Review: Big Little Lies by Liane MoriartyGenre(s): Contemporary
Pages: 465
Source: Library
For: Book Club


Synopsis from Goodreads

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

My Thoughts

I was supposed to read Big Little Lies for book club, but I was still in my reading slump so I didn’t quite get to it. I’m glad I decided to still read it, though, because it was a treat!

As soon as I started reading Big Little Lies, I didn’t want to stop reading it. I thought about it when I wasn’t reading and couldn’t wait to get back to it. I loved Moriarty’s writing and the setup of the story with the mystery. I also loved the depth of the story, the portrayal of so many forms of abuse and how it affects everyone involved.

I liked reading the story from all three women’s point-of-view, but Jane was my favorite adult. I related to her the most, even though I’m not a young mother. I felt for all the characters, especially little Ziggy. He took the brunt of everyone’s frustrations and political agenda. Poor kid.

I’m excited to watch the HBO miniseries now to see how it portrays the events of the book.

Review: Ban This Book by Alan GratzGenre(s): Contemporary, Middle Grade
Pages: 256
Source: Library
For: Book Club


Synopsis from Goodreads

It all started the day Amy Anne Ollinger tried to check out her favorite book in the whole world, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, from the school library. That's when Mrs. Jones, the librarian, told her the bad news: her favorite book was banned! All because a classmate's mom thought the book wasn't appropriate for kids to read.

Amy Anne decides to fight back by starting a secret banned books library out of her locker. Soon, she finds herself on the front line of an unexpected battle over book banning, censorship, and who has the right to decide what she and her fellow students can read.

My Thoughts

I checked out Ban This Book from the library so I could read it for book club. I got through the book very quickly as the audiobook’s only a little over five hours long.

I loved Amy Anne and her friends. I loved their solution to the book ban. I loved that this book shows kids that they can make a difference and stand up for what they believe in.

I really liked the story of Ban This Book. It was believable as to why books were being banned or challenged and how children may react to it. I think this is a book everyone should read, especially parents, since it reminds us not to arbitrarily ban / challenge books. I also liked its main message: no one has a right to tell kids what they can or can’t read except their own parents.

I’m glad I had a chance to read Ban This Book. I now want to read every book that was banned in the story because I think those books deserve to have their stories told too.