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Review: Revenge Wears Prada

books2f-2-webRecap: 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!

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Author Lauren Weisberger on ‘Devil Wears Prada’ Sequel

It’s a sequel many reader have been waiting for for 10 years nowRevenge Wears Prada, a follow-up to chick lit author Lauren Weisberger’s The Devil Wears Prada. The Devil Wears Prada was a bestseller when it came out in 2003 and was ultimately turned into a hit movie starring Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep. So how does Revenge Wears Prada compare?

According to L.A. Times, which did an interview with the author last month, Revenge picks up 10 years after Devil. Here, we find the protagonist Andy facing motherhood and marriage as she continues to work, now at a wedding magazine. But Weisberger told L.A. Times reporter Irene Lacher that she made sure to also work on the character of Miranda, Andy’s boss:

There just aren’t that many people who pick up this book and relate on a level of being the head of the fashion and publishing industries simultaneously. Miranda is not the every-page presence that she was in the first book, so I had to up the ante in making her even scarier. That’s why I made her the editorial director of [fictional magazine publisher] Elias-Clark. I gave her more of a position of power to properly torment them.

Though Revenge is on the bestseller list, it’s not doing nearly as well with critics as Devil did. Weisberger says it doesn’t bother her, since her fans seem to love the book regardless. There’s also still no word on whether or not the sequel will be turned into a movie, like Devil was.

As a fan of The Devil Wears Prada, I would really love to read the book. What about you?

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