Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Book Review: "Revenge Wears Prada" by Lauren Weisberger

Revenge Wears Prada Lauren Weisberger
Published: June 4, 2013
ISBN-10: 1439136637
Genre: Chick Lit
Source: Library

Almost a decade has passed since Andy Sachs quit the job "a million girls would die for" working for Miranda Priestly at Runway magazine--a dream that turned out to be a nightmare.  Andy and Emily, her former nemesis and co-assistant, have since joined forces to start a high-end bridal magazine.  The Plunge has quickly become required reading for the young and stylish.  Now they get to call all the shots: Andy writes and travels to her heart's content; Emily plans parties and secures advertising like a seasoned pro.  Even better, Andy has met the love of her life.  Max Harrison, scion of a storied media family, is confident, successful, and drop-dead gorgeous.  Their wedding will be splashed across all the society pages as their friends and family gather to toast the glowing couple.

Andy Sachs is on top of the world.  But karma's a bitch.

The morning of her wedding, Andy can't shake the past.  And when she discovers a secret letter with crushing implications, her wedding-day jitters turn to cold dread.

Andy realizes that nothing--not her husband, nor her beloved career--is as it seems.  She never suspected that her efforts to build a bright new life would lead her back to the darkness she barely escaped ten years ago--and directly into the path of the devil herself...

My Thoughts:
I expected to give this book a much higher rating--not because I had such high expectations, but because I had such low expectations.  I read The Devil Wears Prada shortly after it was published and wasn't impressed.  However, I did enjoy the movie and was in need of something light, so I decided to give this sequel a go, even though I didn't expect it to be anything spectacular.

Sadly, my low expectations were not met.  I couldn't quite figure out what this book was supposed to be.  Was it about Miranda Priestly exacting revenge?  Was it about Andy's new life and trying to find balance?  Was it about her marriage?  The story sort of wandered aimlessly in these areas without any sort of direction.  I also found the voice in the book to just be, well, off.  After finishing this book I went back and checked The Devil Wears Prada and found that book to be written in the first person voice while this book was written in the third person voice.  I know that seems like a little thing, but it really threw me when I was reading this.

I also felt like I was reading the third book in a trilogy instead of a sequel.  So much time had passed between the two books and Weisberger spent so much time going over what happened in that decade that I kept feeling like I was missing an entire book.

I found the arc of the story to be incredibly predictable.  I knew how Andy would end up at the end of the book by the end of the first chapter.  I kept looking for twists and turns, but none came.  I really didn't see anything truly creative in this book.

The one positive thing I can say about this book is that Weisberger's description of Andy's post-Miranda PTSD is very realistic.  My last job was a den of toxicity and I still, almost 5 years later, still experience the nightmares and such that Andy goes through.

I guess my one hope for this book is, if they decide to make a movie of it, they work the same magic on it as they did with The Devil Wears Prada.  Yes, sometimes the movie really is better.

I was not solicited for this review and I received no compensation.  All opinions are mine.

1 comment:

  1. I couldn't agree more about the movie being better than the book.