Little Big Love
About a Boy meets Parenthood in this smart, big-hearted love story about a family for whom everything changed one night, a decade ago, and the young boy who unites them all.Told through the eyes of Zac, Juliet, and grandfather Mick, Little Big Love is a layered, heartfelt, utterly satisfying story about family, love, and the secrets that can define who we are.

Little Big Love Details

TitleLittle Big Love
Author
ReleaseJun 5th, 2018
PublisherBERKLEY
ISBN-139780451490346
Rating
GenreFiction, Contemporary

Little Big Love Review

  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    Super sweet and Heartwarming! Little Big Love is about a 10-year-old boy’s mission to meet his father. Centered around unconditional love, family, friendship and long-buried secrets, this is enjoyable and emotional read that made me laugh and cry! The narrative is told from the POV’s of 10-year-old Zac, his mother, Juliet, and his grandfather, Mick. 10-year-old Zac has never met his father. All that he knows is that his father “did a runner” before he was born. One night his mother comes home Super sweet and Heartwarming! Little Big Love is about a 10-year-old boy’s mission to meet his father. Centered around unconditional love, family, friendship and long-buried secrets, this is enjoyable and emotional read that made me laugh and cry! The narrative is told from the POV’s of 10-year-old Zac, his mother, Juliet, and his grandfather, Mick. 10-year-old Zac has never met his father. All that he knows is that his father “did a runner” before he was born. One night his mother comes home after a bad date and spills that she still loves Zac’s father. Zac then gets the idea in his head to find his father and reunite him with his mother at his 11th birthday party. He recruits his best-friend Teagan for his “super-secret” mission. Juliet and Mick, Zac’s mother and grandfather, have kept a lot of secrets related to Zac’s father. As a result, they are both suffering in silence. What they don’t fully understand is how these secrets are affecting Zac. I really enjoyed reading this. It’s fast-paced and not overly bogged down in drama. While there are some dark moments and family drama, there’s a lot of humor mixed in to lighten things up. Zac’s character is what I love most about this book. He’s such a sweet little boy who doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. He is bullied non-stop, which is hard to read. On the upside, he does have a lovely friendship with Teagan. His character stole my heart! I loved the final chapters so much that I reread them! I will definitely be reading more from Katy Regan in the future. I highly recommend for a feel-good read! Thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing Group for sending me an ARC of this book.
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  • Angela M
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars I’ve been reading so many heavy books lately, and I readily admit these are the types of stories I am drawn to. Once in a while I need a break and I read that this was a feel good story. However, I soon found that it was not a light read. There’s bullying, alcoholism, grief that causes some of the characters to make mistakes that will make them carry remorse and secrets for years. Child narrators appeal to me, mostly for their capacity to many times see things as they are and tell it l 3.5 stars I’ve been reading so many heavy books lately, and I readily admit these are the types of stories I am drawn to. Once in a while I need a break and I read that this was a feel good story. However, I soon found that it was not a light read. There’s bullying, alcoholism, grief that causes some of the characters to make mistakes that will make them carry remorse and secrets for years. Child narrators appeal to me, mostly for their capacity to many times see things as they are and tell it like it is. So of course, I especially liked ten year old Zac’s narrative as he struggles with bullying over his weight and wants so much to find the father he never knew. There are two other narratives - his mother Juliet , struggling to be a single parent and dealing with her own issues of low self esteem, and his grandfather Mick who deeply loves his grandson and keeps a secret for fear of losing him. I connected with Zac and Mick from the start, but it took me a while to warm up to Juliet. The beginning and ending were much stronger than the middle of the book, which felt slow at times, thus the 3.5. I was, however so vested in Zac’s search for his father and the last part of the book was particularly well done so I rounded up to 4 stars. Recommended to those who love a good family story about some realistic issues. I received an advanced copy of this book from Berkeley through Edelweiss and NetGalley.
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  • Fabian
    January 1, 1970
    As endearing as it is entertaining. This is like a Nick Hornby novel (About a Boy, espesh) with much less "machismo" and an even higher tear-to-laugh ratio. I thoroughly enjoyed the Searching For Father story; even more, the finale which stays with you, especially if a child in your life is being bullied.Thank you, Berkley Books, for my advanced copy. :)
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    Love is blind. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is forgiving.Sure is and oh by the way ten year old Zac is going to steal your heart in this one. Trust me!Zac Hutchinson is a young detective (in his own right) and has an accomplice Teagan to help in solving the mystery of his DAD Liam . Of course he has a colorful M.O. (modus operandi) or a way of doing things to get the job done. Using plenty of good ol fashioned grease work he uncovers the truth and unravels the mystery piece by piece start Love is blind. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is forgiving.Sure is and oh by the way ten year old Zac is going to steal your heart in this one. Trust me!Zac Hutchinson is a young detective (in his own right) and has an accomplice Teagan to help in solving the mystery of his DAD Liam . Of course he has a colorful M.O. (modus operandi) or a way of doing things to get the job done. Using plenty of good ol fashioned grease work he uncovers the truth and unravels the mystery piece by piece starting with his Uncle and the connection between him and his father.As he starts to break down the lies by weaving through the family members he becomes clearer as to not only his mission but his goals.As his plan is laid out he gets some new helpers one of which is his mother.You see, his mom never gave up the idea of loving Liam. In fact he was her one true love.Perhaps their may be a rekindling love in this novel?Perhaps!However, don't jump ahead because this book will provoke some strong emotions on both sides especially in the eyes of Zac, Juliet (mom) and Zac's grandfather Mick. Little Big Love has multi layers that are equally revealing like the skins of an onion that'll make you tear up.A beautiful heartfelt thing of beauty! Make sure you read this one!Thank you to Katy Regan, Berkley , NetGalley, Aldiko for this ARC copy due out in June 2018!
