I’m a big fan of The Devil Wears Prada. Any time it’s on TV I have to watch. I’ve lost count how many times I have caught parts or all of the movie over the years. Of course my first exposure to the story was through the book by Lauren Weisberger. I remember the story was funny and exciting. It gave me a look into the fashion world that has always fascinated me.
So when Weisberger came out with Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns, I was excited to know what happened next. That book focused mainly on Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway’s character). This time around Weisberger concentrates on Emily Charlton, Miranda Priestly’s first assistant, in When Life Gives You Lululemons.
I must admit, I don’t own any lululemons and don’t plan to own any. Why? Because they are expensive and I don’t like hanging out in leggings. I digress. Let’s get back to Emily’s story. It has been several years and Emily is now married, living in Hollywood and works as an image consultant for several famous stars. Emily is just as snarky and rude as she was in The Devil Wears Prada.
Emily (Emily Blunt in my head) handles what I consider some pretty crazy celebrities. They seem to be more of a pain in the ass instead of worth the time. She tries to help them with their images and how they should conduct themselves in public, which doesn’t seem to work. She seems to deal more with damage control that their social media post will have on their careers.
Then there is Karolina, a supermodel married to a senator. Karolina gets arrested and charged with a DUI that seems super fishy. This is the start of her life completely falling apart. Then there is Miriam, a friend to both Emily and Karolina. She gave up her high-stress job in the city to head to the suburbs with her husband and three children. Miriam thinks her husband might be having an affair. Karolina’s husband is having a very public affair and Emily has a husband that travels a ton and Emily likes to innocently flirt.
Miriam thinks Emily can help Karolina with her image and Karolina doesn’t want help. While Emily doesn’t want to go home because her husband is traveling and their place is empty. She also doesn’t understand why all these suburban women run around in Lululemon leggings like they are regular pants. Emily would NEVER do that…until she does.
This is a funny, slightly irrelevant look at motherhood, suburbs and how life changes with age. The three main characters were likeable and I hoped everything would work out for each of them. Even though Karolina is a supermodel and should be at ease in front of crowds, she was klutzy and very downhome. Her biggest wish in life is to just be a Mom. There were other women in the book that I could not stand and wanted to reach in and slap them.
When Life Gives You Lululemons is a great continuation of Emily’s life after Runway and Miranda Priestly. If you liked The Devil Wears Prada, you will enjoy this book.
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.
Until next time…enjoy the view from your passenger seat