The Mama’s #CBR5 Review #60: Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger

chateauFrom the author of The Devil Wears Prada comes the story of Brooke and Julian Alter. Brooke is a nutrionist working two jobs to support Julian, a better-than-average musician who is hoping to make it big. When Julian is discovered, he rockets to fame, and Brooke feels as though she’s left in the dust.

Brooke struggles with being supportive of Julian while she continues to maintain her career. She is enchanted with the sudden glamour of her husband’s new life, but feels completely out of place among the glitterati. Things become tense when Julian begins appearing in the tabloids, and even more tense when Brooke is seemingly left behind to clean up the messes Julian is leaving.

The story wasn’t horrible, and Weisberger did a nice job of commenting on how quickly we elevate our celebrities to hero status, and how quickly we help them fall. But I disliked every character. I found Brooke whiny and irritating and Julian was an overgrown boy in a man’s body. And I didn’t think it was possible for characters in a book to not have any chemistry, but these two had less than zero.

Unfortunately, Chateau Marmont was no Devil.

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Lady Cordelia #CBR5 Review #54: Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

UnknownThis book precipitated the most negative reaction in me that I’ve experienced towards a book all year.  Quite a surprise from something I was anticipating as a lovely escapist read –  I wanted fabulous clothes, emaciated models, high society and low actions.  What I actually got was a sickening feeling that inadvertently the author was revealing her own self-importance, self-obsession and self-righteousness.  Quite the achievement from someone who, in my mind, looks like an innocent Anne Hathaway in clumpy shoes.

I admit, the movie The Devil Wears Prada, looms larger for me than the book.  That said, it wasn’t too hard to pick up the same characters again even without any explanation because absolutely nothing has changed.  Meryl Streep is still dictator at the not-even-thinly-disguised USA Vogue, with Stanley Tucci her flamboyant offsider.  Anne Hathaway, who finished the last story leaving the magazine to go be a serious journalist, is now writing a wedding blog.  Suck it!  She soon joins forces with Emily Blunt, and the two of them publish a new high-fashion wedding glossy mag.  Anne is now married to a society prince (not Adrian Grenier) and surprisingly, his mother thinks he’s married down.  All the while, Anne is having bizarre rescue fantasies involving Adrian Grenier rescuing her from Meryl Streep.  You’ll never guess what ends up happening!!!!

Sigh.  This book is told in an odd chronological order – probably to disguise the fact that there is no real plot, other than Anne being a constipated, sanctimonious bitch.  How anyone endures her is beyond my comprehension.  I put this book down so many times, not intending to go on… but I really wanted to claim the review after wasting so much time on it.  Read it if you’re a completist, but if you’re looking for an indulgent escape, go straight for the DVD.