Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger
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Brooke loved reading the dishy celebrity gossip rag Last Night. That is, until her marriage became a weekly headline.

Brooke was drawn to the soulful, enigmatic Julian Alter the very first time she heard him perform “Hallelujah” at a dark East Village dive bar.

Now five years married, Brooke balances two jobs—as a nutritionist at NYU Hospital and as a consultant to an Upper East Side girls’ school, where privilege gone wrong and disordered eating run rampant—in order to help support her husband’s dream of making it in the music world.

Things are looking up when after years of playing Manhattan clubs and toiling as an A&R intern, Julian finally gets signed by Sony. Although no one’s promising that the album will ever hit the airwaves, Julian is still dedicated to logging in long hours at the recording studio. All that changes after Julian is asked to perform on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno—and is catapulted to stardom, literally overnight. Amazing opportunities begin popping up almost daily—a new designer wardrobe, a tour with Maroon 5, even a Grammy performance.

At first the newfound fame is fun—who wouldn’t want to stay at the Chateau Marmont or visit the set of one of television’s hottest shows? Yet it seems that Brooke’s sweet husband—the man who can’t handle hot showers and wears socks to bed—is increasingly absent, even on those rare nights they’re home together. When rumors about Brooke and Julian swirl in the tabloid magazines, she begins to question the truth of her marriage and is forced to finally come to terms with what she thinks she wants—and what she actually needs.
 

About Lauren Weisberger

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Lauren Weisberger’s first novel, The Devil Wears Prada, spent more than a year on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. The film version, starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, won a Golden Globe Award and grossed more than $300 million worldwide. Her second novel, Everyone Worth Knowing, was also a New York Times bestseller.
 
Published August 17, 2010 by Atria Books. 388 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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The novel has difficulty convincing the reader that any sane woman would behave as Brooke does—refusing to take a sabbatical from her 60-hour work week, passing on a romantic Italian vacation, stubbornly refusing to live it up with her husband.

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Weisberger reveals that “alone” for Julian is without Brooke in the Chateau Marmont bar surrounded by an entourage of starlets, and “alone” for Brooke is home with the couple’s dog.

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Entertainment Weekly

In the latest breezy read from Lauren Weisberger (The Devil Wears Prada), nutritionist Brooke works two jobs to support her husband, Julian, a singer-songwriter who's never worn anything but a white T-shirt, knit cap, and sheepish grin that reduces women to drooling fangirls.

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USA Today

We see Brooke laid bare by anonymously sourced tabloid stories (particularly in the glossy weekly Last Night ) and left bewildered by compromising paparazzi shots of her husband surrounded by literal hangers-on.

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Chick Lit Central

I can definitely sympathize with Navid, and he isn't even followed by paparazzi the way Brooke Alter, Lauren Weisberger's latest heroine, is after her husband's similar rise to stardom.

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Metro

Lauren Weisberger became an overnight publishing sensation in 2003 with debut novel The Devil Wears Prada, a fictionalised account of how miserable she was when she landed a job at one of the world’s best-known publications.

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Cairo 360

Though the lesson behind the story is a little in-your-face and the author repeats some of her favourite witty expressions a little too frequently, Last Night at Château Marmont is a nice way to pass the time if you’re into romantic comedies.

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