Greenwich, Conn., is a place where social and financial status are the important things in life. Children attend birthday parties where leather jackets are given as favors. Large families are a sign of wealth: Having many children implies the ability to hire multiple nannies. The women have traded in their careers for bottomless mimosa brunches mid-week, and all of them have had plastic surgery in the hopes of “keeping their husbands interested.”
When Life Gives You Lululemons is a guilty pleasure and a fun summer read for fans of the “Real Housewives” franchises who might also appreciate a sprinkling of social critique.
Weisberger’s book chronicles the friendship and loyalty of women in the midst of major life changes, such as imploding marriages and career slumps. This is the book’s heart, even as it is surrounded by gossip, profanity, casual sex and over the top parties.
When Life Gives You Lululemons is a guilty pleasure and a fun summer read for fans of the “Real Housewives” franchises who might also appreciate a sprinkling of social critique—though it is only a sprinkling. The central characters are aware that much of life in Greenwich is not normal and it may be giving their children unrealistic expectations and warped values. But the book falls short by presenting lives of incredible luxury as typical even as it pokes fun at the absurdly wealthy.