Monday, June 4, 2018

Book Review and Giveaway: When Life Gives You Lululemons

By Melissa Amster

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Weisberger returns with a novel starring one of her favorite characters from The Devil Wears Prada--Emily Charlton, first assistant to Miranda Priestly, now a highly successful image consultant who's just landed the client of a lifetime.

Welcome to Greenwich, CT, where the lawns and the women are perfectly manicured, the Tito's and sodas are extra strong, and everyone has something to say about the infamous new neighbor.

Let's be clear: Emily Charlton, Miranda Priestly's ex-assistant, does not do the suburbs. She's working in Hollywood as an image consultant to the stars, but recently, Emily's lost a few clients. She's hopeless with social media. The new guard is nipping at her heels. She needs a big opportunity, and she needs it now.

Karolina Hartwell is as A-list as they come. She's the former face of L'Oreal. A mega-supermodel recognized the world over. And now, the gorgeous wife of the newly elected senator from New York, Graham, who also has his eye on the presidency. It's all very Kennedy-esque, right down to the public philandering and Karolina's arrest for a DUI--with a Suburban full of other people's children.

Miriam is the link between them. Until recently she was a partner at one of Manhattan's most prestigious law firms. But when Miriam moves to Greenwich and takes time off to spend with her children, she never could have predicted that being stay-at-home mom in an uber-wealthy town could have more pitfalls than a stressful legal career.

Emily, Karolina, and Miriam make an unlikely trio, but they desperately need each other. Together, they'll navigate the social landmines of life in America's favorite suburb on steroids, revealing the truths--and the lies--that simmer just below the glittering surface. With her signature biting style, Lauren Weisberger offers a dazzling look into another sexy, over-the-top world, where nothing is as it appears. (Synopsis courtesy of Amazon.)

Since I enjoyed both The Devil Wears Prada and Revenge Wears Prada, I was excited to read about Emily's life and learn more about her perspective. Emily, Miriam, and Karolina are three very different women who somehow manage to bond over a disastrous situation. I really liked reading about all three women and seeing what was unfolding in their lives. They were all easily relatable, even if I've never been in their shoes for certain situations.

When Life Gives You Lululemons is deliciously snarky and humorous throughout. There were some interesting shock factors that came into play. The only real issue I had was with the passage of time. It felt like time went by too quickly to work for what was happening in the story. Like several months would pass, even though it felt like only a few weeks.

Overall, I enjoyed this story as much as the previous two and I think it would be fun to get some type of prequel novel from Miranda's perspective.

Dream movie cast:
Of course, Emily Blunt will still play Emily and Meryl Streep will still play Miranda
Miriam: Natasha Lyonne
Karolina: Katja Herbers
Miles: Taylor Kitsch
Paul: Chris Klein
Graham: Eion Bailey
Regan: Britt Robertson
Ashley: April Bowlby
Alistair: Ben Barnes

Thanks to Simon and Schuster for the book in exchange for an honest review. They also have one copy for a lucky reader!


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23 comments:

Janine said...

My life is pretty much made of embarrassing moments, so I can't pick one over the other. But the most recent one was Friday when I went all day with a hole in the back of my dress. I didn't discover it until I took it off that night.

RD said...

I have had many embarrassing moments! They still haunt me sometimes!

Kristy F said...

I had bought some new pants for work and I left the house with the sticker running down the back of my leg, proclaiming my pant size for all the world to see. Well, perhaps not all the world. Just the people in my work place.

Kelley B said...

I hate it when I have something between my teeth! It's embarrassing.

Kate Vocke said...

oh geez i do something embarrassing almost every day but one famously embarrassing event I can easily recall is tripping over my own feet in the grocery store only to fall into a rack and cut my eyelid open on a product hook :( lololol

traveler said...

I have been embarrassed many times. Due to many health issues I have not taken care of my hair, updated clothes etc. so when I leave the house I look like a wreck but decided not to worry about this anymore.

jpetroroy said...

Burping in the middle of a meeting.

Bonnie K. said...

It's really embarrassing when feminine pads don't do their job. One nice lady let me know that there was a stain on the back of my dress at church. Luckily, I had a sweater with me; so, I wrapped it around my waist.

Linda May said...

I can't think of anything at the moment. Thanks for your great generosity.

Rita Wray said...

I can't think of any. There are probably many I just don't want to remember them.

Dianne Casey said...

Tripping on the stairs going into a friends house for a birthday party.

Mary Preston said...

I have a terrible habit of forgetting names & faces. I hug total strangers & ignore those I have met.

The Book Sage said...

I don't think I would start this series. But I can see why it would be an enjoyable set of reads.

Carole said...

thanks - now ordered from my library. Cheers

Bethany Clark said...

Embarrassing yet makes me feel young, I still get carded when getting drinks at the bar at 39 :)

dstoutholcomb said...

Ever try to unlock the wrong car?

Hailey Fish said...

I have tons! The time I wore a white skirt and got my time of the month in summer school in 6th grade; the time my mom told my crush's mom that I said her son was my dream boat and she ended up telling him who told me; the time I was arguing with another crush and our teacher said "I know you guys like each other but stop name-calling and get to work." I can go on but I won't! :D

bn100 said...

can't think of any

Carla said...

I hate it when I can't remember a name and use a wrong one to address someone. I'm also clumsy and trip a lot over my own feet. Or, get my "twords wisted" when I get nervous/excited. Or...

Dianna said...

I always manage to spill food on myself when I eat. It hits right in between my boobs, every time. If, by some miracle, I don't get food on myself during the meal, I somehow get it on me when I'm cleaning up.

The Book Sage said...

Sounds like fun reads.

Lesley McIntosh said...

Lots of moments and they get more frequent as I get older . Just the other day I tried to get into someone else's car , same make and colour and it was at night and just parked near mine!!
And I have gone to a meeting with my top on inside out!!

John Smith said...

"Tell us about an embarrassing situation you've been in. (We won't judge!)" Being around idiots with camcorders at a D.C. museum thirty years ago--of course the invasiveness is now complete with these "phone" thingies.