Good Reads: Spring 2020

Posted by Courtney Frye on

You should know that I total judge a book by the cover. And when I spotted this hardback novel for $3.99 at an Ollie's Discount Warehouse {which, by the way, is the best place to score novels at a deep discount} I put it in my cart with hopes of reading it... one day. I'll spare you the details of how long it rode around in my trunk before I cracked the spine but let's just say that February 2020 was when this book finally saw the light of day.

What intrigued me the most about this cover and title was that one l-o-n-g word : Lululemons. For those that don't know the brand, allow me to educate you. It's a company known mostly for their over-priced yoga gear and as someone who wears yoga pants strictly for recreation and lounging, I can't quite understand what makes women want to spend $118 on a pair of yoga pants. If they'll suck me in like Spanx, I could be tempted. - I digress.

The other leading factor for this novel was the author, Lauren Weisberger. She's best known for her novel turned movie The Devil Wears Prada. In full disclosure, I didn't read that novel and only watched it on the big screen. Perhaps if I had read it, I might not have picked up When Life Gives you Lululemons and here's why... 

The language! Call me old fashion but frequent curse words are simply not necessary to make your point. Having just come off of reading a completely great, and clean book, The Good Neighbor, the foul language hit me hard and fast with the first page of Lauren's novel.

Aside from the language, and super descriptive paragraphs about vaginal plastic surgeries we women didn't even know we needed, it has a good story. 

Lauren introduces you two three rock star women in various stages of their careers and marriages and the one woman that binds the three together. There's Koralina, the former model turned Senator's wife who was framed with a DUI by her political power-hungry soon-to-be ex husband. Next up is Emily, the California queen of celebrity PR who's career is going down the drain one A-list client at a time. Finally, there's Miriam, the former partner at a prestigious Manhattan law firm who traded her 80-hour work weeks for life in the burbs known as Greenwich, Connecticut. 

These three women find themselves all in the same suburban town picking up the pieces of a failed marriage, a failing career and the lies we sometimes fabricate as a form of denial. Half way through the novel, when you see them all start to turn the corner, you can't help but root for all of them to come out on top.

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  • Agreed! There were parts that were unnecessary, especially the surgeries you mentioned, but I did find myself rooting for them!

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