Tin vui dành cho các fan của Lauren Weisberger! Phần kế tiếp của bộ truyện The Devil Wears Prada sẽ ra mắt năm sau, và sẽ tập trung kể về nhân vật phụ được tất cả chúng ta yêu thích nhất: Emily Charlton. Không chỉ thế, cuốn sách thứ ba này của bộ truyện Devil Wears Prada còn sẽ có một tựa sách hoàn hảo. When Life Gives You Lululemons đi catwalk lên các kệ sách vào ngày 05 tháng Sáu 2018, và trong thời gian đó bạn đã có thể đọc thử truyện rồi!
Lần đầu xuất bản năm 2003, The Devil Wears Prada xoay quanh nhân vật Andy Sách, một sinh viên tốt nghiệp nóng lòng bước chân vào thế giới xuất bản. Andy vô tình rơi vào vị trí trợ lý cho Miranda Priestly, một tổng biên tập đòi hỏi và cực ngầu của tạp chí thời trang Runway. Một trợ lý khác đã có mặt tại Runway tên là Emily, trợ lý đầu tiên của Miranda, đã được tiến cử lên vị trí cao hơn và nhường chỗ cho Andy. The Devil Wears Prada theo dấu Andy qua những thăng trầm tuy ngắn – nhưng lại cực kỳ khổ sở – của Andy được tạo ra bởi Miranda, cho đến cô quyết định rời bỏ tạp chí và theo đuổi sự nghiệp khác với lĩnh vực tạp chí thời trang.
Quyển tiểu thuyết thứ hai vào năm 2013, Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns, chúng ta được chứng kiến Andy trở thành tổng biên tập cho tạp chí The Plunge, một tạp chí cưới khi gầy dựng cùng Emily. Cả hai rất vui mừng để biết được Elias-Clark, công ty mẹ của Runway, muốn mua lại The Plunge, nhưng không ngờ rằng Miranda đã bắt đầu thôn tính gã khổng lồ này.
Tác phẩm thứ hai Devil Wears Prada có thể nhận được sự ủng hộ kém hơn tác phẩm đầu từ bạn đọc, nhưng When Life Gives You Lululemons hứa hẹn sẽ là một tác phẩm nhẹ nhàng, vui vẻ dành cho các fan của Weisberger. Phần truyện Devil Wears Prada mới này sẽ bắt đầu với Emily, bây giờ đã vào vị trí trợ lý hình ảnh cho một ngôi sao hạng A sống ở ngoại ô Greenwich, Connecticut.
When Life Gives You Lululemons mở ra với hình ảnh Emily nhận được một cuộc gọi điên rồ từ một số điện thoại cũ. Helene, một người quen từ xưa tại New York, giới thiệu cho cô một cậu bé tuổi teen nóng bỏng, Rizzo, nhưng lại khủng bố cuộc sống của Emily khi cậu Bieber mới này xuất hiện tại buổi tiệc mặc đồ…Đức Quốc Xã 😆 (Tino đã nói là hài hước, dí dỏm mà). Emily đồng ý công việc nhanh chóng và lên chuyến bay đầu tiên đến Los Angeles, chuẩn bị quay trở về thành phố New York.
Bên dưới là một đoạn trích của When Life Gives You Lululemons. Tuy chỉ là chương đầu, nhưng sẽ giúp bạn đọc của Tino chuẩn bí ẵn sàng với tác phẩm kế tiếp của Lauren Weisberger. Chúng ta sẽ phải chờ một khoảng thời gian trước khi được đọc những cuộc phiêu lưu mới của Emily vào ngày 05 tháng Sáu 2018 bạn nhé.
CHAPTER ONE: Emily
Emily racked her brain. There had to be something to complain about. This was New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles, one of the most annoying nights of the year in arguably the most annoying city known to man. So why couldn’t she think of a thing?