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  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    I usually like heartwarming novels, but I think "Little Big Love" by Katy Regan came off more cutesy than anything else. I couldn't connect to the writing style or the vast of characters (three different points of view/alternating chapters). I ended up skimming huge chunks. There were some funny, touching scenes, but overall, nothing about the plot felt memorable or wholly original. I had the ending pretty much figured out early on. I'm not a fan of predictable endings. The best part of the book I usually like heartwarming novels, but I think "Little Big Love" by Katy Regan came off more cutesy than anything else. I couldn't connect to the writing style or the vast of characters (three different points of view/alternating chapters). I ended up skimming huge chunks. There were some funny, touching scenes, but overall, nothing about the plot felt memorable or wholly original. I had the ending pretty much figured out early on. I'm not a fan of predictable endings. The best part of the book was the gorgeous cover. Thank you, Berkley Publishing for sending me a free ARC. This book is scheduled to be released June 12, 2018.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed Little Big Lies, I would give it 4.5 stars. There wasn’t one character that I didn’t like or love. Katy Regan told the story from three alternating perspectives, Zac, the 10 year old son, Juliet, the mother of Zac, and Zac’s grandfather, Mick. Zac is determined to find his father who ran off when he was three weeks old and invite him to his 11th birthday party. This was such a well written novel.Regan did a superb job at making each voice sound unique. Zac felt like a REALLY swe I really enjoyed Little Big Lies, I would give it 4.5 stars. There wasn’t one character that I didn’t like or love. Katy Regan told the story from three alternating perspectives, Zac, the 10 year old son, Juliet, the mother of Zac, and Zac’s grandfather, Mick. Zac is determined to find his father who ran off when he was three weeks old and invite him to his 11th birthday party. This was such a well written novel.Regan did a superb job at making each voice sound unique. Zac felt like a REALLY sweet 10 year old boy who I loved, I just wanted to protect him and give him and his best friend Teagan great big hugs.I just wish the final chapter had let us know how Mick was doing. Great book!
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  • Catherine ♡
    January 1, 1970
    *Thanks to NetGalley for a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review*Actual Rating: 2.5This was not exactly what I had expected, but it was an interesting read anyways! Little Big Love is written in three changing perspectives - Zac, a young boy who is overweight and searching for his father; Juliet, Zac's mother; and Mick, Zac's grandfather who is hiding a few secrets of his own. That one night, years ago, everything changed, and the family only agrees on one thing: Don't tell Zac. But as he *Thanks to NetGalley for a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review*Actual Rating: 2.5This was not exactly what I had expected, but it was an interesting read anyways! Little Big Love is written in three changing perspectives - Zac, a young boy who is overweight and searching for his father; Juliet, Zac's mother; and Mick, Zac's grandfather who is hiding a few secrets of his own. That one night, years ago, everything changed, and the family only agrees on one thing: Don't tell Zac. But as he grows up, he becomes determined to discover the other half of his family.There were definitely a lot of things going on in this book, and while I understand that realistically a family could deal with multiple issues at once, I feel like it made the book a little messy because there seemed to be multiple plots going on at once. The book covered alcohol addiction, bullying, obesity, binge-eating, grief, and of course, family; the two big ones were Zac being bullied for being overweight, and him finding out the truth about his father. I feel as though one of these plots should have been treated with more significance with the other, but because they were both often mentioned and were never really intertwined, I felt almost as if I was reading two different stories.The characters were okay; Zac's narration is definitely in the tone of a child, and it almost made me wonder if this book would be more suited towards a middle-grade reader. I did like the more adult tone of Juliet and Mick's perspectives, but their voices weren't nearly as interesting as Zac's. The author definitely succeeded in making the styles align with the intended narrator.I didn't really love the characters too much, and while I understand that everyone was dealing with different issues, and that grief is such a powerful emotion, I didn't feel as connected to them as I could have. Instead, I was frustrated and sometimes, downright annoyed with just how extremely self-centered many of the characters could be.Overall, this was a very typical child-finds-parent story, but with a whole lot more dysfunction thrown in. Lots of people definitely enjoyed this, so ya'll can still give it a try, but it wasn't for me.
