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The Devil Wears Prada [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Weisberger
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,122 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.


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Amazon.com Review

It's a killer title: The Devil Wears Prada. And it's killer material: author Lauren Weisberger did a stint as assistant to Anna Wintour, the all-powerful editor of Vogue magazine. Now she's written a book, and this is its theme: narrator Andrea Sachs goes to work for Miranda Priestly, the all-powerful editor of Runway magazine. Turns out Miranda is quite the bossyboots. That's pretty much the extent of the novel, but it's plenty. Miranda's behavior is so insanely over-the-top that it's a gas to see what she'll do next, and to try to guess which incidents were culled from the real-life antics of the woman who's been called Anna "Nuclear" Wintour. For instance, when Miranda goes to Paris for the collections, Andrea receives a call back at the New York office (where, incidentally, she's not allowed to leave her desk to eat or go to the bathroom, lest her boss should call). Miranda bellows over the line: "I am standing in the pouring rain on the rue de Rivoli and my driver has vanished. Vanished! Find him immediately!"

This kind of thing is delicious fun to read about, though not as well written as its obvious antecedent, The Nanny Diaries. And therein lies the essential problem of the book. Andrea's goal in life is to work for The New Yorker--she's only sticking it out with Miranda for a job recommendation. But author Weisberger is such an inept, ungrammatical writer, you're positively rooting for her fictional alter ego not to get anywhere near The New Yorker. Still, Weisberger has certainly one-upped Me Times Three author Alex Witchel, whose magazine-world novel never gave us the inside dope that was the book's whole raison d' etre. For the most part, The Devil Wears Prada focuses on the outrageous Miranda Priestly, and she's an irresistible spectacle. --Claire Dederer

From Publishers Weekly

Most recent college grads know they have to start at the bottom and work their way up. But not many picture themselves having to pick up their boss's dry cleaning, deliver them hot lattes, land them copies of the newest Harry Potter book before it hits stores and screen potential nannies for their children. Charmingly unfashionable Andrea Sachs, upon graduating from Brown, finds herself in this precarious position: she's an assistant to the most revered-and hated-woman in fashion, Runway editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly. The self-described "biggest fashion loser to ever hit the scene," Andy takes the job hoping to land at the New Yorker after a year. As the "lowest-paid-but-most-highly-perked assistant in the free world," she soon learns her Nine West loafers won't cut it-everyone wears Jimmy Choos or Manolos-and that the four years she spent memorizing poems and examining prose will not help her in her new role of "finding, fetching, or faxing" whatever the diabolical Miranda wants, immediately. Life is pretty grim for Andy, but Weisberger, whose stint as Anna Wintour's assistant at Vogue couldn't possibly have anything to do with the novel's inspiration, infuses the narrative with plenty of dead-on assessments of fashion's frivolity and realistic, funny portrayals of life as a peon. Andy's mishaps will undoubtedly elicit laughter from readers, and the story's even got a virtuous little moral at its heart. Weisberger has penned a comic novel that manages to rise to the upper echelons of the chick-lit genre.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 826 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007156103
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (April 15, 2003)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBFNBK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,161 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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240 of 273 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad April 16, 2003
Format:Hardcover
There is an enormous amount of buzz about this book because the author used to work at Vouge. Most of the PR implies that this is a roman a clef about those days. So far the reviews that I've seen in a least two major fashion magazines haven't been kind but that can be chalked up to fashionistas being annoyed with someone who mocked their world.
Does the book live up to the hype? Yes and no.
It's an amusing book. The descriptions of downtown life in NYC, the side characters and the horrible antics of mean Miranda Priestly are fun but the heroine, Andrea is such a stuck up little snob that it's difficult to care about her. Margaret Mitchell was able to take a character who was an absolute monster and make millions love her. Lauren Weisberger doesn't have that kind of ability.

What's really annoying is that the book has a choppy feel. Andrea lurches from one disaster to another with no transition in between. The plot has a formula that is an old as Greek mythology. The scenes with the best friend character, Lilly and the boyfriend, Alex won't surprise anyone. The climax is straight out of an old Edgar Wallace plotwheel. The ending was a sappy, predictable let down.

The bottom line is this: if you love fashion and gossip The Devil Wears Prada will make you smile. If you want a terrific book, this won't be the one you're looking for.
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138 of 156 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lucifer in a Nutshell March 11, 2005
By Alycia
Format:Paperback
Summary of "The Devil Wears Prada"

- badly dressed, tacky young woman introduces herself as the "average" five

foot eleven inch, 120 pound woman who miraculously lands an undeserved

job as a personal assistant at a fashion magazine, immediately making every

other woman reading her story roll their eyes

- said young woman complains endlessly about her miserable life of wearing

designer clothes, attending gala society parties, the inhumane rule of not

being able to smoke or make personal telephone calls during business hours,

and her boss's crass insistence that she do her job without copping an

attitude

- said young woman somehow manages to retain her job despite looking down

on all of her colleagues and willfully sabotaging company spending records

- young woman fails to look human because she reacts unrealistically to her

own problems, and those of her cardboard cutout plot-point friends

- young woman somehow attracts a world famous, handsome author despite

her failure to appear attractive to her merely locally famous elementary

school teacher boyfriend.

