Saturday, July 16, 2011

On My Nightstand - Last Night at Chateau Marmont

Last Night at Chateau Marmont - By Laren Weisberger

On the back cover:
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 girl’s 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 as 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 are nights they’re home together.  When rumours 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 things she wants – and what she actually needs.

My thoughts:
I liked this book.  It has been a while since I read a “chick-lit” book.  I like to read these every now and again to help break up some of the deeper / heavier reading I also do.
As much as I did like the book, I have to be honest, the main character, Brooke, bugged me.  I did not understand why she did not communicate with her husband as to how she was feeling too.
I am a huge believer in an equal partnership, that means working together to get the accomplishments, but also helping each other achieve their personal goals.  Maybe it is just me, but I would be telling my hubby exactly what I thought and felt along the way.
My rating: 3 out of 5.

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