I am unabashedly a Lauren Weisberger and specifically, Devil Wears Prada series fan. You can gauge my love for the books here. So when news of the third book When Life Gives You Lululemons (WLGYL) dropped on the Internet, I dropped everything and started following the release date.
Alas, at the start of summer I acquired my copy and set off on a summer reading treat. I did catch up on Devil Wears Prada – the original book, before starting the new ones.
To be honest, Weisberger’s Revenge Wears Prada was quite unimpressive. Also WLGYL was not going to be about Andy so I started reading it skeptically. But boy, was I wrong because I couldn’t stop flipping pages. I started reading it on my flight to Portland and the 40-minute delay in getting off the plane was completely rescued thanks to the book.
Setting the stage
Weisberger always does a great job of creating a world that one can immerse in. I literally felt like I was living in Greenwich. Andy’s world at the Runway Magazine office completely sucked in a. A fresh college graduate working in fashion journalism industry in the heart of New York city was something my newly-teenaged self quite aspired to be in. My personal favourites are books and authors that do this – welcome you into a world where you can imagine yourself in and relate to.
So now Emily’s world was something I could relate to now in terms of my future. Living in the West aspiring to settle here worked well with how Miriam Kagan went back to her law career after having kids or even how Emily feared having children with Miles.
Characters that speak to you
I was really afraid first that the book was not going to be the same without a major role of Andy – after all the series is all about her journey. But a chapter or so in the book I realized it was not the case. Weisberger could make you fall in love with the supporting characters as well as she did with Andy because she created them believably. In fact, maybe I was only hesitant because I did not give Emily enough credit for being a strong, independent and fierce in her own way – different from Andy, but still the same!
I did not miss Andy for a second. In fact, Emily and her new friend’s journey made me realize how little we knew about Emily’s world and this was a breath of fresh air. It was wise to explore Emily and create something out of it than make it boring with a dragging storyline about Andy.
The different couple dynamics portrayed were also intriguing as it made you realize what each one could or couldn’t do to help their marriage. It reflected Weisberger’s narrative was growing with its characters. The modern marriage dynamic of working couples and stay-at-home moms is also interesting and reflects a natural progression from the 20s lifestyle shown in the first novel.
Words that flow
I am no expert at writing but a reader knows when the writing flows. Weisberger’s books have this flow that draw in the reader. Given that I have read her books at a certain age the casual tone and choice of words speaks to me yet doesnt betray the voice of the characters.
It took me longer than I’d like to finish When Life Gives You Lululemons but only because I wasnt on schedule. The book was definitely a page-turner and thought-provoking at the same time.
Cant wait for the next one by Lauren!
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