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Shvoong Home>Books>Novels & Novellas>The Devil Wears Prada: A Novel Review

The Devil Wears Prada: A Novel

Article Review   by:mtstargirl     Original Author: Lauren Weisberger
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I read this book after seeing it on numerous best seller lists. I needed some fluff reading so, rather foolheartedly, I bought it. To say the least, I was disappointed! The premise was interesting, and the beginning rather funny. Andrea, after having an extreme fever, gets a job at Runway Magazine. Her heartless cold witch of a boss makes impossible demands of her employees. Now the trouble begins- The boss Miranda is never developed as a character, and I never understood why she was so mean, or why the characters put up with it. I kept waiting for the boss to have some deep dark secret, but basically, she was a robot. And the main character! She's spineless throughout the whole novel, and acts as a well dressed doormat. She ditches her friend and boyfriend for her (not paying well) job. This made no sense to me. Oh, and speaking of nonsensical, listen to this quote about the love interest: "His arrogance was attractive, and I couldn't turn away." Well, face it, the guy's a jerk. This might work for a romance novel, but for a real story? Not effective. Let's compare the novel to another part of the "boss tyrant" chick lit: The Nanny Diaries. Although ND was not exactly a masterpiece, it was so much more engaging then this novel. What kept me holding on in this novel was hoping, just HOPING, that by the end, Andrea would stand up to her boss. Well, what did I get? A simple, unimaginative, $#%& you. Come on, I mean, Andrea puts up with a years worth of torture, and that's all she can say? The ending was pathetic, unimaginative, and fell flat on its own high heels. This novel is as plastic as the editors at Runway. It was a waste of good trees. Cheers-Dana
Published: March 27, 2006   
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