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    Ten-year-old Zac is about to launch his “Find Dad Mission.” Although they’ve never met, Zac just knows his Dad will want to meet him; and come to his 11th birthday party in May. That’s the plan anyway. He’s had very few clues about his Dad from his Mom, Juliet and his Grandpa and Nan (Mick & Lynda). He knows his Uncle Jamie died very soon after he was born, and at young age. His Dad, Liam left them right after that. After ten years his Mom still cries about it and his Grandparents don’t seem Ten-year-old Zac is about to launch his “Find Dad Mission.” Although they’ve never met, Zac just knows his Dad will want to meet him; and come to his 11th birthday party in May. That’s the plan anyway. He’s had very few clues about his Dad from his Mom, Juliet and his Grandpa and Nan (Mick & Lynda). He knows his Uncle Jamie died very soon after he was born, and at young age. His Dad, Liam left them right after that. After ten years his Mom still cries about it and his Grandparents don’t seem to like Liam very much. Zac is so confused, but no one will tell him anything. Luckily his best friend, Teagan who lives near him, makes him laugh so he feels less anxious being around her. Katy Regan, a popular UK author, has written a captivating family drama with US debut novel, "Little Big Love." Told from three POVs: Zac, Juliet and Mick. Zac is curious and intelligent and forever asking questions; trying to piece together the mystery of his father leaving them. Juliet’s dialogue is witty and sad simultaneously, as she can’t figure out the reason as well. She’s totally loves her “perfect son” but still pines for Liam, the love of her life. She does know that he left the same night her 18-yr. old brother Jamie, drunkenly fell or jumped off a bridge but doesn’t know if Liam had anything to do with it.Her parents, Mick and Nan are good people and help her with Zac, but they won’t talk about the incident with Jamie because it’s so painful. Mick was a rough, seafaring fisherman for 25 years, but now in his 60’s, sober and content to be with family and his beloved grandson.As Zac continues his quest with Teagan’s help, the eventual climax of his mission will bring truth, pain and joy. It’s a long road ahead, but it’s worth the trip especially if you have Zac by your side.Please read this family story, for everyone grows a little, with love.Thank you NetGalley, Penguin, Random House, and Katy Regan.
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  • Paula Sealey
    January 1, 1970
    A captivating family drama with the most appealing characters that draw you fully into the touching story.Young Zac has reached a point in his life where he wants to know more about the dad who abandoned him as a baby. He has always been told by his mother Juliet that Liam, his father, just took off, never to be heard from again. His grandparents have always reinforced the message, his Nan reserving a special kind of scorn anytime Liam's name is mentioned. Zac refuses to believe that his dad wou A captivating family drama with the most appealing characters that draw you fully into the touching story.Young Zac has reached a point in his life where he wants to know more about the dad who abandoned him as a baby. He has always been told by his mother Juliet that Liam, his father, just took off, never to be heard from again. His grandparents have always reinforced the message, his Nan reserving a special kind of scorn anytime Liam's name is mentioned. Zac refuses to believe that his dad wouldn't want to know him if he actually met him, and along with his best friend Teagan, embarks on a mission to track him down. What Zac doesn't know though, is the real reason for Liam's disappearance. As his quest gathers pace, details of the days after Zac's birth begin surfacing, and truths are revealed that could split the family further apart, or bring them together.The characters are the strong point in this book, they were superbly drawn and felt so convincing. I especially loved 10 year old Zac and his loyal friend Teagan, but Juliet, struggling to cope as a single mother was excellently portrayed. The story manages to be moving, heart-warming, sad and even humorous at times, and I couldn't recommend it highly enough if you enjoy family based books. A big 5 stars!*I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Laura Hill
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for an early review copy of Little Big Love by Katy Regan, which will publish June 12, 2018.  All thoughts are my own.Writing: 4 Plot: 4 Characters: 4.5A big story — simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming — about a family that fell apart after a tragedy that occurred ten years in the past and the young boy who now desperately wants to know his missing father. Part coming-of-age for 10-year old Zac and part coming-to-terms-with-the-past f Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for an early review copy of Little Big Love by Katy Regan, which will publish June 12, 2018.  All thoughts are my own.Writing: 4 Plot: 4 Characters: 4.5A big story — simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming — about a family that fell apart after a tragedy that occurred ten years in the past and the young boy who now desperately wants to know his missing father. Part coming-of-age for 10-year old Zac and part coming-to-terms-with-the-past for Juliet (his mother) and Mick (his grandfather), the story alternates between their three voices.Zac is a wonderful kid - sweet, funny, and with a great capacity for love. He is also overweight and subject to a lot of bullying. He traipses around the Harlequin Estates in Grimsby (Southeast of York) working on his Find Dad Mission with his best friend Teagan. I absolutely fell in love with Zac and with several of the other characters as well. Oddly enough, I had the least sympathy for Juliet, though this possibly says more about my “take charge” personality than it does about her :-))Well-written (though it could be shortened by perhaps 50 pages in the middle which drags a bit), the novel deals with issues of alcoholism, body shaming, childhood obesity and single parenting. I like the fact that each character recognizes and seeks to address their issues not because of external pressure, but because they recognize that both they and the people they love will be much happier if they do.I had not heard of Katy Regan before but she appears to be a well-known novelist and journalist in the UK. This is her American debut, and it is quite captivating. I’ll keep her on my “look for more” list.
