Goodreads Synopsis: 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 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 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.
A movie I have watched countless times and a book I have owned for a few years now but have never read – until now.
I had 2 more books to read to reach my Goodreads yearly book challenge and being the ‘hectic time of year’ that it is now, I wanted an easy read, which I found in this novel.
This is the sort of book you can read in a day if you have the time, that’s how much of an easy read it actually is. You don’t really need to concentrate all that much to remember specific details because the story just flows and the character’s names are easy enough to remember, given that the names are all common and very memorable.
Given that I have seen the movie so many times before reading the book, I did the most annoying thing you can do while reading a book and that is to compare the two. It’s only natural that this happens really. If you read the book before watching the movie, you compare them both while watching the movie, in this instance it happened the other way around.
As I was reading this story, I was picturing the movie and as much as the story was generally the same and the names were the same, some of the character’s descriptions were entirely different, some of the story was completely different and sometimes it was just like I was reading a book that didn’t even have a movie made from it- that’s how different it was at times, which can be a good thing but then annoying because they clearly didn’t stick to the novel while making the movie – they clearly just used it as a guide to get the general idea from it.
The actor’s they chose to portray these character’s were done well as I think they each suited them all. As much as I dislike Meryl Streep as an actress, she did play this part well.
I suppose there are people out there just like Andy, who would rather choose to advance their career above all else, even if that means losing their partner, friends, family and even food privileges, if it means they get to where they want to go career wise but it makes me wonder, is it really worth it? Just reading about Andy’s experience in this novel made me want to yell at her to get her priorities right, but I guess people get blind sighted in the process and don’t realise what’s happening around them until it’s sometimes too late.
In saying that though, I did enjoy reading the book and now am going to read the sequel to it because it has left me wondering where this story could possibly go from here.
Stay tuned for the sequel review!