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The Devil Wears Prada / Edition 1

The Devil Wears Prada / Edition 1

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by Lauren Weisberger

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ISBN-10: 0307275558

ISBN-13: 2900307275553

Pub. Date: 05/30/2006

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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


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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The Devil Wears Prada 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 651 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did quite enjoy this book but not one character was a rounded three dimensional character. Not at one point in the book do you ever find yourself rooting for Andy or feeling any kind of emotion for that matter. On the surface this book is a good with a good idea but that is just the problem the book remains surface.
Christina92 More than 1 year ago
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.
Tamara87 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some may or may not know, but THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA is about the editor of Vogue Magazine at Conde Nast. Okay, so they changed the names, etc, but it's still the same story, and as someone who worked at that company briefly, I can tell you that every word is true. In fact, I think Weisberger toned it down for purposes of telling the story and 'getting it out.' Frankly, no one would believe the horrendous things that go on in publishing, the movie business, and other areas that deal with media and making a buck. I was reminded more than once of two other books that deal with New York and the way things are messed up---BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY by McInnery, and KATZENJAMMER by McCrae---and while both are really good, THE DEVIL is more up-to-date. Then of course, there's the movie that's just come out. Duh! That doesn't hurt. At any rate, this is one book you should read if you want to know (and avoid) the publishing industry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
She is not my direct boss, however, she was the boss of one of my very close friends... who... luckily for her has not only left the company, but the state! This person is the head of a one of the divisions of a world wide company... and calling her the Devil is being quite nice! I had to write something because of someone elses comment here that the book is unrealistic... you know... until you've walked a mile in there shoes??? Never say never! This book is so right on it's like it followed this evil woman around where I work. Just be happy the Devil isn't your boss... because she is alive and well in Orange County, California!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The problem with this book, although it is entertaining, is that it could just about be cut in half. We didn't need quite that many chapters to agree with how horrible the boss is to everyone. Any other aspect of the main character's life was so outnumbered by the Miranda stories that it didn't have much depth. Which, left the ending to seem succinct and missing something. I'm glad I read 'Everyone Worth Knowing' first because it was pretty much the same scene but more entertaining. I doubt I'll read Weisberger again- I'm just not into the pretentious, high society fluff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book about working for the meanest boss ever. I thought it was very funny. I really enjoyed and appreciated Andrea's wit and charm that she used to get her through each work day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a tomboy and loving sports, I secretly loved this book. While the movie is very different from the book, I found myself watching the movie repeatedly. Then I found out it was a book, and decided to give it a read. I could not put this book down. The writing was fun, but not watered down. I felt like I was in Andrea's shoes. It gives you a somewhat factual glimpse of the assistant life, depending on your boss. If you want to read something different, or you're into elaborate books (The Help, The Kite Runner...) read this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is way better than the movie. Its way more detailed and its just all around a fun read.
ohmyjulie More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An end of the kind that plops. I liked the book and the movie. I admired what she did but the ending bothered me. It felt like everything fell and no one was sure if it was in the right place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first few pages were good and were what made me decide to buy the book. After that I struggled to get through this book, it was so poorly written: jumping back and forth between story lines and the second story line was just sap. Reading the book ruined seeing the movie for me. When I tried to watch the movie all I could think of was how much I hated the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you liked the movie read the book.... They are not the same. I read the book long before the movie came out and was completely disapointed in the movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, but also kinda dumb. Can you be both ;)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've watched the movie, and both are definitley great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Movie was better!
BookwormReflects More than 1 year ago
The Devil Wears Prada By Lauren Weisberger Andrea Sachs has recently graduated college and is trying to find a job that will someday lead her to working for The New Yorker, when she is hired by the most exasperating and demanding woman on the face of the planet, Miranda Priestly. Throughout the novel Andrea is forced day after day to do increasingly demeaning tasks and sacrifice her relationships with everyone around her, when she begins to change into someone unrecognizable even to herself she decides enough is enough. The entire book is a satirical look at having a demanding boss which I am sure everyone can appreciate in one form or another. It’s witty and well written the only fault I have with it is that Lauren Weisberger seems to have some problem with southern people and describes them as tasteless, the main character even belittles the fact that her sister and brother in law live in Houston and have started to speak with southern accents. I am not quite sure why she finds this necessary but coming from Texas, I didn’t enjoy it whatsoever. It is completely unlike the movie which is a good thing I didn’t particularly enjoy the movie, the ending of the book was very lacking however it almost feels as though it didn’t end at all she just decided to quit writing. This is definitely a book you will have to read for yourself to see if you like it or not as for me it had its good points and it’s bad so I am not even sure if I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was amazing. I wouldn't have changed a thing if my life depended on it. The author does an amazing job to make the reader feel like they are watching from the sidelines aand cheering the realistic charachters on. More than highly recomended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A crashing bore. Couldn't force myself to finish this one. I wasn't looking for deep insights, but I expected to be entertained. Watch UGLY BETTY instead.
Guest More than 1 year ago
no matter what anyone says, i was one of the first to read this book becasue i have never encountered anyone in my lifetime that is more obsessed with new york city, saratoga springs, and the fashion world as well as its surrounding culture. i immensly enjoyed this book and passed it along to many of my friends. this is probably my favorite books becasue it takes me back to being in new york.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would suggest the author to have more work experience and of her own and then to write the book and judge the bosses. It¿s very annoying the 'princess' writing about herself: ¿Poor me, Poor, me!¿ I would say to Miranda: ¿Grow up, others have really worst and truly hard jobs. If you do not like this one, go and change it. Do not be Princess, be a human. And do not complain about others who really worked hard to build the real business and you created nothing in your life. The complain does not help your attitude towards your life.¿