The Devil Wears Prada

Weisberger, Lauren, 1977-

Paperback - 2004
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Devil Wears Prada
Random House, Inc.
From the author of REVENGE WEARS PRADA, a delightfully dishy novel about the all-time most impossible boss in the history of impossible bosses.

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 successful editor ofRunway 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 one of these hip sophisticates into a scared, whimpering child.

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA gives a rich and hilarious new meaning to complaints about “The Boss from Hell.” Narrated in Andrea’s smart, refreshingly disarming voice, it traces 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 antique store where 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 escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, however, Andrea 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 the job is worth the price of her soul.

Baker & Taylor
A small-town girl fresh out of an Ivy League college lands a job at a prestigious fashion magazine, but wonders if the glamorous perks are worth working for the editor from hell.

& Taylor

Landing a coveted position as the assistant to a prominent fashion magazine's editor, Andrea Sachs immerses herself in the office's appearance-driven culture and her employer's idiosyncratic demands in the hopes of launching her own career. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2004, c2003
Edition: 1st Broadway Books trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 0767914767
Branch Call Number: FIC W
Characteristics: 360 p. ; 21 cm.


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Aug 30, 2014

The devil wears Prada was a pretty good read. The story revolves around Andrea Sachs, a girl straight out of college who happens to get a job “a million girls would die for” . She becomes the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the ever so stylish editor of Runway magazine. Miranda Priestly is pretty much the definition of “the boss from hell”, she’s rude, demanding, and doesn’t even bother to learn Andrea’s name. In a whirl wind of events, Andrea finds herself in a world of designer names and beautiful people everywhere. All Andrea has to do, is hold you for just one year so she can pursue her real dream, but is it really worth it? To sell your soul to a terrible boss who will never see you as an equal? Andrea’s job is very time consuming, she doesn’t even have time for her best friend or boyfriend, the path to success is difficult, but there isn’t just one option. I love chick lits, and even though this wasn’t my favourite, it was a pretty good book. I admired Andrea’s ambition, and I don’t think many people would hold out as long as she did. I liked reading about Andrea’s adventures Miranda made her go on, as terrible as they were. I always assumed there would be an ending where the Andrea found out why Miranda is so horrible, but I guess some people are just terrible, or maybe that’s what the sequel is for. Overall, I thought this book was pretty good, I’m not sure if I would recommend it to anyone or if I would read the sequel, but it was a quick air plane read.

Aug 21, 2014
  • kindrabirss rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I picked up this book because I was hoping for a funny quick read. It really wasn't that funny and was mostly just anxious as the narrator was always stressed. I watched the movie again after I read the book and the book was much better, but I don't think I would recommend it and I wouldn't read again. It was just ok.

Feb 22, 2014
  • shadyladynz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed this book. Glad I watched the movie first as I could totally picture Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and Anne Hathaway as their respective characters.

Jun 21, 2013
  • JCLAshleyF rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book was an enjoyable, light, and quick read. It was good, but just good, not great. This book makes for a good vacation read.

Dec 18, 2012
  • Liselara rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I saw the movie first a long while ago but when I saw a used paperback at the library on sale for a dollar, I picked it up. The movie was terrific and that's the only reason I bought the book, thinking it would be great for a laugh (and it was in some places). If it had been the other way around (i.e. read the book first), I might not have seen the movie and that would have been tragic because the person who wrote the screen play took a mediocre work and turned it into an artistic classic.

Dec 02, 2012
  • lozza1401 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Not quite like the movie but it was an enjoyable read that made me laugh at times. More points for plot than writing.

Jun 21, 2012

Kind of long winded- I watched the movie first though so I thought it would be faster paced.

Dec 18, 2010
  • bethany_whitebear rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Much, much better than the movie!

Nov 20, 2010
  • Firebird049 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book was hilarious for me as it brought back some terrifying memories that I can now see were actually quite funny. I had a boss very similar to "Miranda" the year after I finished high school. I lasted almost two years in that job before I quit & she fired me. Horrible bosses really do exist.

Sep 02, 2010
  • JacobSalvatoreBlack rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book was really good in the end!

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Sep 29, 2009

Andrea Sachs goes to work for Miranda Priestly, the editor of Runway magazine, and has to find a way to cope with her boss's insanely over-the-top behaviour.


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