Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
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..
Lisa's Review 3 out of 5 stars
It has been years since the release of The Devil Wears Prada, a book that I loved, and following that, the release of the film, that, even with the big changes they made to from the book, is one of my favourite book-to-films, mainly in part for Meryl Streep's fantastic portrayal of the cold hearted Miranda Priestly. So I was rather excited when I discovered the follow up book, and had high hopes for Revenge Wears Prada.
We catch up with Andy 10 years after that famous exit on Paris. She is on the verge of being married, and running her own magazine with her ex Runway enemy, Emily, who surprisingly is now one of Andy;s best friends. This in itself seemed a bit of a stretch for me, and although the forming of their new friendship was covered, it seemed kind of skimmed over and more detail needed to go into it.
As for the rest of the book, it seemed kind of mundane. There just wasn't enough excitement - ok, being honest, there wasn't enough Miranda! The lack of Miranda in this book makes the reader realise just how much of The Devil Wears Prada relied on her character as to Andy's, and she just does not make enough of an impact to make The Revenge Wears Prada as fast paced and exciting as its predecessor.
The whole book had slow feel to it, even some of the more exciting parts of Andy's life just didn't seem that - well exciting! Being a working mum, wife etc just doesn't grip a reader, I'm afraid. It was good to see where Andy's life had moved on to 10 years on, but this book was just lacking that spark that made it brilliant! Even the ending, which was dragged out for a good portion of over half the book, was predictable, and the new characters lacked any depth.
Maybe the fact that the first book was made into such an iconic film because of the actresses, if there was to be a follow up book it needed to be s epic as the first, and unfortunately this failed.
Amazon UK Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns