When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger
Published by: Simon & Schuster on June 5, 2018.
Genre: Humorous Fiction
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Lululemons follows post-Devil Wears Prada Emily into her new life as a struggling Image consultant after leaving Runway magazine. The book opens with Emily leaving L.A. for New York to meet a potential client, but after he bails on her for Emily’s new competition, Olivia Jade, Emily decides to take the train out to Greenwich to see childhood friend Miriam Kagan. However, upon arrival Emily discovers the estranged culture of suburban living while helping former L’Oréal model Karolina Hartwell put her life back together after her husband, the New York Senator, abruptly leaves her.
Given that I am usually strict with reading non-fiction and haven’t opened a novel in over 6 years, I loved this book. I appreciated the way the narrator rotated between characters in every chapter, this made the story more entertaining since you get to see the same storyline through three different women’s perspectives. Additionally, the tangents Weisberger would go on while setting a scene seemed to distract at first but proved to make the story come to life. For example, when the story opens at a new years party in L.A. Emily notices a girl and time gets paused while Weisberger goes into great detail about the girl:
“She was twenty-three, twenty-five at most, and while her body was far from perfect—slightly rounded belly and overly curvy thighs—her arms didn’t jiggle and her neck didn’t sag. No crepey anything. Just youth. None of the small indignities of Emily’s own body at thirty-six: light stretch marks on her hips; cleavage with just the smallest hint of sag; some errant dark hairs along her bikini line that just seemed to sprout now willy-nilly, indifferent to Emily’s indefatigable waxing schedule.”
These detailed descriptions serve not only to help the reader visualize the novel but further portray the comparative culture all these characters live in where housewives are comparing everything from net-worths to waistlines; these comparisons seem toxic at first but you quickly realize this comparative nature is just part of the culture of these elite inner circles. This is what Weisberger nails: she develops the character’s dynamics so well that you don’t have to be a Greenwich mother to understand what it’s like being one.
Unsurprisingly, characters from the prequel Devil Wears Prada make several appearances throughout the novel but Weisberger tastefully glosses over these Cameos to entertain readers who are familiar with her work but doesn’t distract from the main storyline. This novel makes a fantastic weekend read that surely makes you wish you lived in Greenwich. I look forward to her next novel as the ending certainly lays grounds for a spinoff.