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The Devil Wears Prada

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The Devil Wears Prada



A million girls would kill for Andrea Sachs's job. She must be so
lucky to get to work for the most powerful woman in fashion
publishing. It must be so great to get all those fabulous clothes
and rub elbows with celebrities at parties. If anyone else says
those words to Andrea, she's going to stab that person to death
with the spike heel on her Manolo Blahnik sandal. The approximate
cost of said sandal is one-and-a-half weeks' pay, but that's all
right ... Elias-Clark Publishing will pay for it to be fixed.

Andrea's boss, Runway magazine's editor-in-chief Miranda
Priestly, is demanding, unrealistic, powerful and a guaranteed
ticket to any job in publishing, assuming Andrea can survive a year
of working for her. Though Andrea's real goal in life is to write
for the New Yorker, she casts a wide net of resumes after
graduating from Brown University, hoping to get a job that's
anything but mundane. Not knowing anything about the fashion
industry and not bothering to hide that fact on her job interview,
Andrea applies for a job as a junior editorial assistant
(translation: salaried slave labor) at Runway and lands it
anyway. Suddenly, she's the envy of half the publishing and fashion
industry…the other half knows better than to envy Miranda's
assistants.

As we witness Andrea's self-pitying diatribe on the superficial
fashion world, and how it takes over her life and makes her forsake
her relationships with her family, her best friend and her
boyfriend, the voice falls flat and begins to drone around page
seventy-five. Though the setting itself is a fast-paced world, the
pacing of the narration is incredibly slow. Andrea's growth as a
character is limited at best, self-discoveries are few, and the
predictable ending is akin to that of a made-for-television
movie.

Is the reader supposed to feel sorry for Andrea? Laugh at her? No
one knows, or for that matter, cares. Also, glaring research errors
bothered this reviewer such as referencing HARRY POTTER AND THE
GOBLET OF FIRE coming out in December 2002 when every fan knows it
was a July 2000 release, and emphasizing on another page that ALL
of Miranda's assistants went on to fashion jobs when the latest one
actually went to the beauty department.

While THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA promises to become a bestseller in the
wake of Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series or THE NANNY DIARIES,
popularity doesn't always guarantee that a book is well written or
well done.

Reviewed by Carlie Kraft on January 21, 2011

The Devil Wears Prada
by Lauren Weisberger

  • Publication Date: April 13, 2004
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway
  • ISBN-10: 0767914767
  • ISBN-13: 9780767914765