A delightfully dishy novel about the all-time most impossible boss in the history of impossible bosses.
Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, lands the job “a million girls would die for.” Hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of "Runway "magazine, Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts "Prada! Armani! Versace!" at every turn, a world populated by impossibly thin, heart-wrenchingly stylish women and beautiful men clad in fine-ribbed turtlenecks and tight leather pants that show off their lifelong dedication to the gym. With breathtaking ease, Miranda can turn each and every one of these hip sophisticates into a scared, whimpering child.
“The Devil Wears Prada” gives a rich and hilarious new meaning to complaints about “The Boss from Hell.” Narrated in Andrea’s smart, refreshingly disarming voice, it traces a deep, dark, devilish view of life at the top only hinted at in gossip columns and over Cosmopolitans at the trendiest cocktail parties. From sending the latest, not-yet-in-stores Harry Potter to Miranda’s children in Paris by private jet, to locating an unnamed antique store where Miranda had at some point admired a vintage dresser, to serving lattes to Miranda at precisely the piping hot temperature she prefers, Andrea is sorely tested each and every day—and often late into the night with orders barked over the phone. She puts up with it all by keeping her eyes on the prize: a recommendation from Miranda that will get Andrea a top job at any magazine of her choosing. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, however, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether or not the job is worth the price of her soul. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
This is one of those rare occasions that the movie is better than the book. In the movie Andy is funny, endearing and relatable, but in the book she comes off as a pretty awful friend and kind of a flake. Ignoring your best friend and boyfriend, even if you’re busy, when they’re going through some intense things is not ok.
That being said, there were definitely some funny moments that I enjoyed and I certainly didn’t hate the book. Miranda Priestly cracked me up multiple ties. I do have to say, I think Andy was over-reacting a few times, but if you suspend real life for a little while it’s definitely more entertaining! Wouldn’t necessarily warn people away, but not what you’re getting with the movie so I’d steer you in that direction first.
Rating: 3 stars!
Who should read it? Chick lit fans who think the premise is slightly less than ridiculous – you are the ones that will enjoy it the most.
Want to read the whole series?
- Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns (The Devil Wears Prada #2)