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  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    THIS BOOK.what a beautiful, lovely book.i was lucky enough to receive an advance copy and i'm so glad because the chances i would've spotted this book or bought it are slim (because honestly, my preferred niche is young adult/fantasy), and i would've missed out entirely.boy, it tells you right on the front "funny, and wise, heart breaking, and uplifting" and i was skeptical, a little skeptical susan because eh, books can promise that but really each individual reader will decide what it is for t THIS BOOK.what a beautiful, lovely book.i was lucky enough to receive an advance copy and i'm so glad because the chances i would've spotted this book or bought it are slim (because honestly, my preferred niche is young adult/fantasy), and i would've missed out entirely.boy, it tells you right on the front "funny, and wise, heart breaking, and uplifting" and i was skeptical, a little skeptical susan because eh, books can promise that but really each individual reader will decide what it is for them so i was like "hmm we'll see what i think of that!"... they were right and that is exactly how i would describe itthere's this (1) 10 year old who's voice at time seems too wise but still hits you with the simple truth of things and the things that don't seem as important to him to mention are mentioned by (2) his mother who shows you another side, the realistic side; the suffering side of parenthood and then the (3) grandfather who is another member of the family whose own personal struggles have taken over his life who i found myself relating tothree perspectives that fit together so well to seamlessly tell us this storyand what a story it is, your feelings go up and down like a rollercoaster (much like life is)this is really not the kind of book i'd be interested in but i was pleasantly surprised by how much i enjoyed it! i also loved the little facts at each chapter but yeah... i pretty much loved everything
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Berkley and Penguin Random House for an advance copy!!Little Big Love is a sweet story about a family coming to terms with what happened one fateful night ten years previously. The story is told beautifully from three different point of views: Zac, a ten-year old boy on the hunt for his Dad; Juliet, Zac’s mother, who is a single mom struggling with everyday life of raising a ten-year-old; and Mick, Zac’s grandfather, who’s harrowing past is quickly catching up to him. Katy Regan did a Thanks to Berkley and Penguin Random House for an advance copy!!Little Big Love is a sweet story about a family coming to terms with what happened one fateful night ten years previously. The story is told beautifully from three different point of views: Zac, a ten-year old boy on the hunt for his Dad; Juliet, Zac’s mother, who is a single mom struggling with everyday life of raising a ten-year-old; and Mick, Zac’s grandfather, who’s harrowing past is quickly catching up to him. Katy Regan did a fantastic job creating three distinguishing characters, telling an interwoven story about love, loss, and the true meaning of family. As much as I did love the story of the Hutchinson family, I was disappointed in the ending. This story revolves around the finding of Liam Jones, Zac’s father who disappeared not three weeks after he was born. About three-fourths of the story is focused on searching for Liam and only three chapters at the very end are used to playout the finding of Liam. I would have loved to have seen more of the story evolve after finding Liam. A beautiful character was built through the retelling of past events, yet we barely got to reach the surface of him present day. All in all this was a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a warm, sometimes emotional, story of what it truly means to be a family.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Zac is the sweetest little boy and there is nothing he wants more than to meet his father.Zac is almost 11 and he’s spent his whole life thinking his father abandoned his mother when she was pregnant. He’s been raised to believe that his dad was awful. His mom’s parents are very quick to encourage this belief.But one day Zac’s mom Juliet has a bad date and too much to drink and she lets a big secret slip. She confesses to Zac that his dad was the love of her life.The next morning, Juliet is hung Zac is the sweetest little boy and there is nothing he wants more than to meet his father.Zac is almost 11 and he’s spent his whole life thinking his father abandoned his mother when she was pregnant. He’s been raised to believe that his dad was awful. His mom’s parents are very quick to encourage this belief.But one day Zac’s mom Juliet has a bad date and too much to drink and she lets a big secret slip. She confesses to Zac that his dad was the love of her life.The next morning, Juliet is hungover and doesn’t remember what she told Zac.Zac, on the other hand, is now on a mission. He wants to find his dad before his birthday. He thinks he might be able to have the type of family his friend’s have, if only his dad comes back and still loves his mom.Along the way, huge secrets are uncovered. We learn why Juliet no longer talks to Zac’s dad. We learn why her parents hate Zac’s dad.You may also be left feeling like it’s a real stretch for her parents to have hated this man so much for what happened.Your heart will break for poor Zac. I was so sad for the little guy and everything he went through. He got picked on terribly and his entire family is lying to him about his dad. Poor kid.I thought this was well written. It definitely did remind me of About a Boy at times. The fact that it was so sad sometimes was mainly because of how well written the characters are. I cared about that sweet little Zac.I got to read an early edition through Goodreads. Thanks.
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  • Diane Perry
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Berkley Publishing for this book. A heartwarming story of a boy that will steal your heart. He is in search of his Dad. Through the story we learn he is being bullied, he is struggling with so many questions about himself, and trying to make the best of it no matter what. I love that the story is told by him, his Mother, and Grandfather. You get such different perspectives on the story and history of this family. Have tissues ready! Very enjoyable.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publisher for a free copy of this book thanks to a Goodreads Giveaway!Charming, warm, and heartfelt. This multigenerational story about the things that make a family, the pains within a family, and the bonds of family was heartbreaking at times, but the strength of this family's love shone throughout. Grandfather Mick, mother Juliet, and son Zac have all experienced trauma through their lives, and the greatest one, the loss of Juliet's brother Jamie, also resulted in the absense Thank you to the publisher for a free copy of this book thanks to a Goodreads Giveaway!Charming, warm, and heartfelt. This multigenerational story about the things that make a family, the pains within a family, and the bonds of family was heartbreaking at times, but the strength of this family's love shone throughout. Grandfather Mick, mother Juliet, and son Zac have all experienced trauma through their lives, and the greatest one, the loss of Juliet's brother Jamie, also resulted in the absense of Zac's father from their lives. Now age 10, Zac is searching for the father he hopes has the capabilty of changing his family's life. The story of Zac's experiences with bullying, Juliet's struggles, and Mick's feeling of culpability for their situation was very sad, but Zac's hopefulness and dedication came through (though I felt he often read older than his age). It's a quick moving, engaging story that is perfect for fans of family dramas.
