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When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger – Book Review



Welcome to Greenwich, Connecticut, 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 does not do the suburbs. After leaving Miranda Priestly, she’s been 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.
When Karolina Hartwell, a gorgeous former supermodel, is arrested for a DUI, her fall from grace is merciless. Her senator-husband leaves her, her Beltway friends disappear, and the tabloids pounce.
In Karolina, Emily finds her comeback opportunity. But she quickly learns Greenwich is a world apart and that this comeback needs a team approach.
So it is that Emily, the scorned Karolina, and their mutual friend Miriam, a powerful attorney turned stay-at-home suburban mom, band together to not only navigate the social land mines of suburban Greenwich but win back the hearts of the American public. Along the way, an indispensable ally emerges in one Miranda Priestly.
With her signature wit, Lauren Weisberger offers an alluring look into a sexy, over-the-top world—and proves it’s style and substance together that gets the job done.

Have you ever read a book that was exactly what you needed?  That’s exactly how I feel about When Life Gives You Lululemons. I kept seeing it pop up on Netgalley, but tried to convince myself that I didn’t need it (mostly because I know Taylor is low-key judging me with every new book I request, purchase, add to my TBR… hey, I’mma be me).  Then, one day, I finished a particularly heavy thriller that just left  me needing a pick-me-up.  Not because I didn’t like the book, but because I needed some happy. Let me tell you, WLGYL was exactly that.

The book follows three bold, diverse, hilarious women in Greenwich, CT in the midst of crises: Emily is losing clients to a younger (more social media savvy) image consultant. Karolina, supermodel and wife of a senator, was arrested for a DUI (with children in the car) even though she insists that she had not drunk excessively, and she wasn’t even given a breathalyzer test.   Miriam was formerly a top lawyer in NYC that has since settled into the suburbs and motherhood, while fighting the societal pressures of being super thin, the perfect mother, and having the perfect sex life with her husband.  They were so incredibly developed and relatable, and I found myself wanting to know more and more about them as the story went on.

While this is written as a The Devil Wears Prada novel, it could most definitely be read and appreciated as a standalone so long as you know the general story line (AKA the movie provides sufficient background if you just really want to read this book, like me).  However, I will say this book has me wanting to read the original (if the spin-off was this enjoyable, how fantastic must the original be?!), so once I get my hands on a copy, I’ll definitely let you know my thoughts! In the meantime, get your own copy of When Life Gives You Lululemons here!

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster for providing me with an advance copy.  It’s truly my pleasure to share my thoughts and opinions.



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