by Liane Moriarty

This book is sooooooo good! There has been a lot of hype around it so I wasn’t sure if it would live up to its reputation. But it sure did. It is wickedly funny, terribly sad, absolutely engaging and engrossing, and so fast paced. Liane Moriarty is one talented writer. Character development in this book is so deep. You really get into the heads of the characters. It’s an ensemble cast of characters, and she weaves the story and the characters together so expertly. She’s able to take serious topics like bullying, domestic violence, parenting, and divorce, and make them both accessible and hysterical, while honoring the depth of the topics and maintaining their dignity. She both pokes fun, while peeling back the layers of the onion to show you the ugly core on the inside. I would call this black comedy, but with a serious underlying tone and message. Bravo! What’s interesting is that I was able to figure out almost every plot twist, and yet I still remained completely engaged and riveted to the story, and wondering what would happen. Now I can’t wait to watch the cable miniseries based on this book!