From the author of the million copy bestselling The Devil Wears Prada. Heartbreak, headlines and Hermes - welcome to Brooke's new world... Brooke and Julian live a happy life in New York - she's the breadwinner working two jobs and he's the struggling musician husband.
Then Julian is discovered by a Sony exec and becomes an overnight success - and their life changes forever. Soon they are moving in exclusive circles, dining at the glitziest restaurants, attending the most outrageous parties in town and jetting off to the trendiest hotspots in LA. But Julian's new-found fame means that Brooke must face the savage attentions of the ruthless paparazzi. And when a scandalous picture hits the front pages, Brooke's world is turned upside down.
Can her marriage survive the events of that fateful night at Chateau Marmont?
It's time for Brooke to decide if she's going to sink or swim...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 17/08/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780007311002
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Review by birdsam0610
Lauren Weisberger is one of the queens of chick lit- her first novel, The Devil Wears Prada, was a huge success and lead to a movie of the same name. Ever since then, she’s been trying to recapture the same Prada magic. Everyone Worth Knowing was good, Chasing Harry Winston I enjoyed (even if a lot of others didn’t) and now there’s Last Night at Chateau Marmont, which I bought without knowing a single detail of the plot.I thought this book would be about celebrities, wild parties and shopping in LA. It does include all those things, but more as a sideline than the main plot. The plot focuses on Brooke, a dietician (yay for picking a heroine with a career) in New York, working furiously to support her struggling musician husband Julian as he tries to make an album that Sony want to publish. Brooke is constantly tired but has the utmost faith in Julian to make their dream come true. Because this is fiction, Julian’s wildest dreams do come true and he is catapulted to stardom overnight. Enter flying across the country, celebrity parties and paparazzi. Brooke’s work (which is very important to her) suffers as her role as Mrs Julian Adler increases (you can’t chuck a sickie when you’re attending the Grammys) and then the papparazzi deliver the final blow- Julian with a girl at Chateau Marmont. Does Brooke stand by him or give up the celebrity life?I found Brooke’s character quite insipid and whiny. We’re told repeatedly how important her career is to her but she doesn’t come across that way. She accepts the belief of others readily and seems to be able to make few decisions unaided. A stronger female lead may have changed the ending of this novel. Julian, described as ‘John Mayer’-like (maybe a little too telling) comes across as increasingly insincere and again, incapable of making a decision, just going with the flow. This is what makes the ending unbelievable to me (sweet, but seemingly out of place for these characters).There’s a lot of name and product dropping here but it doesn’t reach the heights of Prada for me.
Review by LaurenMJenkins
Not too bad. Perfect quick read in between heavier choices....