I decided to read this one after noticing that the sequel had recently come out. I did see the movie before, so I had some idea of what I was getting into. So here is my review of The Devil Wears Prada by Laruen Weisberger.
My first (and probably biggest) complaint is that I just don’t see how Andy would ever get this job in the first place. I just can’t imagine a position opening up for a major company in the fashion industry going to someone who doesn’t know or care about fashion. If it’s the job a million girls would die for, why not pick one of them? They are more likely to put up with the beating because it’s really worth it for them. I can completely understand it being a great gateway into a different job in the fashion world. I just never got on board with the idea that putting that year in is a reasonable step towards Andy’s ultimate goal of writing for The New Yorker.
I am by no means a fashionista but I found the insights to the fashion industry pretty interesting. It was harsh and petty and something I would rather chew glass than be a part of…but it made for an entertaining read. In terms of non-fashion characters I also thought Lilly’s story was both gritty and sad. I didn’t like most of the characters, but I always had strong feelings about them.
I’m curious to see what happens next for Andy-if only because I don’t see her experiences getting her to the New Yorker. I don’t anticipate rereading this any time soon, but it was not bad. I give it two out of five stars.