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Last Night at Chateau Marmont

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  23,055 ratings  ·  1,031 reviews
Two college sweethearts are living a happy, rather ordinary life in New York but there's a slight twist - she's the breadwinner, supporting her musician boyfriend. Until the tables are turned when he's discovered by a Sony exec and their worlds are turned upside down. Soon they are holidaying in the Hamptons, adorning the cover of Vanity Fair and attending every glitzy par ...more
Kindle Edition, 388 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2010)
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Andreea
I remember liking The Devil Wears Prada when I read it a few years ago. So, finding myself in the airport and in need of a book for the plane I picked this one up, thinking it would be an OK chick flick. I usually don't have that high expectations from a chick flick, but this really disappointed me.
To begin with, the plot is not that bad. But it is also predictable and the path things are going is is not hard to foresee from the first chapters. There's Brooke, a nutritionist and her rockstar wa
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Liviania
If you've read a book by Lauren Weisberger before, you know the basics of the experience. It will be set in New York; it will deal with the difficulty of balancing careers and personal lives. Her books also have a nice authoritative tone - you feel like you're getting real dish.

Right now HBO is developing a miniseries about the history of Chateau Marmont. For those who haven't heard of it - I hadn't before Weisberger's LAST NIGHT AT CHATEAU MARMONT - it is a hotel that has been hosting celebriti
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Samantha Janning
When I was asked to review Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger, I jumped at the chance. Who didn’t love The Devil Wears Prada? And I’m happy to report this book was just as great. The story follows happily married couple Julian and Brooke Alter. Brooke is working two jobs with the goal of starting her own nutrition business, and Julian is a struggling singer-songwriter hoping to hit it big. The couple’s world is rocked when Julian snags the attention of Hollywood big-wigs, and ove ...more
Agi
I loved "The Devil wears Prada". I liked "Everyone worth knowing". I have never came to the end of "Chasing Harry Winston", actually I have ended reading it after 1/4. "Last Night at Chateau Marmont"... The first half of this book was pretty slow for me. Just later, almost at the end, the book started to interest me and I wanted to know whathappened next. Although it was very predictable as well. IMHO, Lauren didn't have an idea what to do with the characters and how to build the tension. Dissap ...more
Rosanne
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Love Fool
Heartbreak, headlines and Hermes – welcome to Brooke's new world…

Brooke and Julian live a happy life in New York – she's the breadwinner working two jobs and he's the struggling musician husband. Then Julian is discovered by a Sony exec and becomes an overnight success – and their life changes for ever.

I wasn't excited to read this after seeing the rating but I'm a Lauren Weisberger fan and being a fan means reading every book they have written... and I'm glad I did. This book was surprisingly e
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Rebecca Scaglione
I am being completely honest when I say that I am not a huge fan of girlie books or movies. For instance, I’ve only seen one episode of “Sex and the City” and I wasn’t sure what the fuss was all about. This is probably why I don’t normally pick up books that are classified as chick lit.

One of my friends, Meri, recommended that I read “Last Night at Chateau Marmont” by Lauren Weisberger. She assured me that I’d enjoy it, and since Lauren Weisberger also wrote “The Devil Wears Prada” and I enjoyed
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Swissmiss
What I liked about this book:

- The characters. They were easily identifiable and unique, albeit sometimes stereotypical or tending to caricature (the wild and crazy best friend, the sleazy manager, the snobbish in-laws). Still, I enjoyed each one's appearance, and any one of them could have carried a scene by themselves.

- The dialogue. It read realistically, and each character had a distinct voice. There was an appropriate balance between humor, politeness, and the kinds of off-handed comments
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Tiffany
ISBN: 978-1-4391-3661-4
Publisher: Atria Books
Release date: 8/17/2010
Reviewed for http://acozyreaderscorner.blogspot.com

Wonderfully Addicting!

After five years of marriage Brook and Julian’s lives are catapulted into the spotlight of fame. Julian, a musician, catches his break and is quickly made into one of the most famous rock stars. Brooke, after working two jobs to help get Julian to this point, is in awe and amazement and couldn’t be more proud of her husband. Then the publicity hits, the con
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Chelsey
I found the first chapter was hard to get into.
But, it really picked up after that. I totally got swept away by the story. The characters seemed alive to me, and I was very invested in knowing how it all worked out.
I could empathize with Brooke. The author did an incredible job of making her characters and their lives seem very believable (even though the idea of your husband becoming a rock start is pure fantasy! ha ha).

