When Life Gives You Lululemons was written by Lauren Weisberger. This is a spinoff to her wildly popular novel, The Devil Wears Prada. I must admit, I didn’t even remember that there was already a sequel to The Devil Wears Prada, but I was excited about this spinoff because I was looking forward to a relatively light and fun “beach read”.

Fans of The Devil Wears Prada will remember Emily as Miranda Priestly’s assistant. She has moved on from that part of her life, and she now works as an image consultant. She’s going through a rough patch with work, and ends up in Greenwich, visiting Miriam- an old friend from summer camp.

Emily meets Karolina through Miriam. Karolina is a former supermodel who married to a senator. As the story begins, Karolina is pulled over by the police and accused of driving drunk with children in the car. But the champagne bottles rolling around in the back aren’t hers, and even though she begs for a Breathalyzer or a blood test, her request is ignored. Her husband cuts her off from, and she’s left to rusticate in Greenwich.

Emily agrees to help Karolina, and with Miriam’s input, they formulate a plan to change the country’s perception of Karolina- this is not going to be easy, but Emily believes Karolina’s assertions that she would never drink and drive. As the story plays out on the national stage, the three ladies are determined to tell the truth.

This was such a fun book with lots of melodramatic situations. The plot moves fairly quickly, and there are always new developments. The story unfolds from all three women’s points of view, and I think this adds depth to the narrative since each of the characters lives a very different life.

I would absolutely recommend When Life Gives You Lululemons to anyone who is looking for some light reading this summer. I enjoyed reading this book quite a bit. I found it to be surprisingly introspective for a “beach read” as each character contemplates what she is doing with her life, and if she needs any changes. By the end of the book, there was clear resolution for everyone, with no loose plot ends left dangling. This is a book that I’ll go back to in the future when I’m looking for a lighthearted read.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.


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