London: Have you ever wondered what would happen if your significant other became famous? That`s what happens in Lauren Weisberger`s latest book, ‘Last Night at Chateau Marmont.’
The story follows a nutritionist named Brooke who has spent five years of marriage supporting her struggling musician-husband, Julian. Brooke has worked two jobs and faithfully attends all of Julian`s performances.
He finally gets a big break: a record deal and a booking on ‘The Tonight Show.’ Julian suddenly becomes an "It" guy in the music world. He`s got a publicist, wears expensive clothes and has the paparazzi following his every move.
Brooke, like many people, has a healthy appetite for Hollywood gossip. She subscribes to a popular celebrity magazine that she reads to escape her everyday life. She begins to realize how harmful these magazines can be when stories about her married life with Julian — stories that are often exaggerated and cruel — are written up in these publications.
As Julian becomes more famous, Brooke desperately wants to maintain a normal life. She wants to keep working and perhaps move to Brooklyn. Julian would rather she quit her job, and they move to a multimillion-dollar apartment in New York`s TriBeCa neighborhood.
But Julian is never home. He`s always flying to one place or another, performing and frequenting celeb hotspots like the Chateau Marmont on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.
It`s not difficult to guess what happens to their relationship, but it`s the details of the story that keep this novel interesting.
Weisberger has written books about the girl next door who ends up in a VIP world, whether it`s at a high fashion magazine in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ or in public relations in ‘Everyone Worth Knowing.’
If you like reading tabloid magazines, tracking the latest celebrity hookups, or are a fan of Weisberger`s books, then ‘Last Night at Chateau Marmont’ is the book for you.