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The Devil Wears Prada (2003)

by Lauren Weisberger

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Series: Prada (1)

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A small-town girl fresh out of an Ivy League college lands a job at a prestigious fashion magazine, but wonders if the glamorous perks are worth working for the editor from hell.
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Yes the technology aspect of Devil Wears Prada is dated, oh how Andrea would love google docs and real smart phone but the rest of it still stands up to today's chick lit especially having read lots of the "magazine girl" chick lit that followed this one. ( )
  hellokirsti | Jan 3, 2024 |
I am just going to go ahead and say it. I did not like this book. I tried, I really did, but I just couldn't muster up anything. This mainly had to do with the main character. I really did not like her, to me she just seemed like a spoiled, whiny, 'intellectual', who felt she was too good for anything. so I really couldn't muster up any sympathy for her when she was put into a impossible situations by Miranda.

The Character Andrea seems largely to wallow in her self to the point where she completely ignores the people in trouble who are close to her, until it's too late. I kept reading because I felt that I was missing something, something that other people were reading and were liking but it never did come. I was really disappointed and I wish I had kept this book off my challenge list. I'm still going to watch the movie and I'm crossing my fingers that it's better than the book. I won't write a comparison because I didn't like it enough to and I have better things to do with my time honestly.

There's one thing I can say about the book as a positive, it does hold up well despite it being fourteen years old.
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  latteslipsticklit | Nov 16, 2023 |
I watched the movie when it first came out, and I remember thinking it was cute and funny, but ultimately pretty forgettable. So when I finally picked up the book, more than a decade after seeing the movie, I wasn't surprised I couldn't remember much about the plot or the characters.

I was quickly caught up in the light, breezy storytelling. I liked the author's voice, and I liked Andrea (even though I just couldn't understand why she stuck around for as long as she did; the carrot hanging at the end of a mighty big stick just didn't seem like enough of a reason for an intelligent woman to let herself be abused like that, day in and day out.) I particularly enjoyed the way Andrea dealt with her everyday hardships. Her passive-aggressive moves (purchasing expensive lattes for the homeless and charging them to her boss's credit card; serving Miranda's meals on dirty plates, etc.) gave me a chuckle, and made me cheer for her. But still... she allowed SO MUCH more abuse than any normal, reasonable person could possibly endure.

I did feel as though some of the behind-the-scenes fashion stories became repetitive, and the gossipy nature of the chapters got old after a while, but I was still eager to see how the story ended. And on that front, I was a little disappointed. I wanted more closure: about Alex, about Emily, about Christian, even about Miranda. I was left wishing there'd been more of a wrap-up at the end. ( )
  Elizabeth_Cooper | Oct 27, 2023 |
I first read this book in my first year of high school for a book report (we could choose ANY book we want, and I was obsessed with the film version of this novel at the time). Since it's been...well, years...it's about time I finally give this book a review to add it to my collection!

This book was super popular and a sequel has come out (which is currently sitting on my to-read shelves waiting for me to dig into it) in recent years. For those who don't know about the first book in this series, we are following Andrea (or Andy) who gets a job at a famous, fashion magazine (similar to Vogue) which is run by the insane workaholic Miranda Priestly. Andrea believes this is the step she needs to get into her journalism career! A job at a high end fashion magazine! But, as we all know, nothing is ever that simple.

The movie is not the same as the book, but I like the think the quality of both are insanely good! Despite being different in plot, tone and character personalities, both works were fantastic! If you haven't read the book, I highly suggest it. It's unique and dramatic!

Andrea's journey involves her changing (and sometimes growing) along the way, as she encounters all of the antics of being in the fashion world: uptight assistants, overbearing bosses, deadlines, insomnia, and work/life balance.

This book is in it's own niche market - it became really popular, but it's not for everyone. The humor is a type of special, especially since you are following Andrea's life fall apart. For me, it's a five star book! It's interesting to watch the plot spiral out of control as your begging the author to give Andrea some type of happiness in the end. But honestly? It's kind of how life is - not perfect. Andrea is NOT perfect and she's definitely not the most likable character, but I grew to like her knowing all of the horror she was going through.

Five out of five stars!! ( )
  Briars_Reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |
This book was very enjoyable..Would really read it again ( )
  Reenz38 | May 6, 2023 |
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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. I would hazard a guess that, during her time at Vogue, she did not encounter Ms Wintour's famously ruthless little red pen because the idea of editing out anything - anything - is anathema to her.
added by Nevov | editThe Observer, Rachel Cooke (Sep 28, 2003)
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Lauren Weisbergerprimary authorall editionscalculated
Dunne, BernadetteNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mutsaers, SabineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Talvitie, TiinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes. -- Henry David Thoreau, Walden 1854
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My Mother, Cheryl, the mom "a million girls would die for" ; My father, Steve, who is handsome, witty, brilliant, and talented, and who insisted on writing his own dedication; my phenomenal sister, Dana, their favorite (until i wrote a book).
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The light hadn't even officially turned green at the intersection of 17th and Broadway before before an army of overconfident yellow cabs roared past the tiny deathtrap I was attempting to navigate around the city streets.
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Miranda was, as far as I could tell, a truly fantastic editor. Not a single word of copy made it into the magazine without her explicit, hard-to-obtain approval, and she wasn't afraid to scrap something and start over, regardless of how inconvenient or unhappy it made everyone else.
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A small-town girl fresh out of an Ivy League college lands a job at a prestigious fashion magazine, but wonders if the glamorous perks are worth working for the editor from hell.

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