The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger (The Devil Wears Prada #1)
Published HarperCollins 2003
Genre: Adult Contemporary
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. But she’s going to be Miranda’s assistant, a job millions of girls would die for. A year later, she knows altogether too much: That it’s a sacking offence to wear anything lower than a three-inch heel to work. But that there’s always a fresh pair of Manolos for you in the accessories cupboard. That Miranda believes Hermes scarves are disposable, and you must keep a life-time supply on hand at all times. That eight stone is fat. That you can charge cars, manicures, anything at all to the Runway account, but you must never, ever, leave your desk, or let Miranda’s coffee get cold. And that at 3 a.m. on a Sunday, when your boyfriend’s dumping you because you’re always at work, and your best friend’s just been arrested, if Miranda phones, you jump. Most of all, Andrea knows that Miranda is a monster who makes Cruella de Vil look like a fluffy bunny. But also that this is her big break, and it’s going to be worth it in the end. Isn’t it?
Andrea is a great main character. I liked her sass and her ability to work with the situation. This will most certainly not be considered the best year of her life, but she always had this upbeat attitude of knowing what could come at the end. Of course, sometimes her crazy job made her doubt what she was doing, but there were happy moments within it all. Miranda is the villain of the story with all her crazy requests. She has everyone in the office tied around her finger. Emily, the other assistant, was one of my favorites. She loved Miranda and her job, although it was crazy. She was still appreciative, but also showed cracks when she got too frustrated.
Andrea’s job was really hard. I got exhausted just reading about a day in her life and amazed by the wealth that Miranda has around her. All of this work leads to Andrea loosing parts of her personal life – like her boyfriend, her family, and her best friend. She is doing everything to help Miranda with not a single personal moment. I liked this character study into work vs. life. Andrea knows she is doing something wrong, yet can’t pull herself away from Miranda. This parallel was very interesting because Andrea is such a hard worker. This book shows the careful line between giving up everything to going after your dreams and living on the ground with the real relationships in life.
I liked the writing of this book. While I sometimes got exhausted with the huge lists of fancy items and had no clue what some of the fashion terms meant, I felt like Andrea’s character was well written. I also liked everyone else in the office with their own little quirks. The climax in the book is not at all what I expected to happen, and I’m interested to watch the movie to see how true it stays to the book.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a fun, quick read and talked about a very interesting topic. I’m sure that Miranda is one of the most iconic characters now, and understandably so.