A sharp, witty and hugely entertaining debut novel, "The Devil Wears Prada" is "The Nanny Diaries" set in the world of high fashion. Welcome to the dollhouse, baby! When Andrea first sets foot in the plush Manhattan offices of Runway she knows nothing. She's never heard of the world's most fashionable magazine, or its feared and fawned-over editor ...
A sharp, witty and hugely entertaining debut novel, "The Devil Wears Prada" is "The Nanny Diaries" set in the world of high fashion. Welcome to the dollhouse, baby! When Andrea first sets foot in the plush Manhattan offices of Runway she knows nothing. She's never heard of the world's most fashionable magazine, or its feared and fawned-over editor, Miranda Priestly. But she's going to be Miranda's assistant, a job millions of girls would die for. A year later, she knows altogether too much: That it's a sacking offence to wear anything lower than a three-inch heel to work. But that there's always a fresh pair of Manolos for you in the accessories cupboard. That Miranda believes Hermes scarves are disposable, and you must keep a life-time supply on hand at all times. That eight stone is fat. That you can charge cars, manicures, anything at all to the Runway account, but you must never, ever, leave your desk, or let Miranda's coffee get cold. And that at 3 a.m. on a Sunday, when your boyfriend's dumping you because you're always at work, and your best friend's just been arrested, if Miranda phones, you jump. Most of all, Andrea knows that Miranda is a monster who makes Cruella de Vil look like a fluffy bunny. But also that this is her big break, and it's going to be worth it in the end. Isn't it?
The book is highly amusing with the over the top inconsiderate boss. A tale of how your work can take over your life and cast a shadow on some of the more important things.
Motivated to make herself into a success, while still getting in her personal jabs at "Her" Andrea/Andy makes a witty protagonist. Working for a woman that offers only the vagues of directions, wants it two seconds ago, and finds fault in everything can certainly be trying, but its the warped world around her is sometimes even more amusing.
While I have not yet seen the movie, I find it hard to believe that it can be overly true to the book which is liberally sprinkled with some cursing, and an alcoholic best friend that appears to sleep with anything.
Overall, a good read, but may not be suitable for the younger set.
May 11, 2007
Have a break from your own life!
Want to get away from your life and hear about someone else's life for a while? Well do that with this! I loved this book. From the sassyness of Miranda to cheering Andy on to do the right thing! This is one of those reads that you wish would never end! This book feels like you are right there with Andy watching her live her life. A TRUE page turner!!!!
Apr 20, 2007
Movie was better
I liked the book but enjoyed the movie much more. It was still a good read.
Apr 1, 2007
I love this book! Probably has something to do with the fact that my boss is just like Miranda. I saw the movie too, but the book is better! My favorite line is "I contemplated calling in fat today." I laughed out loud so many times! Quick read, really hard to put down. Highly recommend this book!
Publishers Weekly, 2003-03-17 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 it-everyone wears Jimmy Choos or Manolos-and 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. Agent, Deborah Schneider. (Apr. 22) Forecast: Author readings in New York, the Hamptons, Dallas, Miami, Boca Raton, Atlanta, San Francisco and L.A. should target moneyed young women, as should a photo of the author's youthful face on the book's back cover. The publisher's hoping this will be the next Nanny Diaries, and with all the promo and pre-pub chatter in the New York Observer, Salon and elsewhere, it just might. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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