The Devil Wears Prada: A Review

The_Devil_Wears_Prada_coverThe Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger is a novel & popular film with Anne Hathaway & Meryl Streep. I’ve never seen the movie, but I knew that a lot of my fellow actors ADORED Meryl Streep’s acting in the film. I figured if it was a favorite among so many of my fellows, the book would be a good fit.

The story is about Andrea Sachs, a recent Brown grad with ambitions in journalism, but no job to speak of. Andrea is desperate to break into the magazine business [The New Yorker, specifically] and jumps at the opportunity to be Miranda Priestly’s junior assistant. Miranda is the EDITOR-IN-CHIEF of the ever popular fashion magazine Runway.

Andrea hears through the grapevine that Miranda will help her get a good position in The New Yorker… IF she survives a year as Miranda’s personal junior assistant. Entirely degrading and completely life consuming, Andrea struggles through the year, failing in her relationships & friendships all for the greater good of her career.

I felt like this novel was just a little too stressful. I ended up hating Andrea, hating Miranda, hating the world of fashion. It was not a positive read, though still well written. It’s like Mean Girls for businesswomen. Negativity at it’s strongest. Great writing, horrid characters.

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