The Devil Wears Prada: A Novel

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The Devil Wears Prada: A Novel

by Lauren Weisberger

Crown Publishing Group | April 13, 2004 | Trade Paperback

The Devil Wears Prada: A Novel is rated 3.7551 out of 5 by 98.
From the author of REVENGE WEARS PRADA, a delightfully dishy novel about the all-time most impossible boss in the history of impossible bosses.

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 eyes 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.71 in

Published: April 13, 2004

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0767914767

ISBN - 13: 9780767914765

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eight Bookcases Check out my review of Weisberger's work on my blog at: http://8bookcases.blogspot.ca/2012/04/devil-wears-prada-by-lauren-weisberger.html
Date published: 2012-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fashion Industry At It's Best If you are interested in the fashion industry and it's insight this book is certainly for you. I came into this book with a clear because I had seen the movie I did not want to compare it and of course the book is better. I do have to say that Meryl Streep did an amazing job with the character of Miranda Priestly. All in all this is a great read and the best that Lauren Weisberger has written so far.
Date published: 2011-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read!!!!! This was a great book and I could easily call it my favourite. It was very entertaining all the way through and easily relate able. I LOVED it!!!
Date published: 2011-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book was really good. I am not one to know much about designer clothes or fashion, but it seems like a lot of money goes into it and I don't know if I would put myself in the main characters position just for some shoes. The movie was better than the book, but they should have kept the books ending. Overall an okay read
Date published: 2010-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not like the move but just as good. Okay, this is one of my guilty pleasures - plus it has Merryl Streep (who I've loved since Silkwood - ask your parents) and it has the hot-in-her-own-way Anne Hathaway. Having seen the movie soo many times, I finally read the book. While somewhat different than the movie - the book eminates the rank evil of Miranda Priestly and the innocence of Andrea Sachs. In fact, I found the book funnier than the movie. Imagine that. If you haven't read this book - do it now!!! It's that good.
Date published: 2010-04-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Devil Wears No Name After falling absolutely head over heals in lust with the movie The Devil Wears Prada, I decided to give the novel a try. My friend was always on my case to read it, saying it was “the best novel ever” and I honestly never had the chance to read it besides I thought it would be superficial, shallow and stupid… and I was right. Although the movie focuses on the actual characters, the novel focuses on clothes. The amount of times I had to read what each character wore for each day was disgusting. I would say 1/3rd of the novel was used to describe clothes. If I wanted to know what clothes looked like I would stand in front of a Holt Renfrew window. The story is about a young fresh out of university woman, Andrea Sachs, who wants job in publishing, where she can do what she does best, write. It’s in first person narrative and I honestly believe that some words written in the novel were put in after using a thesaurus. Andrea lands a job at a fashion magazine, Runway, where she is constantly told “a million people would die for your job” She ends up working as an assistant to one of the cruellest workaholics in the industry, Miranda Priestly, the editor-in-chief of Runway. As the story progresses we see Andrea caught in a situation where her personal life merges with her work life until work becomes her life. Aside from the two main characters we get the supporting characters, Alex, the understanding boyfriend, Lily, Andrea’s best friend, Christian, Andrea’s “work crush” and Emily, Andrea’s co-worker along with other meaningless and pitiful characters not worth mentioning. There was no major makeover, nor was there really any character development. The characters all pretty much remained the same in the end just a little more angry and self centered. The plot line is atrocious, the main character is annoying, and the only thing that saves this novel is Miranda Priestly who is wonderfully callous and believable as the “b*tch-boss” from England. Perhaps if I read the novel before I watched the movie I would not be so biased and I would appreciate the novel more, however I cannot appreciate something that is so overwhelmingly shallow as this novel was. But that’s my opinion anyway.
Date published: 2009-10-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed It is always sad when the movie is better than the book. I wanted to like it, honestly, but it fell VERY short of the movie. It was terribly dry and yawn-inducing. The characters were also very one dimensional. I love fashion, but this book made me want to stab my eyes out with the prada pump on the cover.
Date published: 2009-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Movie! I watched this movie and fell inlove instantly! I was suprised, after reading the book, to find that the story of the novel was even more thougtfully woven together than that of the movie! A must read for anyone who enjoyed the movie!
Date published: 2009-02-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from pretty good A very light read, I suppose I would say it was a good book to pass time. Dont be expecting anything too unique and wonderful out of this book though.
Date published: 2008-10-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wickedly amusing This book depicts "the Boss from Hell "it is wickedly amusing and I had plenty of chuckles reading it. You will find yourself plummeted into the cut throat world of fashion publishing. The author writes in a very entertaining style, her account of the life at the top of a fashion magazine appears to be simply hilarious for those looking in from the outside.
Date published: 2007-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost everyone has had a bad boss/job I found this book really relate able since I have had both a bad boss and a bad job in the past. A young graduate student who wants to be a journalist ends up as a fashion assistant for one of the most demanding, self-absorbed inhumane beings ever. A great read. As always, I will recommend the book before the movie because there is so much more depth in the novel.
