“Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover” ~ As seen in the newspaper Piqua Democrat, June 1867
We’ve all been there. It’s 3 o’clock and I’m running late to the bus to pick up the kids. My hair, which was perfect at 6 am, is now a disheveled mess, I’m still dressed in my frumpy work uniform and nerves are on their last leg. Then I arrive at the bus stop and she is standing there, the PERFECT MOM. She bakes cupcakes for the school bake sale, she has perfectly styled hair and her clothing is up to date and radiant . In a heartbeat, I would change places with her. I crave her ‘perfect’ life, the way she always seems so relaxed and energetic at the bus stop and her perfect style.
We all get bitten by the green eyed monster from time to time. We see the fronts that people display, whether in person or social media, and assume that that is a true representation of their life. However, when we get to know that person and see what’s on the inside, we may be surprised to find that that person is completely different then we once thought. The persona that a person presents to the world is not necessarily a true representation of who they are.
Big Little Lies Synopsis:
Based on the bestselling novel of the same name, and featuring tour de force performances by several top Hollywood actors, Big Little Lies is a darkly comic drama set in Monterey, CA that begins with a suspicious homicide at an elementary-school fundraiser. Though the victim and the perpetrator initially remain a mystery, it seems likely that the murder was spawned by rivalries and secrets surrounding three mothers: type-A stay-at-home mom Madeline Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon), who harbors jealousy towards her ex’s new, younger wife Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz), a yoga instructor with a Zen attitude; Madeline’s best friend Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman), a former corporate lawyer with a seemingly perfect marriage to a younger man (Alexander Skarsgård); and Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley), a single mom with a dark past, whom Madeline and Celeste take under their wing. Intercut with interrogation-room insights of other parents and school staff – who offer up a Greek chorus of gossip on the town’s allegiances and rivalries, particularly revolving around Madeline and her nemesis, tech-exec career mom Renata Klein (Laura Dern) – the story unspools over seven tense yet subversively funny episodes, revealing how each of the women had something to hide leading up to that one fateful night. Also starring Adam Scott, James Tupper and Jeffrey Nordling, Big Little Lies is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Wild) and written by David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal). ~ HBO Canada
If you haven’t seen this series before, I highly I recommend it! “Big Little Lies” captured my attention right away. From the showcase of my favourite actress to a period in my life that I can relate to, I was drawn in deeper with each episode. It is a mystery within a mystery, that focuses on tough topics like of rape, abuse, bullying and divorce. I love the way the series flips back and forth between the past (where the characters stories build up) to the present where we are presented with a murder. We don’t know who is murdered or why, but then entire series we are shown motive and clues that incriminate everyone. By the time I got to the final episode, I was so tense and on the edge of my seat, I was clueless to who was the culprit. From humor, fear and mystery, you are entertained until the very last scene!
Grab this series, a cup of coffee and some of your girl friends and get ready to binge watch Big Little Lies, but whatever you do, don’t judge a book by its cover!
Have you seen this series? What do you think?