I love having a book blog. It helps me start conversations like no other. Just yesterday, I was sitting at my day (or night I could say) job, reading my current read (If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim, which is quite good) and someone asked about my book which launched a conversation about how cool book blogging is. Basically, I’ve learned that reading a book in public is like THE best way to start conversations.
Anyways, The Devil Wears Prada… I am sooo late to this game. Like 14 years late. But that’s okay, because my opinion, its definitely not going to be influenced by the hype that usually surrounds new popular chick-lit books. I try not to be influenced anyways, but you know how it goes.
Synopsis: A delightfully dishy novel about the all-time most impossible boss in the history of impossible bosses and the basis for the major motion picture starring Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep.
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 eye 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.
Things I enjoyed about this book:
1. Snarky, sassy humor. I think Lauren Weisberger and I could be good friends. Some of the things that were said were completely the kind of remarks I would make. The sarcasm that drips off Andy’s words sounds just like me after a long, stressful day.
2. Humorous anecdotes. I am not going to say that the repetition of the tasks that Andrea complained about was fun to read, but the crazy stuff made me chuckle a time or two. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy reading about all the insanely rich and fashionable and all the dumb things they do, while simultaneously wishing you were them?
3. Quick Read. Let’s be honest… Why read chick lit if you’re gonna sit forever reading it. Chick lit is supposed to be fun and flirty and all the feels (with a few notable exceptions). This book is not an exception. There’s clothes, there’s drama, there’s boys… Andrea’s a girly girl (even if she’s helplessly faux fashion) and the book is quick and light – a great kind of read after the last couple books I had.
So what didn’t I like? (1 is a spoiler – beware)
1. The ending was childish. No offense, but how can people act like Andrea was actually justified in cursing her boss out and going home. I’m a young professional and I have a sort of devilish boss, but would I ever yell obscenities at her? C’mon now, there are other ways to respectfully tell your boss off. I get that it was her breaking point, but she was in this situation for a year… and the editor of Seventeen commending her for her outburst? My eyes literally saw what my brain looks like with the eyeroll that one got from me.
2. The timing was really hard to keep track of. The way that the storyline would jump back and forth, or something would be repeated like 6 months later actually confused me quite a bit. I’m not sure if the different sections were written at different times and then later edited together, but it felt a little bit like that. A chunk of this here, a block there and a little glue to hold it all together. Maybe it’s just me though…
3. Two-dimensional antagonists. In the era of shows like Breaking Bad, where we actually root for the bad guys, the two dimensional, all evil antagonists really upset me. Everyone knows that even the bad guys have soft spot and even the most vapid of blondes (please don’t hate me for this stereotype, I’m a blonde at heart) have some intelligence. So the whole Miranda is the devil, Emily is brainwashed, and the Clackers have no brains is really outdated. Of course, I did read the book a whole 14 years after publication, but I’m sure even then bosses were stressed, assistants wanted to keep their jobs, and it wasn’t a crime to be fashionable. Correct me if I’m wrong in these wild assumptions.
All in all, I would give this read 3 stars. It didn’t suck, but I also felt like it was a little discriminatory and shallow. I do want to watch the movie though. By all accounts, its supposed to be much better than the book. For those of you who’ve watched it, what are your thoughts? Book or movie?