Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger

So you’ve all read or seen the movie of “The Devil Wears Prada“, right?  If not, shame on you.  (P.S. the book, of course, was better than the movie.  I was slightly disappointed by the movie.  As usual.)  Author Lauren Weisberger just released her newest novel and I was ready – I had pre-ordered it months ago for my Kindle.

“Last Night at Chateau Marmont” is about a young New York City couple, Brooke and Julian.  Brooke works as a nutritionist at both a hospital and a private girls school in the city.  Julian is an amazing singer and pianist – that’s actually how they met.  Brooke had seen an impromptu performance of his at a local bar one night and was immediately drawn to the quiet, shy guy who always wore white t-shirts, Levi’s, and a knit cap.  She would go out weekly to see him perform, sitting alone in the corner.  One night, her blind date took her to the bar where Julian normally performed and guess what!  Her date was Julian’s cousin and they were finally introduced and they fell in love, got married, and lived happily ever after.

Well… not really.  The first two parts of that last phrase are right.  Brooke and Julian are just getting by on the salaries of Brooke’s two jobs and Julian is on the verge of being signed by Sony but is still struggling.  A rep from the Jay Leno show attends one of Julian’s shows and invites him to perform and his career just blew up from there.  He begins recording an album and performing all over the country.  Brooke is thrilled for Julian and has been supporting him the entire way, but their lives start to get shaken up when rumors start to swirl after Julian is photographed with a famous young starlet at an event.  It was completely innocent, but that’s when the public (and the gossip rags) really started to take notice of Julian Atler…. and Brooke.  More rumors start about Brooke and Julian’s marriage and this is not what Brooke signed up for.  As Julian does appearances and goes on tour, he and Brooke grow apart.  Brooke also loses BOTH of her jobs due to Julian’s hectic schedule and the [usually negative] attention that she’s getting.  Then the bomb drops –  photographs surface of Julian and a girl at the Chateau Marmont hotel in LA.  Brooke doesn’t know who to believe and where her life is going.  Can they get their lives and their relationship back on track?

I’ve loved all of Lauren Weisberger’s four books.  I was really entertained by this one and read it pretty quickly.  I could really imagine Brooke and Julian as two regular people that could be people that I know and I could totally imagine how Brooke would feel to be a “civilian” thrust into the spotlight with her newly famous husband.  I also liked that Weisberger threw in some pop culture references – current actresses/actors, singers, et cetera.  She also made up some characters (although it had me wondering if maybe they were modeled after a particular famous person – I’m still trying to guess!).  It’s a fun, easy read and you won’t want to put it down.  And if you haven’t checked out her other two novels yet, put ‘em on your list!

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