Book Reviews of The Devil Wears Prada (Prada, Bk 1)

The Devil Wears Prada (Prada, Bk 1)
The Devil Wears Prada - Prada, Bk 1
Author: Lauren Weisberger
ISBN-13: 9780385509268
ISBN-10: 038550926X
Publication Date: 4/2003
Pages: 368
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 339 ratings
Publisher: Doubleday
Book Type: Hardcover
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reviewed The Devil Wears Prada (Prada, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 3
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.
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Helpful Score: 3
Okay, you have to ask yourself, "Is it okay to read a book about a character you can't stand who is getting beat up by a boss you would have told off right around lunch time on your first day?"
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Helpful Score: 2
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!
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Helpful Score: 2
Just could not get into this book. I put it down and came back several times and still was not able to finish it. I guess it was just not my cup of tea.
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Helpful Score: 2
I saw the movie first and was expecting a light comical read and did not get it. If not compared to the movie the book is very good. Just don't expect a comedy.
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Helpful Score: 1
I really liked this book. It was fun, entertaining, uplifting, and laugh-out-loud funny. Such a joy of a book. The movie was great, too. :)
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Helpful Score: 1
Quite an interesting look into the magazine and fashion worlds. A fun read!
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Helpful Score: 1
if you've seen the movie then you definitely need to read the book.....if you think its gonna be the same as the movie...GUESS AGAIN!!!
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Helpful Score: 1
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.
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Helpful Score: 1
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.
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Helpful Score: 1
Much more fun than the movie with more insights into the cut-throat world of New York fashion. Humorous and well-written, it's a chic lit book you won't be embarrassed to read in public!
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Helpful Score: 1
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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Helpful Score: 1
This was a fun, fluffy, fast read that made me chuckle more than I thought I would. In fact, I'd thought I'd hate it, but I really surprised myself by actually loving it.

Yeah, it's not the world's greatest literature. But it's become a classic of contemporary fiction, and deservedly so.
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Helpful Score: 1
I REALLY didn't like this book. The heroine just created all her own problems and she seemed to think the world owed her something. Get a life already!
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Helpful Score: 1
A sometimes fun/sometimes painful tale of a toxic work situation -- the boss is awful, but the employee sneers at the whole fashion scene--so the outcome is well, predictable.
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Helpful Score: 1
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.
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Loved this book. Very funny read.
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I loved this book-great vacation read!!!!
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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.
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I really liked this book! I loved how it ended. I'm anxious to see the movie now, even though I doubt it will be better than the book.
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A funny look at a fledgling career in the fashion industry.
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Good book
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Better then the movie!!!
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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.
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Funny, smart, interesting...easy to enjoy
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Excellent! Soooooooooo funny!
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Better than the movie!
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great author book better then movie !!1
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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.
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Great book and great author as well! Definitely reccomended!
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A great, fun read. I couldn't put it down!
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I loved this book! Every recent college grad looking for a job should read this one!
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A good read - couldn't put it down.
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Wow-this book was great!
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stylish, fun read
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Funny, funny, funny. I don't know how Andrea could stand being the assistant to the boss from hell, Miranda.
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This was such a fun book. I really enjoyed it.
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WOW- wanted to read it before the movie===so AWESOME---Reallly great novel
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A small town girl finds the job a million girls would die for--assistant to the fabulously successful editor of Runway magazine, who turns our to be the boss from hell. Hilarious and cleverly written.
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Very interesting to see how much one person will put up with from a horrendous boss - makes me look forward to seeing the movie. Recommended chick-lit read.
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Very good book. Sooooo funny. A bit drawn out, but I still enjoyed it very much.
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I thought it was a pretty good book. I am not sure if I would as been as into it if I had not already seen the movie.
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unfortunately this is one case where I actually thought the movie was better. i enjoyed the book enough, but probably should've read it first to have enjoyed it more. oh well..
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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.
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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.
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Too funny! I enjoyed being in her life through the pages of this novel.
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Lauren Weisberger takes us on a self-congratulatory journey through the fashion world.
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Had fun reading it. I haven't seen the movie but the book is wonderful.
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A bit stressful - but good:)
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Loved this book - and one of the few times that the movie was every bit as enjoyable as the print version!
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I really enjoyed this book. Although fun, this is not a fluffy chick lit book.
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This is a former library copy, just so there are no surprises. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Fast, fun read.
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Smart, funny -- I loved this book.

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.
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You have to read the book before you see the movie. The book is so much better than the movie. I wouldn't even bother watching the movie. They cut so much out of the book when they made the movie.
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This book does NOT have a dust jacket... it is missing since I got it used before. The hardcover is fine, it's just missing the outer sleeve.
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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.