I read this amazing book in the Spring of 2015 and I loved everything about it. The characters created were so memorable and the story was so good I literally couldn't put it down. I had never read anything by Liane Moriarty before but I saw that my local library had made it their book of the month so I gave it a try. I was excited and apprehensive all at the same time when I heard HBO was making it into a series. You just never know how it's going to turn out. I have seen some great adaptations of books into series or movies ......and some not so great. The thing that gets under my skin when these adaptations happen is that you can miss out on a lot of great stuff because it got cut or changed in the process. I loved this book EXACTLY how it was and so any changes could be awful. I had nothing to worry about. HBO made this series pretty darn perfect.
The story revolves around 3 women and their lives and friendship. Madeline Martha Mackenzie (played by Reese Witherspoon) is on marriage #2. She is funny and pretty passionate about almost everything. Her oldest daughter is a very moody teenager who suddenly starts spending more time with her Dad and his new, very young, yoga loving wife and their daughter. Did I mention that the Ex's youngest is in the same class as Madeline and her new husband's daughter? Talk about awkward!
Jane Australia ( Shailene Woodley) and her son Ziggy have just moved to the town and because she is so young she actually gets mistaken for a nanny. She is a single mom and she doesn't talk much about her past or Ziggy's dad but she always seems on edge. There is a mishap on the way to orientation day at the school and she finds herself befriended and defended by Madeline. Jane meets Madeline's other friend Celeste Wright and the 3 click right away. Celeste ( Nicole Kidman) and her husband make a stunning couple. They are literally the talk of the school because of the way they seem to still be so in love after all the time they have been together. Celeste has twin boys that are very rambunctious and as such seem to keep her pretty busy. She may seem like she has the perfect life from the outside but it is nothing like people expect.
The story covers a lot of topics from abuse, bullying, murder, and more. I can not say enough good things about either the book or the show. Read it, watch it, do both!