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Last Night at Chateau Marmont: A Novel Hardcover – August 17, 2010

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Brooke and Julian Alter are a happy couple--she's a nutritionist working two jobs to support them, he's a talented musician with a low-level recording contract--but when Julian hits it big in The Devil Wears Prada author Weisberger's not-ready-for-prime-time latest, their marriage wobbles under the strain of fame. Suddenly Julian is traveling nonstop, a pawn of his manager and publicist, and Brooke tries to balance her career with her desire to back him up. Paparazzi stalk their every move (believable in his case, less so in hers); her job is threatened by her repeated absences to attend events like Julian's Grammy appearance; and their shared giddiness dissipates as they are divided--physically and emotionally--as a couple. It takes many dozens of pages and a number of by-the-way announcements that might have ratcheted up the tension if they'd been part of the story to get Brooke and Julian into a crisis, unsurprising though that crisis may be. Weisberger has insightful takes about the price of success in our celebrity-obsessed culture, but Brooke and Julian hew too closely to type to make their struggles sympathetic.
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In her fourth novel, the incisive, trend-focused author of The Devil Wears Prada (2003) explores the effect of fame on a young married couple. When Brooke first comes across singer Julian in a dive in Manhattan, she’s entranced by his voice. She starts to attend his weekly shows until a mediocre blind date leads to an unexpected meeting. It isn’t long before the two fall in love and marry. Brooke, a nutritionist with aspirations of starting her own company, works two jobs to support Julian’s musical ambitions, which pays off when he lands a recording contract. The record label sets up a showcase just before the album’s release, and Julian’s performance attracts the attention of a scout for Jay Leno, who invites Julian to play on his show. That performance turns Julian into an overnight sensation, but both he and Brooke find themselves wholly unprepared for superstardom, which includes stalking paparazzi, tabloid smear articles, and flirtatious fame seekers. An absorbing, thoroughly entertaining read about the ins and outs and ups and downs of life as a celebrity. --Kristine Huntley

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 1st edition (August 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439136610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439136614
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Holly TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My experience with this particular author is that I read "The Devil Wears Prada" quite a while ago and loved it from beginning to end. "Everyone Worth Knowing" felt like a retread to me and the enjoyment level dipped. The reviews were so negative about "Chasing Harry Winston" that I didn't even borrow it from the library. I am not sure what inspired me to pick this novel up, but I think I was in the frame of mind where I was looking for another TDWP-type book, so I went back to the source.

Brooke and Julian and are a Manhattan couple who dated for two years and have been married for five. She is a nutritionist working two jobs (totally 60 hours a week, minimum) to support the dreams of her talented, musician husband. When Sony comes to him with a recording contract and his career begins to take off (or maybe a better word would be skyrocket), the stresses and strains on the relationship quickly become apparent. Brooke has worked long and hard to develop her career and is trying to juggle the life she has created with the new reality of a husband who is never home, never knows where he is going to be, and becomes the center of a "machine" which makes him into a product to sell rather than the husband she loves.

The story really centers around Brooke and it is her skin we are living in. Julian is more absent than present through much of the story and we really only know what he is thinking and feeling by his conversations with Brooke. While much of the turmoil may have been able to be anticipated, the reality is much more intense and everything happens to quickly that they really don't have time to prepare.
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Format: Hardcover
Basic premise is: Lounge singer husband of ordinary young married NY couple (Julian and Brooke) gets discovered and goes big time; couple struggles with sudden fame and loss of ordinary status quo and the imbalance between his changing idea of lifetyle/career/relationship and her expectation that they should remain "normal."

Although I knew going in that this book was going to be a pretty light read, I still found some of the plot lines a little too much to swallow. Brooke blithely sends Julian off to become a major rock star while she putters around their NY apartment with the dog. Brooke nags Julian endlessly about how he's never home any more but then refuses to quit either of her part-time jobs when he asks her to in order for them to spend more time together. Brooke agonizes incessantly about Julian being around beautiful sexy young women, but makes excuses for her own weight gain and never seems willing to wear anything but sweat suits. Brooke pouts that Julian never takes her anywhere and then is miserable when she is expected to attend any of his entertainment-world social functions. By the last hundred pages, I just wanted the whining to end and didn't really care whether or not the marriage could or would be saved.

Not a total waste of time, but keep your expectations low.
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Here is a quick rundown of what's wrong with this book:

1 .The writing is corny and simplistic. The editing was lacking too, as mentioned before there was an obvious error with the time difference between the east and west coast. I noticed it right away and I am not even from the United States.

2. Brooke is unlikeable. For years she works 2 jobs to support Julian. To our understanding she does so until he makes it because they need the money. So why is she complaining when he asks her to take a break? Isn't that what she was expecting? She complains that she never sees him anymore, well she married a musician, what did she think was going to happen? And what's wrong with taking a break and following your husband around? Why is he the one having to make sacrifices to see her? And seriously, who wouldn't say yes to taking a break from work to accompany their husband in glamorous locations around the world.

3. Because it's hard to like her, the author throws a semi cheating plot towards the end of the book to give readers an opportunity to really feel sorry for her. But then she avoids confrontation and decides to complain a lot more without even looking at the incriminating photos first. What??

4. The Nola character: it's hard to understand why Nola is such a loyal friend to Brooke. Brooke doesn't bring anything to their friendship except complains about her situation: even worse, a situation she is aware Nola is jealous of. Their friendship is not realistic and brings absolutely nothing to the book.

5. All of the characters lack depth. Give more relatable background information on your characters and people will like them. The author gives background information which has nothing to do with the present plot.
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The book sounded and started out interesting the first several chapters then it just slacked off. I got a little more than half way through it and then gave up on it. Once Julian does start to get recognition and his career takes off then it just gets dull. Brooke whines and complains about Julians career and how its affecting their lives. Blah blah blah. I also got tired of the name brand products and names of famous people being mentioned. This book is going to be totally dated in 5 plus years. I dont normally read books like this and dont think I want to read another one like it.
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