- young woman finally tells off boss

- young woman somehow lands job at another magazine as a writer, despite

having never demonstrated any talent to her audience

- everything comes up roses for young woman

- and then, nobody cared
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So excruciatingly DULL March 1, 2005
Format:Hardcover
Wow. This was an unbelievably dull book, which is something of a mortal sin for a gossipy tell-all. The "excesses" perpetrated by "Miranda" are, frankly, not all that shocking. Not for that circle. Nor is she sui generis in being a poor boss and an unpleasant waste of skin as a person. But I've read wickedly hilarious accounts of far more pedestrian events, persons and narratives...it's not so much the topic at hand in TDWP that induces dreariness but the execrable writing. The book should NEVER have been published. It might have been a great Rolling Stone or Harper's article, with more aggressive editing and tighter focus. Perhaps, as Weisberger writes in her dedication, we should blame the editor for taking out all the really funny stuff. Ultimately, though, it's the author's fault for sucking so damned hard.
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253 of 307 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Trendy read and just as fleeting! June 3, 2003
Format:Hardcover
Fashionistas around the globe have been salivating for the publication of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADAsince its first announcement. For those in love with all things Vogue et.al., who wouldn't want to read a deliciously biting roman a clef about a woman who is probably Anna Wintour and then some? Alas, that's the problem with the book, it only caters to those in the fashion know, which results in a shallow exercise of style over substance.
While author Lauren Weisberger has a grasp of sustaining a narrative, but the predictable scenarios she concocts are hardly the stuff of good fiction or, sadly, biting satire. Bitchy asides and brand names are stretched thin, for sure.
Even worse, her alter ego, Andrea, is too bland a creation for the reader to really care about. Her ambition is not telegraphed with any real force since all I kept thinking was why stick it out in a thankless job that is beyond demeaning? Is being a writer at the New Yorker that important? I'm sure it is for the character, but Ms. Weisberger's colorless prose fails to register such details with depth.
As for the infamous character of Miranda Priestly, I know plenty of folks like this woman. Hell, I even worked for one. The only real joy generated by this novel was smiling over what a complete and total virago she remains throughout the book. I also loved how Weisberger captured the absolute absurdity of such fields like fashion and other show business enterprises that rely so heavily on image. The worlds she creates are definitely based on some sort of fact, but it is unfortunate the she didn't take such an interest in her overall plot or characters.
Perhaps my dissatisfication in the novel stems from something greater.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Weisberger has a way with words!
Much darker than the film version,"The Devil Wears Prada" rings several bells. Weisberger delves into the themes of post-college idealism, the gluttonous consumption of... Read more
Published 28 days ago by David M. Ortmann
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written garage
Just about the most poorly written trash that I've read in years! I was intrigued by the Amazon Kindle low price, and I liked the movie which actually made a lot more sense than... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Linda Spitzer
3.0 out of 5 stars Too stressful
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger is a novel & popular film with Anne Hathaway & Meryl Streep. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sarah M. Ruggles
1.0 out of 5 stars Movie. Really.
The movie was better. Heads and shoulder pads above the book. Prada should sue! Well, maybe not THAT, but I read it over a year ago and I'm still wondering if the editor just gave... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Auntie Wave
5.0 out of 5 stars Always outrageous
I decided to read this after seeing the movie. ITS NOTHING LIKE THE MOVIE. It's a story about seemingly "real" characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alexis Garren
1.0 out of 5 stars Women portrayed as weak
Because the main character is female, she chooses the rat trap apartment and jealous/broke boyfriend over a glamorous and high paying career. Disappointing .
Published 2 months ago by Briana
2.0 out of 5 stars wow - someone had vision
So...wow...or not! It's boring. It's badly written - weak characters except Miranda. It is soooooo amateurish that it's unbelievable for this "author" to have become "famous. Read more
Published 2 months ago by birdwatcher
4.0 out of 5 stars fashion lovers will adore, addictive reading
From the first page I found the writing addictive! Read after watching movie! Was not disappointed, more description of her family and background
Published 2 months ago by becstar
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
I really enjoyed this book; I was laughing from the beginning and I especially got a kick out of the introspection we're let in on as the reader. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sara
3.0 out of 5 stars Is the movie a favorite?
The story was good but, I saw the movie several times before I read the book. I really enjoy the movie which had more stress relief in it than the book allows. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Laurie McIntosh
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Lauren Weisberger is the author of The Devil Wears Prada, which 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 over $300 million worldwide. Her second novel, Everyone Worth Knowing, was also a New York Times bestseller. She lives in New York City with her husband.

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I love this book. Learning more about the fashion industry and the high-powered, power-hungry people who work in New York is fascinating. And then there are the normal, everyday men and women who are everyday likable and make up for all the shortcomings of the upper echelon.
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Aug 10, 2006 by Betty L. Dravis |  See all 2 posts
A Downtown Version of the Devil Wears Prada
Patricia,

Thanks for the info on Crush Dot Com. I'm always wondering about the lives of those who don't live on the UES in NYC and don't work for Vogue or one of the other elite mags. Like anyone paying NY rent can afford Manolos any damn way...
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