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  • Rhonda Lomazow
    January 1, 1970
    A heart warming heart wrenching saga.Told through the eyes of Zach a young boy who has never met his dads mom Juliet his grandpa,Emotional moving highly recommend.Thanks Berkley publishing for recommending this& other wonderful novels to me.
  • Amber Garabrandt
    January 1, 1970
    Summary:One night can change so many lives; and one determined soul can reconnect them all. Ten year old Zac is facing a lot- he isn’t exactly popular at school. In fact, his size makes him a target for bullying and his sole friend is his neighbor Teagan. All he ever wanted was for him and his mother to be happy. He wants a dad for himself, and someone to love his mother.A drunken declaration from Juliet sends her son into a tailspin. If his father was the only man she ever loved, he needed to k Summary:One night can change so many lives; and one determined soul can reconnect them all. Ten year old Zac is facing a lot- he isn’t exactly popular at school. In fact, his size makes him a target for bullying and his sole friend is his neighbor Teagan. All he ever wanted was for him and his mother to be happy. He wants a dad for himself, and someone to love his mother.A drunken declaration from Juliet sends her son into a tailspin. If his father was the only man she ever loved, he needed to know more about him. Secrets will come out, and bonds will be tested beyond limits. This book is about love, family, loyalty, and accepting the past.My thoughts:I love this book, there’s so much heart! Now, full disclosure, I read this book over a month ago and have been waiting until closer to release to review it. I don’t like doing that, because it isn’t as fresh in my mind. I may just begin scheduling reviews when they are this far out.This one, though, stays with you. Each character burrows into your soul. Zac is loving and sweet, the apple of his mother and grandmother’s eye. He’s also very smart and mature for his age. I loved his thought process, his care for his mother, and his relationship with his best friend. I felt bad for him, being bullied for being overweight. Every time I read about things like this I can’t believe they could ever be real…. but they most likely are.Juliet is working constantly and still can’t make ends meet, but she is determined to be a good mother. Between stress eating, holing herself off from romance, and the occasional lifted item; she’s a mess. When she finds out how badly Zac has been trying not only to find her a companion, but himself a father, she knows it’s time to come clean about a few secrets.I even liked the grandparents, though the hate living in Juliet’s mother was sometimes overwhelming. She has a lot of pain and has been allowed unhealthy coping strategies for far too long. Still, she loved Zac without reservation, and her pain was one I could understand.The premise was interesting and the book flowed between the three narrators easily. I loved the writing style, and felt like the additional insights were completely necessary for the story. For me, this is a five star book. On the adult content scale, there is some language and bullying. The bullying was actually the hardest on me. I give it a four. Talk to your younger teens about how it is portrayed and what they think of it. I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review. My thanks!
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  • Ishita
    January 1, 1970
    It is hard to say what this is book is primarily about. Is it about a 10-year old who is wise beyond his years, when ideally.. he shouldn't be? Or is it about a woman who takes years to process the events of a fateful night where she loses both her brother and husband? Or is it about a parent who is carrying the weight of the events that lead to him losing his son? I think this book is primarily about processing grief and the time it takes to forgive people who are responsible for it. Sometimes, It is hard to say what this is book is primarily about. Is it about a 10-year old who is wise beyond his years, when ideally.. he shouldn't be? Or is it about a woman who takes years to process the events of a fateful night where she loses both her brother and husband? Or is it about a parent who is carrying the weight of the events that lead to him losing his son? I think this book is primarily about processing grief and the time it takes to forgive people who are responsible for it. Sometimes, the time that it takes is enough to hold a lifetime in a limbo and alter it in a way that makes it so hard to undo. Told through three PoVs, this story is also about a single mother trying to raise her son the best she can. So, when she realizes her son is getting bullied in school for being obese, it is like someone suddenly held a mirror in front of her, where she sees her fragility. There is a thin line between fat-shaming and addressing it .. and this book handles it pretty well. My favorite moments were when Juliet (who has taken to stress-eating in the past few years) and Zac start making lifestyle changes together - by taking up running and incorporating dietary changes. I went into this book expecting a "quest to find missing dad" by a ten-year old, but it was so much more. I think having a ten-year old as the main character was a great idea - the impact of watching such young kids be so heartless was quite something. So was the impact that Teagan, Zac's best friend, made by helping Zac so selflessly and devoid of any kind of jealousy. I mean, her own dad did a runner just a year ago. On the flipside, the fact that it was a "search party" headed by ten year olds meant that a lot of the events unfolded way too .. plainly. It didn't help that the big reveal was quite easy to guess. After so much of the book dwelling on how Juliet's family found it difficult to forgive some events, the ending could have been more .. drawn out. I thought the writing didn't hit all the right spots in terms of emotional payoffs. Nevertheless, it was a great debut, and a wonderful addition to middle-grade fiction about family, friendship and parenthood.