Date published: 2007-10-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just Avoid This Novel All-Together This Book Bore Me to Tears I totally fell for all the hype. When I purchased it, the male cashier told me it was SUCH a good book and that he'd in fact read it twice. Just before the movie came out, I'd been hearing buzz about how funny this novel was, and what a treat. Yeah...a dog treat. The first 200 pages are nothing but name-dropping and an exhausting litany of "omg, my boss is crazy." Yeh... I got that within the first 25 pages, so it's really unnecessary to go over it for another 175. This is also the premise of the whole story, so we expect that already and hope for more plot development. No such thing. It's paragraphs and paragraphs, pages and pages of nothing but designer name-dropping and price-dropping ($3000 for a pair of high heels?!). The character development consists of "but I like fatty foods" to "well, skipping one meal won't hurt." Well, I'm so glad she stuck to her guns. Terrible. In the last half of the novel she mentions the Stockholm syndrome and victims identifying with their abusers... She could have been describing herself. One minute, she goes from cristicizing her boss, to out and out defending her and admitting that she is in fact this almighty wonderful person. Then she goes ahead and does the same with her co-worker who does nothing but mock and condescend to the protagonist the whole novel. Absolutely nauseating. And don't even get me started on the ending and her complete and utter lack of compassion for her own best friend... and the revelation that Christian's role in the novel was absolutely useless. Terrible.
Date published: 2007-05-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wasn't bad If I could have given this book a maple leaf and a half I would have. It was really hard to get into this book, I had to force myself to finish it so that I could know how it finished. Lauren Weisberger's next novel "Everyone worth knowing" is MUCH better, I suggest reading that one.
Date published: 2007-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! What a great chick lit.... good plot, not too stupid or light, and not too cheesy. Definitely worth reading, and I would recommend reading it before watching the movie, as the book is miles better.
Date published: 2007-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT The book was very great and i loved the movie. Miranda is a witch though any one who puts up with that is crazy. it is defintley a great book and i would recommended it to anyone. Lauren Weisberger is a excellent author i also recommend "everyone worth knowing" which is also another great novel.
Date published: 2007-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book!! This was a great book to read. Very funny and interesting. I can't wait to see the movie!
Date published: 2006-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book is Better Than the Movie Although I did enjoy the movie, the book was much better. My sister lives in LA - another fashion industry mecca - and what I appreciated about the book was the dig it takes at how seriously people take an industry that is in reality shallow and superficial. In the book, Miranda Priestly has very few spoken lines and her character predominates just by her persona. So I was interested in how Meryl Streep would play that role in the movie. Unfortunately, the movie changed the plot(s) in the second half from what was in the book to give her more speaking parts. I would read this book again. And see the movie again. Although they differed somewhat, they were both entertaining by mocking a shallow industry that is taken much too seriously by people.
Date published: 2006-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic book,truly enjoyable i think that the devil wears prada is a book on achievement,over achieving to climb the social ladder,Miranda (the fashion expert) hires someone with no experience in the fashion industry, the girl that she hires has excellent qualifications in journalism,the girl really wanted to work for the New Yorker,the girl wanted a recommendation from Miranda for the New Yorker. Miranda was hard to work for, demanding, perfectionist, but,in the end,the girl and Miranda grew to like and respect each other. Moral to the story, people can have different goals and objectives in life, and still appreciate each other. And success is not eveything
Date published: 2006-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Devil Also Wears Gucci, Dior, Versace, etc.. Chicklit Comedy and black humour spill out in oodles with this razor sharp wit tale of working with those at the top. Not all powerful bosses are created equal but wow ...this one is fascinating and disturbing in the fasionista-nazi way. Beware the devil with the blue dress on ...or any other color for that matter.
Date published: 2006-08-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cotton Candy I was very disappointed in The Devil Wears Prada. It is a poorly written novel about a whiny protagonist who garners little sympathy from the readers. She endures humiliation from her boss and alienates those who love her in order to get ahead. I can see that people love this book, and I can understand that it is very tempting to flip the pages of the novel on a beach, where you don't want to think. However, if you're seeking good literature, and like to savour fantastic ideas, you're looking in the wrong place. This is a cotton candy novel - lots of nothing and leaves you with a nasty feeling that you just wasted your time and money.
Date published: 2006-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Movie Didn't Do it Justice I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie, but as in a lot of case, the movie did not meet my high expectations. I enjoyed the book immensely. Quite well written, relatable characters, and a great plot. Loved the way Miranda was played out in the book. A solid read from start to finish.
Date published: 2006-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone has had a boss like this Flash backs to a past manager almost stop me from finishing this novel. It was funny, crazy and hopfully hits home to many.
