Today I am reviewing Where the Grass is Green by Lauren Weisberger, published by Harper Collins Australia.
Perfect lives. Perfect lies.
The brand new novel from the global bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada
Peyton Marcus is the woman New York wakes up to, anchor of the most-watched morning show in the city. With a husband who adores her and a daughter who’s headed to one of the best Ivy League schools, Peyton Marcus is that woman, and she’s damn good at it…
Skye, her sister, is a stay-at-home mom in Paradise, the idyllic NY suburb that’s home to designer boutiques and people who fly private. She has a knack for helicopter-parenting with the best of them. But she’s not like them. She’s looking for something real and it’s within touching distance…
Max, Peyton’s bright and quirky seventeen-year-old daughter, is poised to kiss the fancy private school she hates goodbye – and all of its spoiled rich kids – and head off to pursue her dreams in film. She’s waited her entire life for this opportunity…
But suddenly the grass isn’t looking so green. One little lie. That was all it took. Will any of them survive the truth?
I never really paid much attention to the news when the college admissions scandal first broke back in 2019, but since reading this book and educating myself by reading more about it and watching the documentary, Operation Varsity Blues on Netflix, it really has opened my eyes.
The story follows morning show anchor Peyton Marcus, her daughter Max and her sister Skye. Told through each of their points of view, it deals with the aftermath of Peyton’s husband arrest for his involvement in a new college admission scandal, as well as the ripple effect it has on each of the characters lives. It pulls you in and has you hooked from the beginning to its satisfying endings for all.
I really enjoyed all the characters in the story. My heart went out to Max as she tries to come to terms with her parents actions. She really is the victim in this tale. Skye is a great character with her own secret that is made worse due to the scandal surrounding her sister. Now too Peyton. I admit at first I did not like her. I found her very self absorbed but, she is remorseful and has the most growth over the course of the book and in the end I quite liked her.
Where the Grass is Green is a thought provoking, insightful, very entertaining and scandalous read! If you are looking for something light, with a solid storyline, great characterisation and will keep you engaged from beginning to end, then this is the book for you.
Thank you to Lauren Weisberger, Harper Collins Australia and Netgalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Where the Grass is Green, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Lauren Weisberger
Lauren Weisberger is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of When Life Gives You Lululemons, The Singles Game, Revenge Wears Prada, Last Night at Chateau Marmont, Chasing Harry Winston, Everyone Worth Knowing, and The Devil Wears Prada–most of which were top five bestsellers.
The Devil Wears Prada was published in forty languages and made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. Elton John and Paul Rudnick are adapting it for the stage. Weisberger’s books have sold more than thirteen million copies worldwide. A graduate of Cornell University, she lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.
Lauren’s new book, WHERE THE GRASS IS GREEN AND THE GIRLS ARE PRETTY will be available May 18th, 2021!