Author Lauren Weisberger has proven several times now that her bestselling debut novel The Devil Wears Prada was no fluke.
Her latest work, Last Night at Chateau Marmont, continues her unique style of bitingly funny yet relatable characters and insider comments on glamorous lifestyles.
In this outing, she tackles the music world and from the first page to the last, it’s a compelling read. Last Night at Chateau Marmont features lead character Brooke, a New York-based nutritionist working two jobs to survive. Her world is forever altered when she meets Julian, a struggling musician, one night at a small club.
They quickly fall in love and marry and soon afterwards, Julian finds himself faced with overwhelming sudden fame.
Can their marriage survive? And if so, how? Brooke leads a “normal” life yet is suddenly faced with the conflict of giving into temptation and flying around the country enjoying the lavish lifestyle Julian’s success can provide, or maintaining her own identity and staying true to her desire to help people.
Overnight, their simple lives are turned upside down and they enter a world governed by a publicist and manager who are both slick and savvy but not necessarily in touch with the human aspects of life.
Weisberger offers a roller coaster ride of industry savvy, with backstage drama, Grammy awards, recording studios,stays at such legendary hotels as the Chateau Marmont, stylists and paparazzi.
In fact, it’s the paparazzi that cause Brooke and Julian potential destruction to their relationship. The gossip magazine Last Night, which Brooke once loved, runs shocking photos and stories about their marriage.
Weisberger weaves up-to-the-minute details into the novel such as speculation on Oprah’s talk show winding down, the Jonas Brothers, Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet, John Mayer, Maroon 5, Facebook and Twitter, among other modern references. This makes the novel seem all the more believable and fun.
While the book takes a serious look at friendship and the relationship of Brooke and Julian, it also has a sharp wit about it, with chapter titles such as “A Bun in the Oven and a Drink in Hand”, “We Hit Crazy at Check-In” and “Knee Deep in Tequila and Eighteen-year-old Girls.”
Settle in for a fun read and be prepared to turn the pages as fast as you can.