Recap: It’s been almost ten years The Devil Wears Prada, when Andrea “Andy” Sachs told off her bitch of a boss, Miranda Priestly, and quit the assistant job at “Runway” magazine “that a million girls would kill for.” In those years, Andy’s life has been revamped. She and her boyfriend broke up. Her best friend moved away. She’s now close friend with her former “Runway” colleague, Emily, and together they run their own wedding magazine. Also Andy is about to marry a sexy millionaire named Max.
It’s all well and good until her own wedding day, when she discovers a note written to Max by his mother — a note that mentions him recently running into his ex (which he never mentioned to Andy) and which tries to talk him out of marrying Andy. Andy walks down the aisle anyway and soon learns that in addition to hating her husband, she’s pregnant. Add more problems to the list: Miranda Priestly wants to buy her magazine. Emily and Max see this as an opportunity — a fabulous way to quickly become millionaires and be associated — once again — with the fashion publishers of the 21st century. But for Andy, this is the straw that’s breaking the camel’s back — a move she absolutely doesn’t want to make. After all, it would mean getting back into business with the devil she left in the dust years ago — the one who still haunts her dreams. Can Andy handle it all?
Analysis: If this book tells us one thing, it’s this: Andy Sachs has not grown up very much since The Devil Wears Prada. She’s not working for Miranda and she’s still bitching about her and almost everything else in her life. She makes mountains out of molehills — like getting tested for STD’s when she finds out she’s pregnant because she’s convinced Max is cheating. And while she’s still very career-driven (refreshing!), it’s odd that after leaving “Runway,” she retains her focus in fashion and makes a career out of bridal magazines — a step back from her initial newspaper journalism track.
Revenge reads like your standard “chick lit,” and if you go into it knowing that, you’re probably better off. The book, though not written well, is still a fun, easy read. Unfortunately, much of the first third of it is spent filling the reader in on what’s happened in the last ten years, rather than moving the story forward in any way.
The twist at the end is great and pretty satisfying, but everything explodes and resolves so fast that it almost feels as if author Lauren Weisberger was too lazy to really write it out and explore it. That becomes especially clear when the final chapter fast forwards a year. Not to mention, I’m still scratching my head, trying to figure out when the “revenge” took place and if it really wore Prada.
MVP: Lily. As Andy’s best friend, Lily remains tried and true to our heroin who can’t seem to keep her life together. At least one character is likable!