I really enjoyed this book. My first instinct was to pass it by, as I had already seen the movie, but I'm so glad that I didn't. While definitely chick lit, it's a fun and very entertaining read. There were times that I actually laughed out loud with the author's very humorous writing style. An easy, smartly written, funny book.
I loved this book! I wanted to read it before seeing the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it! Very funny - her boss is truly the devil. What an arrogant witch! I think Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep will do justice to the lead roles!
I read this book after watching the movie. This is kind of my habit to see if I missed any good details...The book definitely has more details and the characters are different than in the movie. I found the book more entertaining and blunt. I am not sure though why in the moviem, they changed the characters so much...Oh well, I still enjoyed reading this book regardless.
I've read this book a couple of times now and it is SO much better than the bubble-gum tween movie version of the story. The film just made the story too cotton-candy cute, not to mention the awful job of casting that was done or the crap job they did in the re-write for the script.
I find the book well-written and not the typical bit of chick-lit puff piece where adult characters are lacking serious problems like alcohol-dependency, work stress and/or a potty mouth. The characters in this book may have jobs we can't relate to, but they have problems in their lives that we can be empathetic towards. The author does a great job of making them believable by using real-life language instead of toning it down just so she can sell to a younger genre that the sugary-sweet substitute of a movie pandered to.
I saw the movie in theaters when it came out a few years ago, and I thought it was "okay." The book is better. It kept me entertained over the holiday weekend. The ending was different than the movie (again, better).
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Hilarious, fast-paced "tell-all" about the world of high-fashion. 22 year old Andrea hires on as the junior assistant to Miranda Priestly, editor-in-chief of Runway magazine and suffers horribly at the whims of her abusive boss. Supposedly Miranda Priestly = Anna Wintour at Vogue (some other characters in the book are also extremely recognisable fixtures at Vogue)--the author was Wintour's assistant for 9 months--but the author denies this. Of course. Who wants a lawsuit, right?
Mediocre writing, but absorbing, especially if you have ever had a horrible boss.
Definitely a chick book! Since I grew up with a father in the fashion industry I wasn't suprised at the the lifestyle led by these individuals...in my opinion, very shallow and materialistic. I found this a quick read and I was pleasantly surprised with the ending when Andy realized that this type of life was not worth it - friends and family are more important than any type of "cut-throat" position where people are easily disposed of.
If you liked the movie, you'll love the book too. The screenplay and the book have different facts, many in fact, but the flavor of the story is the same and has a more realistic, and less fairy-tale quality than the movie. I loved it, a great, fun, easy read.
Really fun book especially if you have ever lived in New York. I have heard that it is "based on a true story". The author is the heroine in the book supposedly.I enjoyed escaping into it- a well written fun book overall.
This book is horribly boring. I had planned on reading the book before seeing the movie, but I don't plan on doing that any longer. The main character is annoying, the work scenario is ridiculous, and you find yourself wondering how anyone with a decent IQ level could bother working for someone so uppity. Then you realize that it would never happen in real life and put the book down in disgust. The author, in a meager attempt to impress upon the readers just how upscale the boss is, goes on and on (and on and on) with lists of various designers and so on. You could easily skip nearly a whole page now and again because of it.
In short, not worth the read unless you're marooned on a desert island and have nothing else to do. Even then, I'm not sure I'd bother.
I really enjoyed this book. Stayed up late till I finished it. But the main character is hard to take. Get a backbone! No job is worth your self-respect! Can a boss be that evil and cruel? Yes, if everybody lets her.
From Publishers Weekly
Most recent college grads know they have to start at the bottom and work their way up. But not many picture themselves having to pick up their boss's dry cleaning, deliver them hot lattes, land them copies of the newest Harry Potter book before it hits stores and screen potential nannies for their children. Charmingly unfashionable Andrea Sachs, upon graduating from Brown, finds herself in this precarious position: she's an assistant to the most revered-and hated-woman in fashion, Runway editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly. The self-described "biggest fashion loser to ever hit the scene," Andy takes the job hoping to land at the New Yorker after a year. As the "lowest-paid-but-most-highly-perked assistant in the free world," she soon learns her Nine West loafers won't cut iteveryone wears Jimmy Choos or Manolosand that the four years she spent memorizing poems and examining prose will not help her in her new role of "finding, fetching, or faxing" whatever the diabolical Miranda wants, immediately. Life is pretty grim for Andy, but Weisberger, whose stint as Anna Wintour's assistant at Vogue couldn't possibly have anything to do with the novel's inspiration, infuses the narrative with plenty of dead-on assessments of fashion's frivolity and realistic, funny portrayals of life as a peon. Andy's mishaps will undoubtedly elicit laughter from readers, and the story's even got a virtuous little moral at its heart. Weisberger has penned a comic novel that manages to rise to the upper echelons of the chick-lit genre.
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 succesful 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 oneof these hip sophisticates into a scared, whimpering child.
The Devil Wears Prada gives a rich and hilarious new meaning to plaints about "The Boss From Hell." Narrated in Andrea's smart, refreshingly disarming voice, it traes 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 antiques store whre 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 escalae from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, however, Amanda 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 it's worth the price of her soul.