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The Devil Wears Prada [Hardcover]

Lauren Weisberger
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Jun 2003
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.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books; First Edition edition (Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038550926X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385509268
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,629,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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 won a Golden Globe Award and grossed over $300 million worldwide. Her second novel, Everyone Worth Knowing and Chasing Harry Winston were also Sunday Times and New York Times bestsellers. She lives in New York City with her husband.

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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. It turns out Miranda is quite the bossyboots. That's pretty much the extent of the novel, but it's plenty. Miranda's behaviour 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 Alix Witchel, whose magazine-world novel never gave us the inside dope that was the book's whole raison d'être. For the most part, The Devil Wears Prada focuses on the outrageous Miranda Priestly, and she's an irresistible spectacle. --Claire Dederer, Amazon.com

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PRAISE FOR THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA:

‘This little gem mixes Sex and the City charm with dry New York wit.’ REAL

‘Sassy, insightful and sooo Sex and The City, you'll be rushing to the bookshop for your copy like it's a half price Prada sale.’ COMPANY

‘The most fun we've had in ages.’ HEAT

‘Delicious…a great insight into the world of magazines and fashion.’ RED


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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Escapism 9 Aug 2006
By Victoria VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I was really surprised to read all the so-so reviews about this book. I picked it up in an English Bookshop in Spain, needing something light-hearted after Captain Corelli's Mandolin, and while I wouldn't dare compare the two books (the latter is a work of genius) I found The Devil Wears Prada a great book to lounge on the beach with.

It tells the story of Andrea Sachs, a college graduate who lands a job as personal assisstant to Miranda Priestly, editor-in-chief of fashion bible Runway. Andrea has no interest at all in fashion, and takes the job as a stepping stone to serious journalism. However, Miranda soon proves to be the boss-from-hell. Taking on this job drains Andrea's soul as she loses contact with the outside world, casting aside her family, friends and boyfriend in order to meet Miranda's outrageous demands.

While I would hesitate to call the novel funny, it is a larger-than-life look at how people sell their souls to the workplace and their bosses. It is difficult to comprehend the tasks that Andrea is asked to complete, and if indeed the author's stint working for Anna Wintour was anything like this, I feel sorry for her! It is not a masterpiece of prose fiction; however it is an easy read and perfect escapism from what we all think to be a tough old life. I can see why it has been made into a film - think Bidget Jones with a touch more sarcasm trying to totter around in 6inch Jimmy Choos with a tray of Starbucks coffee in one hand and a takeout lunch in the other, and that is Andrea Sachs. I have awarded it 4 stars because it was a light hearted, easy read, perfect for a holiday.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why all the bad reviews?! 10 Jun 2007
By gabby
Format:Paperback
This book isn't the best book I've ever read by far, but I really don't understand all the 1 and 2 star ratings when it's a really entertaining read! It's not exceptionally moving or groundbreaking, but it's a gripping book that you'll enjoy from start to finish as you learn more about the characters. Somebody said Andrea was one dimensional - the book's plot doesn't allow for her to develop properly, that's true - but it doesn't stop her being a fun and likeable main character. I'd definitely recommend it especially for a holiday read. The film didn't live up to the book at all!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing in some areas 15 Oct 2008
Format:Paperback
I agree with some of the opinions of other reviewers on this site. This semi-autobiographical roman a clef novel is undemanding, fairly light-hearted entertainment, but does not fulfil its full potential. I agree that the characterisation of Andrea Sachs, the protagonist, is one-dimensional, and that there are loose ends within the storyline which could have been explored further. I felt that Andrea came across as quite immature in some situations and felt disgusted at her attitude in certain scenarios; for example her debating over whether to spit in her manager's drink/ lick the ice cubes for her Pellegrino/ setting out her manager's take out lunch with her bare hands /serving her breakfast onto an unwashed plate...ugh!! I felt that the character of Alex, her dedicated teacher boyfriend, could have been developed further in order for him to act as a type of literary foil to the character of Andrea, i.e. he represents the grounded 'real world' whilst Andrea succumbs to the seductive glamour of the world of fashion and compromises her principles in the process. I agree also that the standard of proof reading throughout this book leaves a lot to be desired. I found it irritating when reading to encounter typos such as 'Bobby Brown' instead of 'Bobbi Brown', and'Alberto Ferretti' instead of 'Alberta Ferretti' for example, as it is a sign of a lack of attention to detail and general carelessness. To summarise, "The Devil wears Prada" is the kind of book to read if you don't want to stimulate your brain cells too much. I quite enjoyed it, but it feels as if there is something missing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good 6 Jun 2008
By KMS
Format:Paperback
I have been interested in reading this for quite some time now, and have put off watching the movie just so I could read the book first.

Andrea is a twenty three year old woman who has just bagged a job that "so many girls would die for"...working as Miranda Priestley's assistant at one of the hottest fashion magazines in America - Runway. Andrea is not into fashion herself but she thinks that by getting her foot in the door to a world class magazine could be her way of getting up the ladder to write her own pieces. According to some, one year working for Miranda guarantees you a job in whatever field you want, so Andrea decides she'll work for Miranda for a year, then go and work as a write somewhere else.

However, not all goes to plan. This job is not easy. What with all the office politics, and not your typical office politics. The girls who work at Runway are model material, treating each day as a fashion show, where as Andrea will show up for work in a simple blouse and knee length skirt. She soon realises that working for Miranda is hard work and extremely demanding. She starts to find it hard to keep in touch with her best friend Lily, and her boyfriend Alex - niether of which can understand why she has top drop everything if Miranda so much as wants a Coffee from Starbucks.

How long will it be until Andrea flips and stops smiling through gritted teeth? Will she ever tell Miranda how she really feels?

This book actually had me really interested from the first page and I was hooked throughout. It may be slightly over the top, although I have no idea what it's like working for a top fashion magazine, but it still had me turning the pages day after day just wanting to know how this would end.
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I love the film but never got round to reading the book. I really don't know why I waited so long. It is a fantastic story slightly different to the film which makes it an even... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect to pick up whenever!
Makes the character understood so much more than the film! Definitely a recommended read for any age, to see the life in fashion more than anything.
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