lundi 30 août 2010

Last Night at Chateau Marmont, by Lauren Weisberger

The author of The Devil Wears Prada latest book takes us into the life of Brooke Alter, Nutritionist and wife of Julian Alter an aspiring music star. We follow her as she attempts to deal with her husbands no found fame and lifestyle. We struggle with her through scheduling problems and gossip. But what happens when the gossip turns out to be partially true? How does one deal with these sorts of things?

I like the story because I could relate to it. How do you deal with your spouses instant stardom? Is it possible to keep your job and support your husband, and share in the whole experience? It also makes us think twice before looking at celebraties and thinking they have it good.

I generally found the book to be well writen. Weisberger's description of the caracters is clear, light and profound at the same time. We easily get sucked in to the story... up to a point. I say that because, there were some moments where I thought that she spent a little bit too much time describing Brookes time at work. I know that this was so we understand how devoted she is to her work and everything, but I still think it was a little bit too much.

Also, this book's rythm is not the same as Weisberger's others. It's much slower and there is less edge to the caracters and the story (which I really loved of her other work). That being said, I love the time I spent with Brooke and was always entousiatic when I opened the book.

My general rating : 3,5 /5

jeudi 5 août 2010

La vie en grosse de Mélissa Perron, aux Éditions De Mortagne

Ce sera un court billet, tout comme le livre est court (174 pages).

Ce premier livre de Mélissa Perron est un tout petit roman qui est frais, pimpant, tout en humour. On y suit Rose qui nous relate la réalité de toute fille qui a un surplus de poids... bien présent. En fait, on ne parle pas ici de 10-15 ou 20 livres en trop, alors les filles qui se croient grosses à 130, 140 et même 150 lbs, vous pouvez toujours vous prendre une part de gâteau parce qu'on ne parle pas de vous! On parle de la vraie obèse, là, l'obèse affirmée, solide, la sérieuse, pas celle qui fait juste frôler l'IMC de 25! Perron nous fait vivre les péripéties de Rose en passant par la robe de demoiselle d'honneur, à la «cruise», en passant par le costume de bain et le siège d'avion et tous leurs émois.

J'ai trouvé ce livre divertissant, intéressant. Mon seul bémol est que l'on y tombe dans le cliché de la «toutoune clown». Vous savez, la personne obèse qui fait le clown pour compenser. Je ne nie pas que cela arrive très souvent, par contre, parfois je trouvais que cela allait dans l'auto-dérision. Je crois qu'il y a moyen d'avoir de l'humour sans trop rire de soi. En fait, il est important de savoir rire de soi, quel que soit notre poids ou notre différence. Par contre, quand on prend trop de vigueur à se moquer de son surpoid... je trouve que ça manque d'originalité!

Hormis ce dernier détail, je vous suggère ce livre, que vous magasiniez dans le 14+ ou non. C'est une super lecture de vacances.

Cote : 4 / 5

mardi 3 août 2010

I called it from the first show!

Now who is surprised at the outcome of The Bachelorette? Did anyone honestly think that Ali was going to choose Chris as a futur husband? Not me. The chemistry just wasn't there, their personalities wouldn't match in a long run. She needed a man who would take care of her, a man who could put her first, but also a MAN... Ali's the type of girl that needs a strong sexy man. Chris was nice, but, didn't have just enough humpf for her. Which Roberto had. And come on, at 25 years old, would you settle for a nice good boy who does everything you want, but doesn't DO anything for you, if you know what I mean?!?!?!? The chemistry between Roberto and Ali was in part sexual, you could see that he DID DO something for her.

That been said, Chris is a nice guy and I hope he finds a nice girl. Not on that will tell him what to do and control him, but most likely, that's how it's gonna end up. Believe me, I know a few things about that ;-) professionnaly and personaly.

The big question is : how long are Roberto and Ali gonna last? I say... maybe 6 month to a year. What do you say?