“The sequel you’ve been waiting for: the follow-up to the sensational #1 bestseller The Devil Wears Prada.
Almost a decade has passed since Andy Sachs quit the job “a million girls would die for” working for Miranda Priestly at Runway magazine—a dream that turned out to be a nightmare. Andy and Emily, her former nemesis and co-assistant, have since joined forces to start a high-end bridal magazine. The Plunge has quickly become required reading for the young and stylish. Now they get to call all the shots: Andy writes and travels to her heart’s content; Emily plans parties and secures advertising like a seasoned pro.
Even better, Andy has met the love of her life. Max Harrison, scion of a storied media family, is confident, successful, and drop-dead gorgeous. Their wedding will be splashed across all the society pages as their friends and family gather to toast the glowing couple. Andy Sachs is on top of the world. But karma’s a bitch. The morning of her wedding, Andy can’t shake the past.
And when she discovers a secret letter with crushing implications, her wedding-day jitters turn to cold dread. Andy realizes that nothing—not her husband, nor her beloved career—is as it seems. She never suspected that her efforts to build a bright new life would lead her back to the darkness she barely escaped ten years ago—and directly into the path of the devil herself…” (GoodReads)
It’s been ten years since The Devil Wears Prada came out and I enjoyed the original AND the film version (Meryl Streep was fabulous!). This was one of those books I have been looking forward to reading, been meaning to read, since it came out in 2013. So, first off, I’m going to be upfront and say that I could not finish this book. I tried. I really wanted to like this book and it was such a gosh-awful disappointment.
I don’t normally issue low ratings below 2 stars (see my Reviews page) and I’ve debated the value of posting about this book at all but I’ve decided that it’s important to talk about the books that just didn’t work for me and discuss why. There needs to be a balance between the sweet and the savory, the sour and the bitter.
That said, here goes… SPOILERS AHEAD!
I was really disappointed with this book. I only got 17/24 chapters in and there was just so little Miranda Priestly, it was boring.
I expected fireworks!!!
I expected Andy to go back to working for Miranda and the bulk of the book to be like Devil Wears Prada 2. I expected it to encroach on her marriage, her mothering skills, etc. but her to come out clean, having survived with her marriage intact. I didn’t expect Emily and Max’s betrayal. I’m also a little confused about Nigel’s involvement with Miranda because in the film version he ends up leaving and starting his own magazine. I thought, but again, it’s been some years since I’ve seen the film, and just about as long as I’ve read the first book.
There’s some great interaction between Andy and her BFF, Lily, who has moved to Colorado and is now married and a mom. I thought that those talks were really well done. Max is way too perfect to be real. I honestly felt sorry for him because typically when it starts out great, the book is going to be a tragedy. I hate tragedies.
Skimming ahead, I guess the ending was inevitable the way that Weisberger writes it but I was really rooting for the wrong guy, you know? Just goes to show that you can’t reason with an author’s vision, even if you disagree.
So now that I’ve been critical, what would I have liked to see instead?
Andy should go back to work for Miranda (in some capacity) much, much earlier in the book. That should be the story hook, not a turning point of the novel. Miranda should be more vicious than ever. I like the idea of catching up with Nigel but Andy needs to stand on her own feet. She’s an adult for pity’s sake. No back-tracking!!
I love that Andy and Emily become friends. I don’t remember how the book leaves their relationship but the film indicates that their relationship is on friendly terms. I totally get that Emily would do the parties and clothes and Andy is the practical one. Weisberger has them down perfectly.
I don’t like how fragile and uncertain Andy seems. She’s spineless, paralyzed by a crucial piece of information she receives on her wedding day. Confront the bastard. Pull yourself today, Andy. The decision to have Andy having some kind of PTSD from working for Miranda is hard for me to swallow. She pussy-foots the decision whether to sell the magazine or not and that drives me nuts. Make a decision!
Maybe I’m the wrong demographic for this book but I would’ve rather seen Andy in a steady relationship with (a guy) and have another option (or two…) come around and show Andy struggling with her romantic past and present and future. Christian had too small a role in the book. He is such an adorable jerk.
There really isn’t a whole lot that happens in the book and that was probably my biggest disappointment. I was hoping for more of a plot, more of an engaging main character but Andy is a limp noodle. Having read a good 2/3 of the book, I did skim through the rest to find out the resolution and I wasn’t happy about that either.
Revenge Wears Prada was not bad enough to ward me off of Weisberger’s other titles but it does make me cautious about reading them. So, did you like Revenge Wears Prada? If so, please don’t shoot me, but do shoot me a comment and tell me why you liked it.