Three Books for Perfect Summer Reading
The idea of summer reading brings to mind engaging, entertaining stories with vibrant characters that allow for a little wiggle room...like during those times when you'd like to read something that doesn't require an exorbitant amount of brain power and you can leave the heavy lifting for another occasion. These three novels, while distinct from one another, all fit the bill and will make excellent companions wherever you find yourself over the next couple of months.
When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger - Instead of reading The Devil Wears Prada (one of my all-time favorites!) for the hundredth time this summer, try Weisberger's latest installment! We get the chance to catch up with our favorite snarky first assistant, Emily Charlton; she has moved on from her adventures with Miranda at Runway build a career as a fixer for Hollywood's elite. When she finds herself in a tough spot with a high-profile supermodel she'll use her resources, and relationship with Miranda, to form a solid team and leave you laughing out loud.
The Ever After by Sarah Pekkanen - Woman finds strange message on husband's phone, does a little digging, finds out husband is having an affair...wait, what's that? This doesn't sound like a fun summer read? What I enjoyed about The Ever After, and what makes it worth reading, is that Pekkanen does an excellent job of weaving a story around an all-too-familiar tale; each character involved is forced to do some tough self-examination. This one turns out to be a very thoughtful and quick-reading novel, from a talented author, without the heft that will derail your sunshine time.
How Hard Can It Be by Allison Pearson - Seven years have passed since London financial executive Kate Reddy attempted to maintain the perfect balance between work and home in Pearson's I Don't Know How She Does It; unfortunately, nearing 50, Kate discovers that the job market does not favor those with "experience" and she finds herself desperately trying to fit in. Thanks to her "returners" support group, and other hilarious anecdotes, I found myself laughing out loud on multiple occasions in this highly relatable follow up; don't worry, you need not have read her previous novel to fully enjoy this one.
Thank you to the following publishers for gifting me with copies of the aforementioned titles: Simon & Schuster (When Life Gives You Lululemons); Atria/Washington Square Press (The Ever After); and St. Martin's Press (How Hard Can It Be?).