[ARC] Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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Ingredients for Big Little Lies: a class of kids going to kindergarten, their helicopter parents, some home dads and moms, lots of gossip and a drama, three points of view of three women, mothers and friends and some hints of other POV.

The three main characters are Madeline, Jane and Celeste, and for each of them we know their issues during the novel that focuses on their POV, absolutely biased by their strong emotions. I particularly liked this analysis of the characters, and their evolution during the story. This is not an action paced novel, but the interesting part is understanding each woman’s character.

Despite the lack of crucial events (there are lots of parenting issues), the author built the novel to be absolutely engaging till the end, mainly by hinting the development of a dramatic event but without explaining what’s going to happen till the end.

I also liked the idea to put at the beginning or end of each chapter quotes from the other parents – who are in the background – to demonstrate how each tiny event could be read and felt differently by different people.

Big Little Lies talks about friendship and relations, and it talks also about hard and dramatic themes, but always with a light tone, thus resulting funny and enjoyable.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.


* Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty ★★★★

*I read this book in english

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[ARC] Life Unaware by Cole Gibsen

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Regan vive una vita perfetta, è di buona famiglia ed è una delle ragazze più popolari della scuola. Un giorno però Regan vede spezzarsi bruscamente l’incanto, quando trova la scuola tappezzata di copie dei suoi messaggi privati scambiati con le amiche, gossip e commenti critici su chiunque.

Regan passa così tra i reietti, e inizia a essere maltrattata da tutti, solo Nolan, fratello mai considerato di un’amica, sembra stare al suo fianco.

Il problema è che la vita di Regan non era già per niente perfetta: la protagonista soffre di un disturbo d’ansia causato dalle pressioni famigliari (la madre è in politica ed esige la perfezione), e questa nuova condizione rischia di far definitivamente crollare Regan, nonostante le pillole di Xanax che le evitano solitamente il tracollo.

Life Unaware è il documentario della vita di Regan e della sua reazione agli episodi di bullismo a cui si trova suo malgrato sottoposta; il messaggio è molto positivo, visto che lei cercherà di essere per prima il cambiamento che vuole vedere nelle altre persone.

Alcuni colpi di scena sono prevedibili, ma questo non compromette il romanzo che risulta comunque gradevole.

Ringrazio l’editore per avermi fornito la copia necessaria per stendere questa recensione.

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Regan’s life is perfect, she comes from a good family and she is one of the most popular girls in highschool. One day something unexpected happens: Regan finds the school walls full of copies of her private messages with her friends, full of gossip and critics to other people.

Regan then suddenly become a paria, and people begins bullying her, only Nolan, a never considered brother of one of her friends, seems to take her side.

The fact is that Regan’s life wasn’t perfect at all since the beginning: she suffers an anxiety disorder mainly due to familiar pressures (her mother is in politics and pretends perfection), and this new situation may make Regan crash, despite the Xanax she uses to maintain some psychological balance.

Life Unaware is the documentary of Regan’s life and her reaction to the bullying she has to go trough, the message is positive, since she tries to be the change she wants to see in the people around her.

Some turning points are foreseeable, but this does not compromise the novel that is quite nice.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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Life Unaware by Cole Gibsen ★★★★☆

[ARC] The Odd Job Squad by Karl Fields

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Ander, Joe, Christian and Shooter compose the Odd Job Squad, a team that helps secretly the ones victim of bullies; everyone ignores they have this extra scholar activity.

I though that the novel was only about pranks and revenges, instead it’s better than this: once Ander is discovered by a particularly cruel girl he is forced to obtain some tickets to a boy band performance (and he does not like them at all) to avoid being uncovered to the whole school (teachers included).

It’s a nice, fun novel about friendship, not a particularly deep one: some topics are not dealt enough or have a conclusion. .

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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* The Odd Job Squad by Karl Fields ★★★☆☆½

*I read this book in English

Please ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King

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“Please ignore Vera Dietz” by A. S. King is structured in two main narration lines: the present line where Vera has to face the death of her best friend, Charlie, and the past line where the main character talks about the evolution of her relationship with her best friend.

Around this main theme there are others like the bullies, adolescent maternity (or some hints since Vera’s mother decision to leave) and domestic violences. Neither theme is dealt with superficially.

The reading scheme is dynamic, since chapter about present and past alternates; the perspective of these chapter is Vera’s who is telling from her POV what happened. Some chapters are told by other voices: Vera’s father, an ex alcoholic, the dead children thoughts and the Pagoda, a building outside the city.

This is a well-finished novel also in the use of language and in the characterization, in fact Vera’s emotions in particular are a focal point but the characters able to change show an evolution and the ability to overcome their fears and insecurities.

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* Please ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King ★★★★☆

*I read this book in English