The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

Andrea Sachs goes to work for Miranda Priestly, the all-powerful editor of Runway magazine. Turns out Miranda is quite the bossy boos. That’s pretty much the extent of the novel, but it’s plenty. Miranda’s behavior is so insanely over-the-top that it’s a guess to see what she’ll do next, and to try to guess which incidents were culled from the real-life antics of the woman who’s been called Anna “Nuclear” Wintour.

For instance, when Miranda goes to Paris for the collections, Andrea receives a call back at the New York office (where, incidentally, she’s not allowed to leave her desk to eat or go to the bathroom, lest her boss should call).

I wanted to read one last “summer is here, I just finished finals, don’t make me think” book before I started work yesterday, so I picked The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger off my bookcase to do just that.

I finished The Devil Wear Prada last night and it wasn’t until this morning that I remembered why I never finished the book in the first place. I had some trouble getting into the book in the beginning but after she enters the magazine world I became more interested in her time at Runway. However, towards the end I rapidly began to lose interest again because the book drags on and repeats itself over and over again.

Parts of it were laugh-out-loud funny, but the main problem is that Andrea (also known as Andy) isn’t particularly likable. She neglects her friends, her family, and her boyfriend for this job that she doesn’t really want. The author makes no effort to explore relationships between the protagonist and others at the magazine. And throughout the whole thing I couldn’t help comparing the book and movie . All in all, this story worked much better as a movie than as a book.

Book Mentioned:

  • Weisberger, Lauren. The Devil Wears Prada. New York: Anchor, 2006. Originally published 2002. Print. 448 pgs. ISBN: 0307275558. Source: Purchased.
Book Cover © Anchor. Retrieved: June 17, 2008.

One comment

  1. Jeane

    I enjoyed the film, but after reading a few book reviews (yours confirming it) I think this is the kind of story that just comes across better on the screen. I have a feeling I’d get very annoyed with the character in the book!


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