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Title: The Devil Wears Prada
Author: Lauren Weisberger
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication Date: 2003
Summary: Andrea (Andy) Sachs is hired as a personal assistant to a powerful fashion magazine editor, a job that becomes nightmarish as she struggles to keep up with her boss’ grueling schedule and demeaning demands.
Art Imitating Life?
Confession Time: Before I read the book, I always thought it was an autobiographical account of an experience where the names were changed to protect the guilty. Now, I know that although the story is fictional, it is possibly based on the author’s experience of being an assistant to the one and only maven of all things fashion, Anna Wintour. Of course, Ms. Weisberger would never come out and admit such information because I’m sure that is grounds for being sued. It’s better just to live in the grey area of speculation. I’m sure life is much more fun there.
Shut Up and Slog
This may be an unpopular opinion, but I just could not get over Andy’s whiny nature. She seemed to complain about every aspect of her job and question everything like she, as the newly hired assistant with no prior experience or knowledge of the fashion world, knows more than the Editor-in-Chief or the assistant who just had the job Andy now holds. I understand that it must really suck to basically have to be at the beck and call of a very demanding person, but honey, you signed on the dotted line, so you’re just going to have to deal with it. Besides it’s only for 1 year, and it’s a job that “a million girls would die for!” Plus, if you don’t like it, you can always quit…which is what you did.
Guilt Trips for $100, Alex
My goodness! What was up with everyone making Andy feel so guilty for being busy at the job she is being paid to do and is going to be the giant stepping stone for her writing career. Especially, when those people should be way too busy themselves. Take Alex (the boyfriend, not the Jeopardy host) who starts off supportive and understanding, but soon devolves into a petulant child. Andy and Alex breaking up is probably the best thing to happen to her. She found out that he doesn’t have what it takes to stick it out during the valleys that any good relationship must be able to withstand. As a first year teacher working in New York’s inner city schools, with the hopes and dreams of being the male equivalent of Michelle Pfeiffer from Dangerous Minds, it surprises me that he has the free time to even be worried about how much time Andy is spending at work. With the demanding job of teacher, he should be just as busy, if not more.
Even her parents making her feel guilty about not visiting after her sister, Jill, has a baby was way too much. Are you kidding me?! As an adult person, you know that no matter what your job is, you can’t just take off work for an extended period of time just to visit your newborn nephew. Sorry…but if parents can barely get leave, then I doubt they’re just making it rain PTO on aunties. Why aren’t people realizing that entering the real world and working is not like being in college?! Plus Andy already feels guilty for not being able to be there, so why pour salt in that wound?
Every single character irritated me, but the funny thing is that I was more annoyed at Andy and her crew than I was at Miranda and the Clackers (that sounds like a pretty cool band name). I even liked that the book started in the middle of the action, went back to the beginning, then continued the story. Definitely a nice change from standard storytelling.
The Final Grade
Page Turner: I was engaged in the story from beginning to end. It’s not a book that will be life changing, but it’s a good read when you want something light and breezy. Definitely makes for good beach reading.
So…were you annoyed by all of Andy’s complaining? Were you glad Andy and Alex split? Do you think the book is based heavily on working with Anna Wintour? Do you want the job “a million girls would die for”? Does Miranda and the Clackers sound like a good band name? Let us know in the comments! |RL