Title: When Life Gives You Lululemons
Author: Lauren Weisberger
Published: June 5th 2018
Publisher: Harper Collins Books Australia
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary
Rating: 4 stars
Don’t get mad. Get Emily.
Emily Charlton does not do the suburbs. A successful stylist and image consultant to Hollywood stars, she cut her teeth as assistant to legendary fashion editor Miranda Priestly in New York. But with social media-obsessed millennials stealing her clients, Emily needs to get back in the game – and fast.
She holes up at the home of her oldest friend Miriam in the upscale suburb of Greenwich. And when Miriam’s friend, model Karolina Hartwell, is publicly dumped by her husband Graham, a senator with presidential ambitions, Emily scents the client of a lifetime.
It’s not just Karolina’s reputation that’s ruined. It’s her family. And Miriam and Emily are determined he won’t get away with it. First they’ll get Karolina’s son back. Then they’ll help her get her own back.
Because when life gives you lemons, buy tequila . . .
Mrs’s R’s review:
From the author of The Devil Wears Prada comes the next outrageous book, When Life Gives You Lululemons. The Devil Wears Prada was Lauren Weisberger’s break out novel, starring Anne Hathaway as Andy and Meryl Streep as the iconic Miranda Priestly in the blockbuster movie. Three standalone novels followed before Lauren took readers back to Andy’s world in Revenge Wears Prada. With mixed reviews, Lauren’s next book took fans into the hedonistic world of professional tennis. Now Lauren is back with Miranda’s assistant story, Emily Charlton. She hasn’t forgotten longtime fans of Andy and Miranda though. For Andy, it is right that she does get the briefest of mentions as this isn’t about her while Miranda is regularly mentioned. Surprisingly, Miranda plays a greater role towards the end in Emily’s journey.
When Life Gives You Lululemons is set in New York at least 10 years after The Devil Wears Prada. Told in the first person through alternating chapters, it follows the path of not one, but three very different women; Miriam, Karolina and of course, Emily. At 38 years old, Emily has left the fashion world commanded by Miranda Priestly behind and is now an image consultant to the stars. While fashion is no longer front and centre, the crazy antics of the well to do are just as absurd as ever. With her blunt yet professional manner, Emily is a career woman who has seen it all and has it all, including a loving husband who regularly travels for his job. Until she starts losing jobs to Gen Y. As one by one Emily’s clients leave her to turn to others to clean up their mess, Emily turns to her friend Miriam for solace.
Miriam was a strong woman who is now the polar opposite of Emily. Like Emily, she too was once a career woman until she gave it all up for her family. Two children later, Miriam has swapped city life for suburban life. Miriam is the much needed character that readers can relate to as she provides normality in the crazy world inhabited by her friends. Loving, affectionate and supportive to those that are a part of her life, Miriam is a longtime friend to Emily. As a good friend, Miriam is able to see the strengths and weaknesses in Emily. Most importantly as a friend she can tell Emily the truth when it is needed. This also applies to Karolina, an acquaintance from the past who doesn’t know the impact that both Miriam and Emily will have on her life.
Karolina is the former Polish model who appears to have it all. A loving husband and a step son, she is also wealthy. Despite all her riches, Karolina is not the typical cliché, She has not forgotten her roots and remains a modest woman who puts her son first. Until it all comes crashing down when her husband, Graham, sets her up for unknown purposes. Still in love with her husband, Karolina is not able to see the truth of the situation until Miriam steps in, with Emily tagging along. Miriam provides the comfort that Karolina needs, it is Emily’s honesty that opens Karolina’s eyes to the truth about Graham. With her friends help, Karolina becomes a stronger woman as she fights for what she believes in.
Reminiscent of The First Wives Club, When Life Gives You Lululemons is a novel about the importance of friendship when times are tough.
When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger was published on 5th June 2018 by Harper Collins Books Australia. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.
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*Please note that a free copy of this book was provided for review purposes through Beauty & Lace and Harper Collins Books Australia. To read the original review on the Beauty & Lace website please visit here.