’ve honestly never known anyone with a situation like mine, raising a child with an absentee parent that comes back around YEARS later. It’s a struggle. A blessing….but also a personal curse of sorts, if you will. I wavered between wanting to send this author a thank you letter, or telling her to stop her sneaky mind ninja ways and stay out of my head!
This was ultimately the story of a group of kids who were just starting Kindergarten and their parents dealing with that, their crazy lives, and each other. It was also about the skeletons people keep in their closets, as well as the little lies we tell others, and ourselves. Even the most perfect looking picture has it’s flaws, and sometimes they are the biggest ones.
“Mothers took their mothering so seriously now. Their frantic little faces. Their busy little bottoms strutting into the school in their tight gym gear. Ponytails swinging. Eyes fixed on their mobile phones held in the palms of their hands like compasses.”
“It had never crossed her mind that sending your child to school would be like going back to school yourself.”
“If she packaged the perfect Facebook life, maybe she would start to believe it herself.”
There are about 50 other totally true and awesome quotes in this book that , especially for anyone having been through sending your child off to school, you will find hilariously accurate, and refreshing to hear said aloud!
Funny enough is that while you are getting to know all these characters and their many quirks, even learning their family dynamics, you are also very aware that there has been a heinous crime committed amongst these people. Someone has died, or rather, was murdered. This is really just many glimpses in the not so distant past, of the people inadvertently and directly involved to this crime, and the MANY big, and little things that has lead up to this tragic event. I just loved the ending or beginning of the chapters where we got little snippets of the interviews with the parents after the crime. Most of them were so vapid and gossipy, and it was just funny to read through them.
I don’t know how something can feel over the top, but also completely accurate at the same time, but this book pulled just that off. It was so many contradictory things at once, funny and serious, light and dark, realistic and fantastical. It was masterfully done. I am definitely going to check out more from this author, she truly amazed me with this story.