She sipped her skinny margarita from her chaise and watched her husband’s beautiful body cut through the water like a moving art installation. When Miles emerged, he propped himself on the back of the lit infinity pool, where the turquoise water appeared to spill over the side and straight down the mountain. Behind him, the lights from the valley twinkled for miles, making the city look alluring, even sexy. Night was the only time Los Angeles really shined. Gone were the smog and the junkies and the soul-crushing traffic, all replaced by an idyllic vista of night sky and silently twinkling lights—like God himself descended into the Hollywood Hills and selected the most perfect Snapchat filter for his least favorite city on earth.
Miles smiled at her, and she waved, but when he motioned again for her to join him, she shook her head no. All around her, people were partying in that intensely determined way that happened only on New Year’s Eve after midnight: this will be the most fun we’ve ever had; we will do and say outrageous things;we are loving our lives and everyone around us. The massive hot tub was packed with a dozen revelers, all with drinks in hand, and another group sat around the perimeter, content to dangle their feet while they waited for a few inches of space to free up. On the deck above the pool a DJ blasted remixed hip hop, and dancers everywhere—on the patio, in the pool, on the pool deck, streaming in and out of the house—all moved happily to his playlist. On the chair to Emily’s left, a young girl wearing only bikini bottoms straddled a guy and massaged his shoulders while her bare breasts dangled freely. She worked her way down his back and began a rather aggressive handling of his glutes. She was twenty-three, twenty-five at most, and while her body was far from perfect—slightly rounded belly and overly curvy thighs—her arms didn’t jiggle and her neck didn’t sag. No crepey anything. Just youth. None of the small indignities of Emily’s own body at thirty-six: light stretch marks on her hips; cleavage with just the smallest hint of sag; some errant dark hairs along her bikini line that just seemed to sprout now willy-nilly, indifferent to Emily’s indefatigable waxing schedule. It wasn’t a horror show, exactly—she still looked thin and tan, maybe even downright hot in her elegant Eres two-piece—but it was getting harder with every passing year.
An unfamiliar 917 number flashed on her phone.
“Emily? This is Helene. I’m not sure if you remember, but we met a couple years ago at the Met Ball.”
Emily looked skyward in concentration. The name was familiar but she was having a hard time placing it.
“I’m Rizzo’s manager.”
Rizzo. Interesting. He was the new Bieber: the hottest new pop star whose fame had skyrocketed when, two years earlier at age sixteen, he’d become the youngest male to win a Grammy for best album. Helene had moved to Hollywood to join an agency—either ICM or Endeavor, Emily couldn’t remember—but she’d somehow missed the news that she now represented Rizzo.
“Of course. How are you?” Emily asked. She glanced at her watch. This was no ordinary call.
“I’m sorry I’m calling so late,” Helene said. “It’s already four a.m. here in New York, but you’re probably in LA. I feel terrible interrupting . . .”
“No, it’s fine. I’m at Gigi Hadid’s house and not nearly as drunk as I should be. What’s up?”
A shriek came from the pool. Two girls had jumped in together, holding hands, and were splashing Miles and a couple of his friends. Emily rolled her eyes.
“Well, I, uh . . .” Helene cleared her throat. “We’re off the record, right?”
“Of course.” This sounded promising.
“I’m not sure I understand the whole story myself, but Riz appeared on Seacrest’s Times Square show earlier tonight—everything was fine, it went off without a hitch. Afterward, I went to meet up with some old college friends and Rizzo was headed to some party at 1 OAK. Sober, at least when he left me. Happy about his performance.”
“Okay . . .”
“And just this second I got texted a picture from a colleague who works in ICM’s New York office and happens to be at 1 OAK right now . . .”
“And it’s not good.”
“What? Is he passed out? Covered in his own puke? Kissing a guy? Doing lines? Groping an underage girl?”
Helene sighed and began to talk, but she was drowned out by shrieking laughter. In the shallow end a girl with hot pink hair and a thong bikini had found her way atop Miles’s shoulders for an improvised chicken fight.
“Sorry, can you repeat that? It’s a little chaotic here,” Emily said as she watched the tiny piece of suit fabric wedge even tighter between the girl’s naked ass cheeks, themselves spread straight across the back of Emily’s husband’s neck.
