The Wives by Lauren Weisberger
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Published on 12th July 2018
I received a complementary copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Wives picks up the story of Emily Charlton, the infamous and insufferable Senior Assistant in The Devil Wears Prada, only it’s a good few years later. Emily now works for herself, helping celebrities out of crisis, and has completely left Runway behind. Unfortunately, her business is suffering, but when she meets Karolina Hartwell through a mutual friend, Miriam Kagan, Emily can sense that this is the job she needs to spark up her career again. Karolina’s life has gone to shambles after being wrongly accused of drunk driving and her husband (a very notorious US senator) dumped her on national TV. So, with Emily and Miriam’s help, she is preparing to take her revenge.
The first thing I have to say is that I usually never read chick lit, because it bores me to death. But considering this book was written by the author of The Devil Wears Prada (I’ve actually never read the book but loooved the film), I thought I would give it a try! And I was pleasantly surprised! I mean, it’s not a page-turner per say, but it’s very well written and the plot is intriguing.
The story is very glamorous. All three main characters are quite wealthy and because of that I almost felt at times like I was watching an episode of The Real Housewives. And the famous Miranda Priestly even makes an appearance!
I love Emily’s character, she is a very badass woman who doesn’t take shit from anyone (and accurately describes herself as ‘bitchy’). Miriam and Karolina are also very lovable as they are so relatable (especially Miriam who will regularly try to get into exercising then immediately ruins it by eating a stack of pancakes after a work out, which is something I know I would do.)
The three main characters are strong female characters, and even though their confidence will get knocked down every so often by their husbands, friends or colleagues, they get back up every single time and take back the reins of their life.
What struck me the most about this book is how well it depicts female friendship, and what women are capable of when they work together rather than against each other. It is a beautiful tale of three friends who will do whatever it takes to put things to right, all while having fun. The book might be presented as a story of three wives plotting revenge against their husbands, but I personally felt like the message inside it is more than just that: it is that women are unstoppable when they come together and that they can achieve anything.
I will admit that I did enjoy it (if anything, as a guilty pleasure type of reading) and it did make me want to invite my girl friends around for some wine and chit chat!
So, not my usual type of book but then again, I have said before that I don’t want to restrict myself to the same genre over and over. I’m lucky enough that NetGalley has plenty of amazing books so I want to make the most of the opportunity and read things that are different to what I am used to, and will make me step out of my comfort zone. Now I’m not saying I’m going to start reading chick lit all the time, but once in a while it’s good to change things up and give something else a chance.
What about you, have you read The Wives? Or any of Lauren Weisberger’s other books? Is chick lit your thing? Let me know in the comments!