When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger is an entertaining, easy to digest read. It’s the third book by Weisberger to feature the character Emily Charlton (you might remember her as Miranda Priestley’s prickly first assistant from The Devil Wears Prada). In this book Emily finds herself in the upscale suburb of Greenwich where the mums throw sex toy parties, get designer vaginas after giving birth and run around in Lululemon activewear.
Emily is in Greenwich visiting an old friend, Miriam, who used to be a high-flying New York lawyer but is now a stay-at-home-mum of three and trying to navigate the outrageous waters of Greenwich.
Karolina is a former supermodel and a stepmother to a 12-year-old boy. She is publicly dumped by her politician husband (who has presidential aspirations) following a scandal. Karolina is friends with Miriam and in need of Emily’s services as an image consultant to the rich and famous.
So Emily, who is still as catty as ever and going through her own crisis in confidence over her career, winds up in a place she abhors, the suburbs. It’s a bit of a desperate housewives of Greenwich situation and one that is fun to read about.
I enjoy the character of Emily, especially when I picture her like Emily Blunt played the character in The Devil Wears Prada movie. She doesn’t have many likable qualities, is a bit of a biatch and is very judgmental of other people. She doesn’t do public transport or the suburbs. But she is who she is and can be incredibly funny and sometimes show glimpses of a good person underneath.
It was fun having the three women get together to get revenge on Karolina’s terrible husband. I was waiting for more twists and turns with that plot but it seemed to be resolved a bit too easily and neatly. This book is not what I would call a feminist read as some of the messages it sends are you’re happier being skinnier, husbands will stray if you don’t get cosmetic work done and it’s easy to get pregnant in your thirties by accident while smoking and drinking. But if you don’t dive too deeply below the surface of these characters, you’ll be fine.
Verdict: Read this if you are a fan of The Devil Wears Prada.