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  • Clover White
    January 1, 1970
    *Thanks to NetGalley for providing an Advance Reading Copy in return for an unbiased review!*I read "Little Big Love" by Katy Regan and "Flying at Night" by Rebecca L. Brown within days of each other, and I couldn't imagine not reviewing them together. Both are books about the extremely close bond between a mother and her only child (both sons), and both are told in the alternating viewpoints of the mother, the son, and the maternal grandfather. "Little Big Love" made me fall in love immediately *Thanks to NetGalley for providing an Advance Reading Copy in return for an unbiased review!*I read "Little Big Love" by Katy Regan and "Flying at Night" by Rebecca L. Brown within days of each other, and I couldn't imagine not reviewing them together. Both are books about the extremely close bond between a mother and her only child (both sons), and both are told in the alternating viewpoints of the mother, the son, and the maternal grandfather. "Little Big Love" made me fall in love immediately. Zac is such an appealing boy, and his mother obviously loves him, while dealing with her own demons. Zac has a burning desire to learn more about his father, who left before he was born. The reader comes to learn why Juliet is so opposed to Zac learning more about his mysterious father. The story is well-plotted and interesting, but it is Zac that steals the show. With his devotion to facts, love of cooking, and loyalty to his friends and family, he is a son any mother (and father!) would be happy to claim."Flying at Night" was a less ebullient book. Fred, too, loves facts, but maybe too much. His mother, Piper, has always dealt with Fred's eccentricities, but the school is starting to question some of Fred's obsessions. Piper is determined to be Fred's champion, especially because of the emotional abuse she suffered at the hands of her autocratic father. The narration by her father is especially interesting, as it changes so greatly in tone after his stroke. How Piper navigates a world dominated by two larger-than-life characters, and tries to take in stride the emotional absence of her husband, makes for a rich, satisfying read.It's funny how both of these books fell into my lap at the same time, and I highly recommend reading them both-- maybe even at the same time!
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  • Sarah Coulthard
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the amazing new title from Katy Regan Little Big Man, from page one I was addicted, a mix of emotions all the way through and definitely one of my top ten favourite reads.Little Big Man starts with Zac a 10 year old young man, his best friend Teagan, Juliet his mum, Mick his grandad and his Nan, they all live in the fishing town of Grimsby. Zac has forever wondered about his father, Liam and is desperate for him to be at his 11th birthday party, so begins I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the amazing new title from Katy Regan Little Big Man, from page one I was addicted, a mix of emotions all the way through and definitely one of my top ten favourite reads.Little Big Man starts with Zac a 10 year old young man, his best friend Teagan, Juliet his mum, Mick his grandad and his Nan, they all live in the fishing town of Grimsby. Zac has forever wondered about his father, Liam and is desperate for him to be at his 11th birthday party, so begins Zac and Teagan’s Find Dad Mission. They take it upon themselves to find out as many answers to questions that no one talked about, what colour was my dads hair ? What colour eyes does he have ? Etc all the while keeping it to themselves that they are looking for Liam, that is until Juliet receives a worrying phonecall from her uncle. Juliet now knows Zac is searching for his dad will she answer Zac’s questions ? Will she tell him the truth behind Liam’s disappearance? Since Zac was born they’re whole family have lived a lie, they’ve hidden secrets that are desperate to come undone, as Zac’s search continues, lies and secrets unravel and continue to push the family further apart. Will Zac find his dad before it’s too late ? I loved Little Big Man from start to finish I couldn’t put it down, I was desperate to know if Zac found his dad and if Juliet rekindled her love. I am giving an honest 5 star rating, Little Big Man is a must read, you won’t be disappointed.
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  • Marcia
    January 1, 1970
    I won an ARC from Goodreads.com and this is my unbiased and voluntary review.While not my usual genre, I found this to be a heartwarming story about a ten year old boy, which held my interest from the begining to the end. Overweight and bullied, Zac wants to find his father and find out why he ran away before he was born. With the help of his best friend Teagan, whose father recently left his family to create another, he writes a heartfelt letter to his father and vows to deliver it to him befor I won an ARC from Goodreads.com and this is my unbiased and voluntary review.While not my usual genre, I found this to be a heartwarming story about a ten year old boy, which held my interest from the begining to the end. Overweight and bullied, Zac wants to find his father and find out why he ran away before he was born. With the help of his best friend Teagan, whose father recently left his family to create another, he writes a heartfelt letter to his father and vows to deliver it to him before his next birthday. Using flash backs and told through the perspective of Zac, his mother, Juliet and Juliet's father, Mick, we find that secrets and lies have kept Liam from his family, leaving Juliet heartbroken and abandoned and Zac not knowing who his dad is, whether he loves him, or why he left, resulting in both of them having low self esteem and overweight from stress eating. The adage "this will hurt me more than it will hurt you", has always been false and the secrets and lies from Zac's grandparent have hurt Zac and Juliet, beyond anything they could have imagined. But detectives Zac and Teagan unravel the mystery.Some of the British colloquiums threw me a bit (are estates, government housing?), but intrepid American readers can infer the meanings. That is the only negative thing I could say about this book. It really is lovely written.