While I loved Brooke and Julian, I also enjoyed Nola. I wish she was my
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Kaitlyn Barrett
Average NYC couple Brooke and Julian get thrown into the gossip rags when Julian finally breaks through and makes it big as a musician. Will their marriage survive his fame? Will he change too much for her to endure? Will she be able to fend off the soul stealing trappings of celebrity enough to continue her very average job as a nutritionist???

I loved Devil Wears Prada and Chasing Harry Winston and I thought this book was awful. Makes me sad.

I don't buy the speed with which Julian becomes famo
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Shea
The first half of this book was pretty slow for me. It wasn’t until the last 150 pages or so when I didn’t want to put it down because I wanted to see what happened next. I felt like the exposition/buildup was way more than necessary, but I guess it was good in that it developed the characters pretty well.

I felt like (in my mind at least) there was a lot of buildup as to who was giving the tabs all their information/Brooke’s cell number. Because of that I kind of felt let down when you found out
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Divas BookBlog
Imagine this: You get a call from your mom, telling you she has a surprise for you. And you start getting excited because surprises are rare at your age and youre dying to find out what it is your mother has for you. Once your mother arrives all you want to do it rip her purse off her shoulder ( since you see nothing in her hands ) and search for your damn gift. But....you keep calm and wait patiently for your mother to hand it over. Your blood starts pumping and you all of the sudden start to s ...more
Bette
Ok, so from reading other reviews of this book, and having enjoyed reading The Devil Wears Prada but disliking Chasing Harry Winston I was torn about reading this book. So I was glad that I spotted it at my local library and decided I would test run it before seeing if I wanted to add it to my Lauren Weisberger collection.

I found the book incredibly easy to get into, I found the lead character Brooke a bit predictable but I found myself easily relating to her and imagining myself in her world.
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Dana Kenedy
Compared to Chasing Harry Winston, Last Night at Chateau Marmont is a masterpiece. However, as just another chick-lit novel, it’s decent.

If I hated CHW book so much, why would I pick up another book by the same author? I suppose it’s my weak spot for musicians? Or the plot seemed a little bit more interesting? To be honest, I have no idea why I picked this up, but I’m not entirely regretting it.

Lauren Weisberger seemed to learn a bit more about characterization since she wrote CHW. I actually ha
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Wendy
I give this book 3 and a half stars. It wasn't a bad story but I just couldn't connect to the characters like I wanted to. This is another book that I normally wouldn't have picked up to read and the reason I did was because it was this month's book for my monthly book club. After reading some of the other reviews I gather that either most people loved it or hated it.
Lisa
I can't believe this is from the same author as The Devil Wears Prada because it's SO bad. The dialogue is bad, the characters are weak, Brooke never confronts Julien about any of the things that really matter and just falls back into his arms on the pretense that he'd do the right thing. And The fact that this soulful's singer #1 hit is about his baby brother he never knew who died from SIDS, 30 some odd years prior is ridiculous and sounds like Weisberger is working out her own issues. That's ...more
Marie
I bought this book on a whim and I must say that at first, I really didn't like it too much. It wasn't until the shit hit the fan for good in the story that I finally found myself interested and then I tore through the thing within two days (I've actually read a couple of books between starting this one and finishing it).

So, despite the controversial options on Last Night, it's a really good story. Lots of drama, lots of things happening, lots of opportunities to curse at the characters and I fo
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Susan Gottfried
Originally posted at http://rockread.westofmars.com

I am not sure I knew Last Night at Chateau Marmont fell squarely into the category of Rock and Roll Fiction until a copy arrived from BookMooch and I read the cover flap. It’s the story of Brooke Alter and what happens to her when her husband lands a recording deal and becomes music’s new darling.

Okay, so it’s about Julian as he becomes a mega-star. That qualifies for rock and roll fiction, right? Even if Julian isn’t a rocker as much as a pop m
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Cheryl
I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though there are some glaring problems with it.

