Thursday, 4 July 2013

Review: The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 6/10/03
Pages: 360
Genre: Chick-Lit

High fashion, low cunning - and the boss from hell.

When Andrea first sets foot in the plush Manhattan offices of Runway she knows nothing. She's never heard of the world's most fashionable magazine, or its feared and fawned-over editor, Miranda Priestly.

Soon she knows way too much.

She knows it's a sacking offence to wear less than a three-inch heel to work - but there's always a fresh pair of Manolos in the accessories cupboard.

She knows that eight stone is fat. That you can charge anything - cars, manicures, clothes - to the Runway account, but you must never leave your desk, or let Miranda's coffee get cold. That at 3am, when your boyfriend's dumping you because you're always working and your best friend's just been arrested, if Miranda phones you with her latest unreasonable demand, you jump.

Most of all, Andrea knows that Miranda is a monster boss who makes Cruella de Vil look like a fluffy bunny. But this is her big break, and it's all going to be worth it in the end.

Isn't it?

The Devil Wears Prada tells the story of Andrea Sachs, recent college graduate who stumbles across a job as Miranda Priestly's junior assistant. Miranda Priestly is the editor of Runway magazine and has a mighty reputation. Andy finds herself in a job that 'a million girls would die for'. As Andy gets dragged further and further into Miranda's world of Starbucks's coffees, six-inch heels and designer brands she hasn't even heard of, she finds it more and more difficult to separate her work and social life, how will she manage with the boss from hell?

This book rings true with all those people out there who have disastrous working relationships with their colleagues. Seeing Andy struggle through the ridiculous tasks Miranda sets her allowed me to see my life is really quite peachy! What I really liked about this book was Andy's attitude. Yes, she had a good moan on occasion but what woman doesn't?! Andy is the only one who isn't sucked in by Miranda's status in the fashion world and I found this really refreshing. Andy has a very sarcastic sense of humour, and I loved it. I'm very sarcastic myself so I could totally relate to Andy.

All in all I would recommend this book to anyone who needed to escape for a few hours. You get a unique look into the world of fashion. As Lauren Weisberger herself worked at Vogue, it leaves you wondering how much of this is based on her time there, and I loved trying to guess if Lauren witnessed any of the hilarious situations Andy ended up in!

4/5 Stars

My Song Choice: Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall
This song is in the film and it instantly reminds me of The Devil Wears Prada when I hear it.

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  1. I've been meaning to read this but I think the film might influence me too much. Did you have that problem?

    1. To be honest, I was imagining the film characters as I read the book. It's impossible not to as Meryl Streep was fabulous in the film!


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