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The Devil Wears Prada (2003)
by Lauren Weisberger
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This book was very enjoyable..Would really read it again ( )
You know, I’d watched this movie in cinemas when it had come out; I was in middle school or very early high school, maybe. I remember enjoying it, but I don’t remember much of it, really. Then I decided to buy the book. I read it recently.
It was…not enjoyable.
The Devil Wears Prada is about Andrea, a newly-graduated college student who is looking for a job. She wants to be a journalist for a big newspaper like The New York Times one day, but she knows that she has a lot of work to do before she can become that good. So she starts to shop around for opportunities, and surely enough a fashion magazine called Runway gives her a chance. A job that a million girls would die for. But not Andrea, apparently. She hates fashion, and she is definitely a fish out of water at this new job. But she also knows that one year of working at Runway will get her a job anywhere she wants, and all she has to do is stick it out.
The biggest problem, though, isn’t her aversion to fashion or the fact that her colleagues don’t seem to like her very much. Oh no, her biggest problem is her boss, who is a Class A Bitch.
I read recently somewhere that apparently Laure Weisberger based this on her own personal experience of when she worked as a personal assistant for Anna Wintour, who is known for being just as bad a boss as Miranda Priestly is portrayed as. Knowing this, I found it kinda funny that Anna Wintour makes a brief cameo in the novel during a fashion week in Paris.
It wasn’t the story that bothered me, because the story would be pretty good. It was Andrea. I hated her.
Why is Andrea so unlikeable the entire novel? I can’t like her at all. She’s just so mean spirited and constantly complaining and oh my god, she is so racist. Reading this novel now, in 2019, is a terrible experience because the way she talks about immigrants living in New York is really demeaning. She’s constantly complaining about the people around her that don’t speak English properly because they’re not American; she has a moment where she says that she can’t tell her two Indian roommates apart and that their apartment always smells like curry. She even writes the speech of immigrants in a way that was pretty obvious that she was making fun of their speech patterns. For God’s sake, there’s even a scene where she makes fun of her boss’s British accent and how she can’t understand it.
Seriously. It just reeks of uneducated American, even though she brags in the beginning of the book that she’s travelled so much and been all over the world and she’s really cultured. But, really, she’s just a stuck up brat.
The only redeeming part of this novel was the very last page because that was at least satisfying to read. Everything else was just unbearable because Andrea is just so unlikeable.
Final rating? 2/5. Honestly, some people may like this book but I just can’t get behind it at all.
maaaaaybe 2,5 stars?
can't decide really
mostly it left me uninterested
Decent book, but seems long sometimes (could be from listening to it on the iPod).
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.
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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 ofRunwaymagazine, Andrea finds herself in an office that shoutsPrada! 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.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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