My first is just nit-picking but it really annoyed me to the point I had to re-read the first chapter again as I couldn't take much in:
page 2: "Brooke had nothing but a tiny (and admittedly cute) silver clutch to sheild herself from the onslaught." (It was raining)
page 5: " ... Brooke asked as she arranged her coat on the chair next to her and tossed her dripping umbrella underneath the table."
Now, I know it's not
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Misha
I usually do not read or even like books involving celebrities or having Hollywood as the backdrop. The only exceptions are The Devil Wears Prada (which I enjoyed enormously) and Everyone Worth Knowing (which was hugely disappointing) - both by Lauren Weisberger. However, I was not expecting to like Last Night at Chateau Marmont much. But it surprised me. It turned out to be more than a "chick-lit". Like The Devil Wears Prada , it's humorous, witty and enjoyable ; at the same time , it is about ...more
Sheela
What a disappointing return of Lauren Weisberger. She's one of my favorite chick-lit authors (...or dare I say one of my favorite authors, period?). She has a way of writing that's neither cliche or predictable, and she always depicts her characters as realistic, relatable, and authentic. But, this book was all sorts of wrong. First off, how many times can you write, "Brooke wanted to say..." or "Brooke was thinking, but never could come up with the words..." or "Brooke thought to herself, but w ...more
Sam Still Reading
Oct 09, 2010 Sam Still Reading rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chick lit fanciers
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: read other books by the same author
Lauren Weisberger is one of the queens of chick lit- her first novel, The Devil Wears Prada, was a huge success and lead to a movie of the same name. Ever since then, she’s been trying to recapture the same Prada magic. Everyone Worth Knowing was good, Chasing Harry Winston I enjoyed (even if a lot of others didn’t) and now there’s Last Night at Chateau Marmont, which I bought without knowing a single detail of the plot.

I thought this book would be about celebrities, wild parties and shopping in
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Stacy
I really enjoyed Last Night at Chateau Marmont and gave it five stars. I've read all of Lauren Weisberger's books and found this one to be much more compelling and substantial than her other books. Once the action in the book began (after Brooke and Julian met), I couldn't wait to find out what happened next, and how the characters would react.

At the beginning of the book, I didn't forsee how much I would like the main characters. There were a few things Brooke put up with that I wouldn't have
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Eva
This book was okay. It wasn't as great as I thought it would be. I thought Julian was a very self-centered guy, thinking whatever he did was more important than Brooke's job. It really seemed as if he was having an affair too, although he claimed he wasn't.

Nola was funny, but she could have appeared a bit more. I didn't like all the name-dropping. Like the book made this big deal about Brooke going to Kirsten Stewart's birthday party. Now I am an Anti-Twilight Fan, so maybe that's why it bugged
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Limonessa
If I ever wished one day for a spot in the limelight this book made me rethink it all.
I had to categorize under chick lit but i can't say i found this book very entertaining. It's pretty sad actually and it deals with the struggles of this couple to stay together after Julian, the husband, becomes a celebrity almost overnight and is swept away from home and from Brooke by fame, tours, gigs, parties and photoshoots.
I found the ending was a bit too hopeful given the premises but all in all a nice
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Fischwife
This book reminded me of why I don't often read Chick Lit. I must be missing part of the x chromosome that is supposed to find this stuff interesting.

I loathed the main character; she is so whiny and childish. Brooke acts more like a teenaged girl than a grown woman. Perhaps if the author had spent more time establishing her credibility--demonstrating her to be a level-headed, mature, and loving person--then she may have been a more sympathetic character. However, I found myself almost rooting f
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Malin
While I’m no connoisseur of chick lit, I don’t mind the occasional trashy beach read, as long as it’s somewhat well-written and has that addictive quality that makes you want to miss your subway stop on your way to work and just keep reading all day.

I had high-ish hopes for this book and figured it would be a decent read for my commute, especially since I remembered enjoying Lauren Weisberger’s first novel, The Devil Wears Prada, back in the day. On the contrary, Last Night turned out to be one
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Melissa
I think this is probably her best since Devil Wears Prada. I found myself getting angry as if it was happening to me rather than a character in a book. That said, most of the time I was so frustrated because the couple never discussed their problems. She never sat him down and made him listen to her and understand her. Maybe I was supposed to pick up on a cue that there was never time for that, but if it were me, I would have made it happen.
HiphopQuyn
Either my tolerance for trashy chick lit has expired or this was a really bad one. Maybe a little bit of both. Poor main character goes through hard times as her husband becomes a famous rock star. Unlike in books by some of the better writers in this genre, absolutely nothing happens, and there aren't even descriptions of fabulous Manhattan meals, parties, and clothes to distract you from that fact. A complete waste of time.
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Lauren Weisberger was born March 28, 1977, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, a locale recently made even more chic, if possible, by The Office. She was joined four years later by sister Dana, a.k.a. The Family Favorite, and moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania, at age eleven. At Parkland High School, Lauren participated in all sorts of projects, activities, and organizations for the sole purpose of padding h ...more
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