Title: Revenge Wears Prada
Author: Lauren Weisberger
Publisher/Year: Simon & Schuster 6/4/13
Length: 400 pages
Series: Devil Wears Prada #2
The sequel you’ve been waiting for: the follow-up to the sensational #1 bestseller The Devil Wears Prada.
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 highend 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…
I can’t say that i had the highest expectations of this story – but i think that i was kind of hoping for more. I really enjoyed Devil Wears Prada and the movie was a decent interpretation. The problem now though is that since i’ve seen the movie endless number of times, those are the images that i have in my head and that means that all of the characters in this sequel have to be the actresses/actors and that’s just not right!
So let’s just start with the overview of this story – granted i know that they write things to lure you in, but what you get in the first handful of chapters jive with this but the whole story isn’t necessarily based on it all. I was expecting a bit more drama in a few places and we didn’t get that.
What we DO get is a new found friendship between Emily and Andy which is nice. They had a hate hate relationship back in the runway days, but after re-meeting at a cooking class, being paired together and realizing that it’s not because of themselves that they hate each other, the start to bond. It’s a nice thing for andy given that she’s alone (single since the breakup with Alex), her best friend Lily just moved to Colorado and her parents are getting divorced. Emily is just what the doctor ordered.
Also, we see that Andy is quite strong on her own and we get this throughout the book. After giving Miranda the big ‘F U’, she’s managed to land on her feet professionally and parlay that into something great and amazing both on her own and with the help of Emily.
So, as I was reading this story, there were things that i knew that were going to happen, things that i kind of hoped wouldn’t happen, and a thing or 2 that i was actually a little bit surprised about.
Where this leaves me? My questions for you to think about as you read:
1) How does Miranda fit into everything and is she as bad as we remember, or worse?
2) how strong is Andy and Emily’s friendship really?
3) What’s going to happen with Andy and Max?
4) Do you ever wonder about Alex and Andy? we know that Andy does….:)
so….an average 3 out of 5 stars i’d have to say…not bad but not amazing. Happy Reading!