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  • Jocelyn
    January 1, 1970
    For an honest review I was given an advanced reading copy of Big Little Love by Penguin Random House through their first to read program. I will say I enjoyed reading this book. The book is told from three perspectives; Zac, Juliet, and Mike. Zach is on a mission to find his dad. He starts this journey for obvious reasons but his main focus is to make his mom happy again since his dad is the only man his mother has ever loved. What Zac doesn’t know is there’s a family secret that is preventing h For an honest review I was given an advanced reading copy of Big Little Love by Penguin Random House through their first to read program. I will say I enjoyed reading this book. The book is told from three perspectives; Zac, Juliet, and Mike. Zach is on a mission to find his dad. He starts this journey for obvious reasons but his main focus is to make his mom happy again since his dad is the only man his mother has ever loved. What Zac doesn’t know is there’s a family secret that is preventing him from knowing his dad. It is amazing how his journey to find his dad unravels a secret his grandad has held his either life. It takes Zac’s innocence and determination to get his family to confront their past and move forward with their lives.After finally sitting down and actually taking the time to really get into the book I would say I enjoyed the read. It was beautiful! Have you ever longed for something you knew you were missing and went searching for it? This is Zac and his determination to find his father, not only for himself but for his mother as well. It is funny how kids can have big, little love. I love how the title ties into who Zac is and how his big little love brings his family together. It is funny how it takes the innocence and love of a kid to bring this family together.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    I am such a fan of stories of family secrets, and seeing this book compared to the show Parenthood made it a “need to read” for me.Overall, the story was enjoyable. It took a bit of time to get a handle on what was going on (especially when changing narrators) but I came to really enjoy switching narrators. It gave more information from a different perspective that helped to deepen the storyline.However, in the end, I felt like too much went on. There was bullying, addiction (both alcohol and fo I am such a fan of stories of family secrets, and seeing this book compared to the show Parenthood made it a “need to read” for me.Overall, the story was enjoyable. It took a bit of time to get a handle on what was going on (especially when changing narrators) but I came to really enjoy switching narrators. It gave more information from a different perspective that helped to deepen the storyline.However, in the end, I felt like too much went on. There was bullying, addiction (both alcohol and food) and a medical condition exacerbated by an unhealthy living environment. All of this, in addition to the main plot lines of secrets, and the search for Zac’s father, made for an often convulsed story. I am not a person who needs a neat and tidy ending, but so many of these were not wrapped up by the end of the story that I wouldn’t have minded them not being included at all.Even with these plot issues, I still enjoyed my time with this book. I think it would be an excellent summer vacation/beach read for someone looking for a story with some mystery, secrets, and a whole lot of love.Thank you to Penguin’s First to Read for an eARC in exchange for my honest opinions.
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  • Kim McGee
    January 1, 1970
    Debut author Katy Regan paints a portrait of a family that is held together by love but is just barely hanging on. Juliet had Zac ten years ago and that was exactly when the horrible thing happened and Liam, Zac's father, left. Now Zac is old enough to want more than just his mother's and grandparents love- he wants to know about his dad. Zac is overweight and is being bullied at school and Juliet also uses food and alcohol as a comfort device. As she tries to field his persistent questions she Debut author Katy Regan paints a portrait of a family that is held together by love but is just barely hanging on. Juliet had Zac ten years ago and that was exactly when the horrible thing happened and Liam, Zac's father, left. Now Zac is old enough to want more than just his mother's and grandparents love- he wants to know about his dad. Zac is overweight and is being bullied at school and Juliet also uses food and alcohol as a comfort device. As she tries to field his persistent questions she enlists the help of a friend to get them both eating better and exercising when she realizes that he is not going to give up on his search. Zac also has a champion in Teagan, his best friend who will do anything she can to help him. This is a sweet story of human frailty and how wounds stay open and fester with time. When too much time goes by with words left unsaid it will take a ten year old boy who decides he has had enough of wondering to get it done. The story is told in alternating chapters by Zac, Juliet and Grandfather Mick each giving their particular slant to the events. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.
