When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger
Simon Schuster, 2018
Welcome to Greenwich, CT, where the lawns and the women are perfectly manicured, the Tito’s and sodas are extra strong, and everyone has something to say about the infamous new neighbor.
Let’s be clear: Emily Charlton, Miranda Priestly’s ex-assistant, does not do the suburbs. She’s working in Hollywood as an image consultant to the stars, but recently, Emily’s lost a few clients. She’s hopeless with social media. The new guard is nipping at her heels. She needs a big opportunity, and she needs it now.
Karolina Hartwell is as A-list as they come. She’s the former face of L’Oreal. A mega-supermodel recognized the world over. And now, the gorgeous wife of the newly elected senator from New York, Graham, who also has his eye on the presidency. It’s all very Kennedy-esque, right down to the public philandering and Karolina’s arrest for a DUI—with a Suburban full of other people’s children.
Miriam is the link between them. Until recently she was a partner at one of Manhattan’s most prestigious law firms. But when Miriam moves to Greenwich and takes time off to spend with her children, she never could have predicted that being stay-at-home mom in an uber-wealthy town could have more pitfalls than a stressful legal career.
Emily, Karolina, and Miriam make an unlikely trio, but they desperately need each other. Together, they’ll navigate the social landmines of life in America’s favorite suburb on steroids, revealing the truths—and the lies—that simmer just below the glittering surface.
(Synopsis from GoodReads.com)
This was the book I NEEDED. I’ve been reading very complex, mysterious/thrilling, dark reads lately, but I needed a light and fun read, and this book delivered. I have never read The Devil Wears Prada, but definitely saw the movie, and I pictured Emily and Miranda exactly how they were portrayed in the film.
The book has unexpected twists and turns, and also has new and lovable characters that are easy to sympathize with and cheer on. The book screams “GIRL POWER” through the ladies’ friendships, support for one another, and being able to juggle a million things at once and still end up successful.
The characters are so real; they struggle with body image, relationship insecurities, and jealousy. They are also working and loving mothers. It’s a great read and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for something funny, flirty, and captivating.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Simon and Schuster, 2014
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.
(Synopsis from Goodreads.com)
Of course I had to read this book. I saw the movie and LOVED it, so I had to pick up the book and read it (ALSO, did you know it’s a TRILOGY?!).
The book is quite different from the movie, which is why I really enjoyed it. Certain scenarios in the book happened differently in the movie; Lara Jean interacts with certain people more in the book than in the movie; It was almost as if I was reading a different story at some points, and I loved it. It was great to dive deeper into Lara Jean’s head and her feelings. Of course, when you watch a film, things are cut out and you don’t understand the character as well as you do in a book.
I also missed reading a YAF book. I forgot how giddy they make me feel, so it was such a nostalgic experience almost while I read this novel. If you’re curious about her true thoughts and feelings for Josh Sanderson and Peter Kavinsky, give this book a read. I’ll also be reading the next two for sure!
A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell
Harper and Row, 2017
It starts with a simple favor—an ordinary kindness mothers do for one another. When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son Nicky after school, she happily says yes. Nicky and her son, Miles, are classmates and best friends, and the five-year-olds love being together—just like she and Emily. A widow and stay-at-home mommy blogger living in woodsy suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a sophisticated PR executive whose job in Manhattan demands so much of her time.
But Emily doesn’t come back. She doesn’t answer calls or return texts. Stephanie knows something is terribly wrong—Emily would never leave Nicky, no matter what the police say. Terrified, she reaches out to her blog readers for help. She also reaches out to Emily’s husband, the handsome, reticent Sean, offering emotional support. It’s the least she can do for her best friend. Then, she and Sean receive shocking news. Emily is dead. The nightmare of her disappearance is over.
Or is it? Because soon, Stephanie will begin to see that nothing—not friendship, love, or even an ordinary favor—is as simple as it seems.
(Synopsis from Goodreads.com)
This book is different, and not what I was expecting. To be completely honest, I found the ending to be a little anticlimactic, however, I did find the entire book thrilling and addicting to read. I purchased this book on a Thursday and finished it on the following Sunday night. In other words, definitely a great read.
A Simple Favor is mysterious and it reminds me a little bit of Gone Girl. Someone goes missing and the town goes searching for a woman who is well-liked and respected by others. There is a huge twist within the novel that I don’t want to give away, but it will seriously make you reconsider sharing your deepest and darkest secrets with other people.
As you continue reading the book, more and more secrets unfold and you start to rethink who you believe is guilty and who is innocent. I just love books that make you question the ending and everything you thought up to certain points. If you’re interested in reading a thriller with a twist, then give A Simple Favor a shot!