“He appears to be wearing a Nazi costume.”
“Like with a swastika armband and a coordinating headband. Storm Trooper boots. The whole nine.”
“Oh, Jesus Christ,” Emily muttered without thinking.
“Well, it’s not great. Prince Harry pulled that stunt forever ago—but we have to work with what we have. I’m not going to lie, I would’ve preferred drugs or boys.”
In the pool the pink-haired girl on Miles’s shoulders reached behind her back, yanked the tie of her bikini top, and began swinging it around her head like a lasso.
“First things first: who knows?” Emily asked.
“Nothing has shown up online yet, but of course, it’s only a matter of time.”
“Just so we’re clear: you’re calling to hire me, yes?” Emily asked.
“Okay, then right now I want you to text your colleague and have him get Rizzo into the men’s room and out of that get-up. I don’t care if he’s wearing a gold lamé banana hammock—it’s better than the Nazi thing.”
“I already did that. He gave Riz his button-down and shoes, confiscated the armband, and let him keep on the trousers, which apparently are bright red. It’s not perfect, but it’s the best we can do, especially since I can’t reach Rizzo directly. But someone will post something any second, I’m sure.”
“Agreed, so listen up. Here’s the plan. You’re going to jump in a cab and head over to 1 OAK and forcibly remove him from there. Bring a girl or two, it’ll look better, and then get him back to his hotel room and don’t let him leave. Sit in front of the damn door if you have to. Do you have his passwords? Actually, forget it—just take his phone. Drop it in the toilet. We need to buy ourselves time without some idiotic drunken tweet from him.”
“Okay. Will do.”
“The first flight out of here is six a.m. I’m going home to pack, and then I’ll head to the airport. The story will definitely break while I’m in the air, if not before. Do not—I repeat, do not—make a statement. Do not let him talk to anyone, not even the person who brings up the room service. Information lockdown, you understand? No matter how bad the photos are, or how horrified the reaction—and trust me, it’s going to be bad—I want no response until I get there, okay?”
“Thank you, Emily. I’m going to owe you for this one.”
“Go now!” Emily managed not to utter what she was actually thinking. Namely, that the charge for her time and the holiday and the travel was going to take Helene’s breath away.
She took the last sip of her margarita, set the drink on the glass side table next to her, and stood up, trying to ignore the couple beside her who may or may not have been having actual intercourse.
“Miles? Honey?” Emily called as politely as she could manage.
“Miles, love? Can you please move her thighs away from your ears for thirty seconds? I have to leave.”
She was pleased to see her husband unceremoniously lower the girl into the water and swim over to the side. “You’re not mad, are you? She’s just some dumb kid.”
Emily kneeled. “Of course I’m not mad. If you’re going to cheat, you better pick someone a hell of a lot hotter than that.” She nodded toward the girl, who looked not at all pleased with her wet hair. “I got a call from New York. It’s an emergency with Rizzo. I’m running home to get a bag and hopefully get to LAX for the six a.m. I’ll call you when I land, okay?”
This was hardly the first time Emily had been called away in the middle of something—her surgeon girlfriend claimed Emily had worse call hours than she did—but Miles looked positively stupefied.
“It’s New Year’s Eve. Isn’t there anyone in New York who can handle this?” His unhappiness was obvious, and Emily felt a pang, but she tried to keep it light.
“Sorry, love. Can’t say no to this one. Stay, have fun. Not too much fun . . .” She added the last part to make him feel better—she wasn’t one iota concerned about Miles doing anything stupid. She bent down and pecked his wet lips. “Call you later,” she said, and wove through the throngs to the circular driveway, where one of the cute valets motioned for a Town Car to pull around. He held the door for her and she flashed him a smile and a ten-dollar bill.
“Two stops, please,” she said to the driver. “First one is on Santa Monica Boulevard, where you’ll wait for me. Then to the airport. And fast.”
New York, her first and truest love, awaited.