The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

57%

6 Critic Reviews

What a wasted opportunity this truly dreadful book is. Weisberger has taken a world rich with comic potential - a world that should have you crying with laughter - and rendered it as sober as an AA meeting.
-Guardian

Synopsis

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.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Lauren Weisberger

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Lauren Weisberger’s first novel, The Devil Wears Prada, spent more than a year on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. The film version, starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, won a Golden Globe Award and grossed more than $300 million worldwide. Her second novel, Everyone Worth Knowing, was also a New York Times bestseller.
 
Published April 13, 2004 by Broadway Books. 448 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance. Fiction
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Kirkus

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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

Weisberger writes with humor and authority, but her plot circles like a whirlpool—and by the time Andrea’s ready to face some hard choices, it’s difficult to care. Her exhaustion is contagious.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Rachel Cooke on Sep 23 2008

What a wasted opportunity this truly dreadful book is. Weisberger has taken a world rich with comic potential - a world that should have you crying with laughter - and rendered it as sober as an AA meeting.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti on Oct 11 2008

Weisberger’s has taken what is most likely her own experience as an intern at either Conde Nast...turned it into a very clever and amusing book, that is a good quick read (perfect for planes and beaches).

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Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Carlie Kraft on Jan 21 2011

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.

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Christian Science Monitor

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Reviewed by The Christian Science Monitor on Jul 20 2011

Yes, we've all seen the movie, but the book is just as good, and full of juicy details about the sordid underbelly of fashion magazine life. Weisberger's novel follows the trials of Andrea, a Midwestern girl newly arrived in Manhattan...

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USA Today

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Reviewed by Deirdre Donahue on Apr 16 2008

Alas, instead of being fun and frivolous, The Devil Wears Prada begins to feel like a long, tiresome trek in a pair of too-high, too-tight designer heels.

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