Date published: 2006-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book This was a great book to read. I wasn't able to put it down as it was very funny and interesting. I highly recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laugh out loud hilarious! I thought this book was absolutely hilarious. Many times I laughed out loud and some of the amazing situations the main character found herself in. I loved how I was able to really hate Miranda yet at the same time understand her. I also loved the ongoing comentary about the fashion industry and how it objectifies women. All in all, if your looking for a light, funny book to pass your time away this is the book for you.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I couldn't put it down! The Devil Wears Prada has a witty, devilish use of sarcasm. It makes you want to grab a phone and call up all your girlfriends to gossip about the latest fashion, not to mention a certain fashion magazine editor, who enjoys making living hells out of the lives of her assistants. There are names for people like her, we just don't mention them in polite conversation.
Date published: 2006-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely entertaining This was a good story about overcoming obstacles and learning what should come first in life. It was entertaining and funny but not amazing.
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed Feelings This story wasn't gripping in its plot. What kept me reading was wondering how long Andrea would take the abuse and how she would quit. Because we know it would be inevitable. The ending left me with mixed feelings. I'd recommend this to someone who enjoys chick-lit, but not to anyone who is looking for a great plot or character development.
Date published: 2006-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Summer reading For the most part, this book was entertaining, the characters were enjoyable and amusing. A few of the Weisberger's characters have eccentricities about them, that oddly enough make them relatable to people you may come across in everyday life. I'm not quite sure that I enjoyed the conclusion of the book, I personally would have liked to see the end go in a slightly different direction. All in all, however, this was a good summer read, nothing too heavy to weigh on your mind during the carefree summer months.
Date published: 2006-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Witty and Fun! Gives a great insight into the most sought after glamorous lifestyle of the rich and/or famous. Provides a great read with plenty of laughter and excitement. Weisberger has enticed the reader with every detail and description of her characters and their never-ending frustrations and enjoyments in their lives. A fun and relaxed read!
Date published: 2006-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Devil Also Likes Scarves Although this story is far from being a classic such as "Great Expectations", and it is not remarkably excellent in terms of depth, it is a snappy and witty novel all the same. This book is narrated by Andrea Sachs, a graduate who is dying to break into the journalism industry. But, life always has something in store for you, and Andrea, or Andy, finds herself as the new junior assistant to Miranda Priestly, the editor-in-chief of the greatest fashion magazine ever: Runway. Although quite a long distance away from the job of her dreams, Andy has heard that a one-year stint under Miranda will shoot you up to the top. Determined, Andy thinks that there is nothing that Miranda can do to throw her off track. But, as is always the case with our unfortunate protagonists, she is horribly mistaken. Miranda turns out to be, as Andy puts it, "schizophrenic". She will think of the most unimaginably difficult tasks, refuse to give you details, and when you return, tell you that she'd already explained it, and then demand why you can't perform such trivial activities. A page-turner, as well as a great book to read for a good laugh, "The Devil Wears Prada" will make your day.
Date published: 2006-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very entertaining I found this book very entertaining, the story was interesting and the characters were easy to relate to. Overall, a great quick read, especially in the summer, but there was a problem: The writer isn't very good at, well, writing. As I said, the story was great, characters too, but sometimes, I read a sentence and felt like it just didn't make any sense. But still, a very amusing book.
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loving it this has to be the one of the greatest books i am reading even though i am on page 80 i am loving i seen the movie and i walk into Chapters and i see the book and i said i have 2 have it and the next day i come in i buy the book
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy reading I liked the variety of characters in this book and found that I could easily identify with the anxiety and sometimes agaonising moments of the main character despite working in a completely different field. I would recommendreading the book even if you have already seen the movie. More detail in the book and some funnier moments.
Date published: 2006-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wicked! I finished this book in just under a day. Anyone who has worked for an impossible boss will see themselves in this book. Anyone who has "paid their dues" in the publishing world can relate to this story. The Devile Wears Prada strikes a chord because we are never truly away from our jobs in this day and age, we are always at the disposal of some boss with uber-diva like demands. Our crackberries are always shrilling away with equally shrilly bosses on the other end. The demands are getting more ridiculous by the day and we try meet them because we all want to make it so bad! This book is wickedly funny! Scathingly brilliant! I can imagine whoever the main villainess is fashioned after is turning over in her crypt somewhere! Grab a latte and kick of your Manolos and let the guilty pleasure of this little book take you over.
Date published: 2006-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA is a fantastic book. I loved it. The plot is great and so is the writing. There are some parts that make me feel very anxious, just like the main character.
Date published: 2006-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful For those who have seen the movie but never read the book, READ THE BOOK! It is hilarious, and goes into a lot more detail than the movie could. It starts a bit earlier in Andy's life than the movie does, and the ending is a lot more satisfying in the movie. Very funny book, gets more entertaining with every read. Wonderful debut!
