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The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger July 16, 2009

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The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

The blurb on the book reads:

“High fashion, low cunning – and the boss from hell

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 Preistly.

Soon she knows way too much.

She knows it’s a sacking offence to wear less than a three inch heel to work – but there’s always a fresh pair of Manolos in the accessories cupboard.

She knows eight stone is fat. That you can charge anything – cars, manicures, clothes, to the Runway account, but you must never leave your desk, or let Miranda’s coffee get cold. That at 3am, when your boyfriend’s dumping you because you’re always working and your best friend’s just been arrested, if Miranda phones with her latest unreasonable demand, you jump.

Most of all, Andrea knows that Miranda is a monster boss who makes Cruella de Vil look like a fluffy bunny. But this is her big break, and it’s all going to be worth it in the end.

Isn’t it?”

This book is exceptionally well written as it captures the frustrations and pressures of working life in the real world, yet takes it to the next level where such a demanding boss really can make your life hell.

The plot is well constructed with clear development over the course of the book, and well explained twists and turns. It follows Andrea Sachs as she achieves a high positioned job which will allow her to get any job she wants in the future, as long as she stays there for a year. The job she has is in the fashion industry as a personal assistant to the top fashion editor in the world. Andrea, a down to earth, normal girl who doesnt particularly think about fashion now lives it, 24/7, and has to prioritise between her all important job which’ll set her up for the future, and her friends, family and long term boyfriend.

The characters are generally well written, such as the main character Andrea who has to battle with her priorities, making mistakes that many people can make but leading to disastrous affects, without taking the whole thing too far.

Other characters weren’t developed as far as they could be, for example,  Alex, Andrea’s boyfriend, doesn’t appear to have any flaws and is this perfect guy. Whilst this is good as it shows Andrea’s selfishness in a juxtar position, it makes him far less believable.

I found the story gripping and easy to get into, as well as to follow; it was very easy to lose myself in Andrea’s world. However, the end was disappointing and the development of Andrea was to go backwards and then to end up in the same place, with more experience.

KJ
theBookGirl

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