Lauren Weisberger is the author best known for her first novel â€“ the hugely successful The Devil Wears Prada. I have to confess I have not read that book, but like every other self respecting chick-flick lover have seen the film (more than once) and loved it.
Last Night at Chateau Marmont is Weisberger\’s latest best seller and I admit I enjoyed the read, but certainly can\’t see it as a blockbuster being released in Hollywood.
The novel centres around a happy couple living the quiet life in New York. Brooke works two jobs as a nutritionist, happy to support Julian, her musician husband, as he tries to break into the big time. Although they are content enough, Julian still longs for his music to be recognised. Soon enough though, recognition comes knocking and both Brooke and Julian are left realising that you should be careful what you wish for.
Last Night at Chateau Marmont is a delightful look at the seedier side of fame â€“ as Brooke and Julian soon discover, life in the spotlight is sometimes not all it\’s cracked up to be. When Julian is discovered by a major record company executive, his music is thrust upon the world virtually overnight and all of a sudden he and Brooke are flying in private jets, attending exclusive parties and lunching with the likes of Jon Bon Jovi.
As Julian\’s fame grows, so does his hectic schedule and while Brooke tries to maintain some normality in her own life (such as just managing to get to work most days) she is faced with the reality that having a famous husband means that your whole life is scrutinised â€“ in detail! So with the paparazzi at their heels, Julian and Brooke find themselves spending more and more time apart, as he pursues the career he always wanted and she tries to live the life they used to have.
And when some not so innocent photos emerge, they both need to decide whether their marriage is worth fighting for.
Last Night at Chateau Marmont is an enjoyable read, with a captivating look at what it would be like to have fame suddenly thrust upon you â€“ with the growing realisation that perhaps it isn\’t quite what you thought it would be. The main characters, Brooke and Julian, are likeable â€“ although at times it\’s difficult to understand why Brooke is so intent on their lives staying so like they were â€“ and you find yourself really hoping that they work it out in the end as you work your way through the story. I loved the not so subtle references to real life celebs scattered throughout the novel and it got me thinking that maybe living life in the spotlight is really not so easy after all. Although, give me lunch with Jon Bon Jovi anyday!
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