Remember The Devil Wears Prada? I have to admit that while I do remember the movie (with Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway) I never read the book. Once I looked up the year it was published, I understood why: in 2006 I had a baby, graduated from medical school, and started my internship. Suffice it to say, I wasn’t reading much for pleasure at the time.
Several of the characters from The Devil Wears Prada return in Lauren Weisberger’s latest novel, When Life Gives You LuLuLemons. Fantastic title, right? I jumped at the chance to review this when I saw it on Netgalley. Instead of following a small-town girl fresh out of college trying to make it in the big city, this story follows three mid-thirties women who’ve already “made it” and are now trying to figure out what comes next.
The novel is told from three points of view: Emily Charlton, a successful image consultant, who has no intention of sacrificing herself to motherhood; Miriam, married mom of three who’s recently left her law practice to be a stay-at-home mom in an uber-wealthy suburb of NYC; Karolina, former supermodel now married to newly-elected senator from New York. The story loosely follows the events after Karolina is falsely arrested for a DUI and Miriam, her dear friend, suggests they hire Emily to revamp Karolina’s image. I say “loosely” because the plot seems constructed to allow the women to romp from hilarious situation to hilarious situation, skewering the lifestyle of Super Rich Suburbanites and poking fun at the ridiculous lives of these elite, wealthy mothers who have way too much time and money on their hands.
There’s lots of fabulous parties, each one more over-the-top than the last, plenty of philandering husbands (and wives), a great deal of discussion of plastic surgery in places I never even wanted to know about, and some happy, feel-good moments. I enjoyed hanging out with all three women for the duration of the novel, and the story came to a satisfying conclusion.
Overall, recommended for fans of light, funny chick-lit with plenty of witty banter. A solid 3/5 stars for me.
Releases June 5, 2018.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an advance copy e-book in exchange for an honest review.