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  • Taintedrose76 Christina
    January 1, 1970
    This book is not my normal type of read I entered a giveaway and got a large print paperback in the mail from Penguin Random House publishing company.I say this is a sweet story about a 10 year old boy who is dealing with a lonely mum. handling being bullied for his weight. and also determined to find his father who every one said left before he was born. He also has a great friendship with a girl next door who struggles with a depressed mother and an illness of her own but these two best friend This book is not my normal type of read I entered a giveaway and got a large print paperback in the mail from Penguin Random House publishing company.I say this is a sweet story about a 10 year old boy who is dealing with a lonely mum. handling being bullied for his weight. and also determined to find his father who every one said left before he was born. He also has a great friendship with a girl next door who struggles with a depressed mother and an illness of her own but these two best friends make a cute duo. It did take a bit for this book to pull me in not sure if it was my mind set or just a slow starting story but I pushed through and it started getting me about chapter 7.This little guy has a whole big support system around him because he has such a huge heart and is an unstoppable force when it comes to finding the truth about his dad.this is a great weekend read and is also okay for younger teen readers
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  • Phyllis
    January 1, 1970
    It’s easy to love and care about Zac; he’s a 10 year old sensitive, overweight, bullied little boy who decides he wants to find his father who, he has been told, left before he was born. He writes a letter to his father inviting him to his 11th birthday party and states that he thinks his father will like him if he meets him. He is joined in his quest to find his father by his loyal friend, Teagan. However, in their detective work they find family secrets surrounding Zac’s father and the death o It’s easy to love and care about Zac; he’s a 10 year old sensitive, overweight, bullied little boy who decides he wants to find his father who, he has been told, left before he was born. He writes a letter to his father inviting him to his 11th birthday party and states that he thinks his father will like him if he meets him. He is joined in his quest to find his father by his loyal friend, Teagan. However, in their detective work they find family secrets surrounding Zac’s father and the death of Zac’s uncle. The story is told from the point of view of Zac, his mother Juliet and his grandfather Mick. It is funny, heartbreaking, heartwarming and uplifting. It is a well written novel and Katy Regan has you caring for all of her characters through the past tragedy and their daily lives since. I will be looking for more books by Katy Regan. I received an early copy through Penguin First to Read program.
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  • Jolene
    January 1, 1970
    This story is told by Zac, a ten year old boy who is overweight and bullied relentlessly at school.  Those parts were horrible to read because I know things like that really do go on in schools.  The story is also told by Zac's mom, Juliet, and his grandpa, Mick.  Zac was told his dad left him and his mom before he was born so Zac and his best friend, Teagan decide to find him because Zac overheard his mom say she still loved his dad.  When Zac's grandpa finds out about this, he is worried beca This story is told by Zac, a ten year old boy who is overweight and bullied relentlessly at school.  Those parts were horrible to read because I know things like that really do go on in schools.  The story is also told by Zac's mom, Juliet, and his grandpa, Mick.  Zac was told his dad left him and his mom before he was born so Zac and his best friend, Teagan decide to find him because Zac overheard his mom say she still loved his dad.  When Zac's grandpa finds out about this, he is worried because he knows the real reason Zac's dad left and it could cause a lot of heartache if the truth gets out.  I loved the relationship between Zac and his mom.  They were so supportive of each other.  When Zac decides to try and lose weight, his mom joins him at the gym.  Even though it could lead to disappointment, Juliet helps Zac in his mission to find his dad.  This was a sweet and endearing book about love and family.https://jolenewilsonblog.wordpress.co...
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    While I felt the first half of the book dragged on a bit, I still really liked it and teared up a few times towards the end. It was really interesting to read as an American and try to figure out the British slang and terms so I felt like I learned some things even though I've been to England. Also, as a parent, I was very touched by the relationship between Zac and his mom and his granddad. A lot of issues were also addressed as far as weight, bullying, self-esteem and even theft. I found mysel While I felt the first half of the book dragged on a bit, I still really liked it and teared up a few times towards the end. It was really interesting to read as an American and try to figure out the British slang and terms so I felt like I learned some things even though I've been to England. Also, as a parent, I was very touched by the relationship between Zac and his mom and his granddad. A lot of issues were also addressed as far as weight, bullying, self-esteem and even theft. I found myself even getting motivated to work out at one point! I absolutely love the way it ended and am so glad no characters died! I also enjoyed reading from each character's point of view and think it could also have been interesting to throw in some chapters from Liam or Man's perspective at the end! The title is also very catchy and appropriate. Hoping for more books to come from this author!
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  • Sasha
    January 1, 1970
    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I really enjoy the authors writing style, the author pulls you into the book from the very beginning and makes it so you don't want to put the book down. It kept me on the edge of my seat reading from cover to cover. Thi First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I really enjoy the authors writing style, the author pulls you into the book from the very beginning and makes it so you don't want to put the book down. It kept me on the edge of my seat reading from cover to cover. This book was a very interesting read. The author kept you interested from the first chapter to the very last. It pulls you in quickly and keeps you hooked wanting to read and find out what is happening. I would recommend this to anyone. This book is incredible.
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  • Denise Walsh
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first time reading a novel by Katy Regan and it was not my last for sure. It is not my typical novel to read as I tend toward thrillers but this story had enough mystery in it to keep my interest going throughout. It is the story of a 10 year old boy who sets out to find his dad, whom he believes never met him. There is under current all along of his mother, granddad and grandmother not wanting to talk to him about this subject. He and his best friend are determined to get to the bot This was my first time reading a novel by Katy Regan and it was not my last for sure. It is not my typical novel to read as I tend toward thrillers but this story had enough mystery in it to keep my interest going throughout. It is the story of a 10 year old boy who sets out to find his dad, whom he believes never met him. There is under current all along of his mother, granddad and grandmother not wanting to talk to him about this subject. He and his best friend are determined to get to the bottom of this mystery and find his dad by gathering all the clues he can, by any means he can. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a charming book about a single mom and her son as he tries to learn more of his father.
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