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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Inside the Fashion Industry

Andrea Sachs, a recent college graduate, lands a job as an assistant to the editor in chief of Runway Magazine, Miranda Priesly. Little did she know that her boss would be the most demanding, overbearing, ruthless person in the world.

The author's style in the novel...
Andrea Sachs, a recent college graduate, lands a job as an assistant to the editor in chief of Runway Magazine, Miranda Priesly. Little did she know that her boss would be the most demanding, overbearing, ruthless person in the world.

The author's style in the novel is simplistic. The narrator is Andrea who takes the reader on a whirlwind adventure into her daily life. The plot line is predictable and the diction is colloquial. This book was entertaining due to the humorous language that the narrator uses.

If you are a recent college grad or have been there before, you will be able to relate to Andrea. She struggles with making ends meet on a new college grad income while working in an industry that is obsessed with fashion and perfection. Andrea also learns some important lessons around friendship by letting fear dictate her work career because of how intimidating Miranda was with her. Her constant fear and 'marriage' to her work got in the way of her relationships. As a result, she lost some trust with her friends, broke up with her boyfriend, and weakened relations with her friends.

Lauren Wiesberger graduated from Cornell University then moved to New York to pursue her career as a magazine writer. However, for six months prior to this, she spent time in Europe backpacking with her boyfriend. When she retuned from her trip she realized she had no money and no place to live. So she applied for an assistant position at Vogue magazine to the editor in chief. Her boss had bizarre, demanding requests and made her work like a mad woman to the point where she became isolated with the world around her. She eventualy quit the position and she became a freelance journalist. Lauren's own personal life is seen through the storyline in this book.

This novel is an easy read book that has simplistic word choice. It is also an escape from the everyday kind of book. If you like fashion and humor The Devil Wears Prada is an excellent choice for you.

posted by Christina92 on May 25, 2009

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8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Watch the Movie instead!

I finally got around to renting the movie from the video store long after it left the new releases shelves and found it hilarious--so I was eager to pick up a copy of the book from my local library. As an avid reader, I almost always find the book to be ten times bette...
I finally got around to renting the movie from the video store long after it left the new releases shelves and found it hilarious--so I was eager to pick up a copy of the book from my local library. As an avid reader, I almost always find the book to be ten times better than the movie because movies are limited by a number of parameters, namely "time."
That being said, this is one of those occasions where the movie is so much better than the book. The book was simply far too long, filled with page after page after page of endless errand running for a rude boss. We get it already! The movie was able to get the point across much more dramatically AND QUICKLY by simply showing the boss toss one coat after another (indicating day after day) onto her poor assistant's desk. There were simply too many times I dozed off reading this book, but I labored on. The endless complaints about the useless errand running also got to me after a while, to the point where I simply didn't like the main character all that much anymore. She didn't seem to have any self respect, and the explanation that she was doing this as a means to be able to pick anywhere she wanted to work after a year didn't seem plausible. Enough said--rent the movie.

posted by JustMyTwoCents on February 4, 2009

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  • Posted November 11, 2008

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    Wayyy Better Than the Movie!

    The characters on the book are much better than they are in the movie. Lots of scenarios are different. This is a good book to read on a long flight or a rainy day. There are plenty of "Oh, My Gosh!" moments and it will keep you interested until the very end.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

    Miranda Priestly is the Devil

    I didn't get hooked until I was near the middle of 'The Devil Wears Prada', but I wasn't disappointed by the end.
    For a debut, Weisberger's book was fantastic.
    I can't believe Mrs. Priestly could be such a female dog, and that Andrea Sachs had to suffer for so long.
    I laughed so hard at the part where Andrea finally laid down the law, told Miranda to screw it, and basically lost her job.
    This provides a fresh take on the fashion journalism business, I think.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2006

    A Boss to Avoid!

    I thought the book was hilarious and unimaginable to a certain extent while describing the idiosyncracies of Miranda Priestly.. a must read in your free time.. the description of the prada bags and jimmy choo shoes in 'The Closet' are fantastic!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2006

    Light-hearted and a fun, easy read.

    This book was a fun read and kept me entertained. It's not going to change your views about anything or make you smarter, but it is a nice little break from reality. Great book to take to the beach.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Fun read

    Great book for an on your own girls night!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Fabulous

    It's a lot like the movie, except BETTER. You actually like all the characters (well, except Miranda of course) and can appreciate how well written it is (with proper grammer and everything!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    10 times better than the movie

    I read the book and then watched the movie. Have to say the book is ten timed better than the movie. The book does not disappoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Love the movie

    Movie is great and so is the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    Liked it a lot!

    I'm not a big reader of "chick lit" but I liked the movie so I thought I'd read the book and I'm glad I did. Even though parts of it were kind of cliche and hokey it was definitely an enjoyable read. I especially loved the ending!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    A must read...

    Way better than movie!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Funny

    I loved this book. I thought it was hillareous and I laughed through a lot of it. It was great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Is it like the movie?

    I love the movie, so if the book has the same plot as the movie I'm going to love the book as well. I can not wait to read the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2010

    Liked it a lot

    I thought it was better than the movie in some aspects.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2009

    Way better than the Movie!

    I really enjoyed the book....then I watched the movie....eeehh not even close to as good!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2009

    THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

    This book was pretty great. i liked it alot even though it has some similarities and differences from te book to the movie. i think over all it was edgy. i really liked the book and of course the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

    Good

    Was not a bad book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2008

    The Devil Wears Prada

    I loved the movie, especially Meryl Streep! So I decided to try the book and found it just as much fun1 For anyone who has ever worked for an overbearing, rude, boss...you may find this a fun read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2008

    page turner

    I am a teenage girl who hates reading books, and I never saw the movie 'The devil wears prada', but I just had to read the book. I loved this book, it was so intresting relating the people in the book to real world people that you know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2008

    A page-turner

    I could not put this book down! You really feel for Andrea throughout the book because Miranda seems to be right there giving you orders. You feel all of Andrea's frustrations with her job, boyfriend,and her best friend's problem with alcohol. As the story goes on, you slowly notice Andrea slipping away from who she used to be and turning into someone else, drawing her away from her family and friends. I felt that the frustrations and problems that Andrea faces are very similar to the problems of everyday life. Even though the story was highly unrealistic, I couldnt put the book down because it made me thankful for the life that I have and the people that I have as my friends. It tought me also to be true to myself and dont let my friends and family slowly slip away because of my actions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2007

    Loved it!

    I saw the movie many, many times and finally decided to read the book. Well I couldn't believe just how different the two are. I did enjoy the book and recommend it to anyone who wants a nice light summer read. It'll make you value your job and boss even more!

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