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I'm glad, I'm the boss I recently went and watched this movie before I read the book, but normally it is the other way around. Usually when they make a movie out of a book, the film does not do the written work justice. I was looking forward to reading this book and anticipating that it would be funnier than the movie, but I was disappointed. Not that the writing was not well done, but my expectations for funnier situations happening in the book were not fullfilled. Even so, I still feel that if you want a light read, this book will do the job.
Date published: 2006-07-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from disappointing This disappointing book misled me by the fabulous cover and the long, tortuous year put in by our "heroine" seemed like a dozen put in by me the reader
Date published: 2006-07-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slightly disappointed I thought this book would be funnier. I saw the movie and for one of the few times, the movie is better than the book. Andrea just kept on complaining too much, and who wants to read about a whiner? I was happy about the end result though, however much overdue.
Date published: 2006-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny I've seen the movie and read the book and they are both hilarious although very different. If you enjoyed the movie you should probably try the book.
Date published: 2006-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read The book sucks you in to the point where I was so mad at Andy for taking the treatment from her boss. The detail of the atmosphere and expectations at this job make you appreciate wherever you may be working now!
Date published: 2006-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read I really enjoyed reading this book. It started off kinda slow but after the first few chapters it was hard to put the book down, and the ending wasn't to predictable which is a plus. Definately worth taking the time to read.
Date published: 2006-07-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A book made for film! I didn't think the writing was especially good but I thought the characters were well developed. In fact as I was reading this book, I couldn't help but think it was being written to be made into a movie. It was only after having read it that I learned it "was" being made into a movie! If you are into brand names and artificial people, you should enjoy this book. I gave it to my 18 year old daughter to read. She is in the age goup for which this book was written.
Date published: 2006-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a beach read!!! this was a great funny read!! i think we have all had bosses like this and that is what makes this a book you can really relate too!!! i have recommended it to all my friends! this is the first time i have read from this author and i will for sure read more of her books!
Date published: 2006-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simply Chic I love this book although it has officially scared me out of the magazine/fashion industry. i would hate to have a boss like this one and its true the devil does wear prada. i hoped for more of a less predictable ending though. i kind of wanted her to do something with Christian but hey you can't have everything right? i would recommend it b4 seeing the movie though because i've heard and from what i've seen in the trailers, its completely different.
Date published: 2006-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read! This book was pretty good. I felt it started off kind of slow, but it picked up mid way through and was a page turner. The ending was great and not as predictable as one would think. Although the movie has recently been released, I think the book is worth the read.
Date published: 2006-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!! The Devil Wears Prada is a great book that gives readers a chance to look inside the fashion world. The job a "million girls would die for" doesn't seem too great. Everybody is dying to be a part of that world where people are super skinny and fashionable, but there is so much more to it then that. Being yourself is more important then being someone you are not. Andy (Andrea) deals with trouble in her love life, friendships, and home life. The Devil Wears Prada is a great read for anyone who feels like they have a boss from hell. Read On!
Date published: 2006-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious! I loved this novel! It was so cute and fun to read. I read this while I was working for a horrific woman, so I really connected with the main character. Not only was the plotline fun and energetic, the characters were appealing, and the writing was top-notch. This is definitely a winner in the chick-lite category. I recommend this book to anyone who wants something fun to read and has ever worked for a difficult person, which most people have.
Date published: 2006-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Devilishy delicious And-re-ah! Those words haunt my dreams at night. Miranda Priestly is addictively devilish. It's a page turner you won't want to put down, it's like a train wreck, you just can't stop turning the pages to see what disaster happens next. I've never read a book where the characters are so well written they seem almost real. I just finished it a week ago and am forcing myself not to pick it up and reread it. Excellent work! I look forward to more books from Ms. Weisberger.
Date published: 2006-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic This book was absolutely great! I couldn't put it down. I am not sure if I want to see the movie now because the book was so good i don't know how a movie will do it justice!
Date published: 2006-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down This book was better than I thought it would be. From the time I picked it up I didn't stop till it was finished. Funny and relatible to some extent. Would recomend reading it.
Date published: 2006-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haute Chick Lit Weisberger's tale of a stressed to the max Vogue intern who doesn't belong could send Stephen King sized chills up any impeccably dressed spine. This roman de clef (Weisberger was an intern for Vogue editor Anna Wintour) is so good that it's impossible to put down. Part of you feels incredibly sorry for newly employed run down assitant Andy Sachs, and the other part of you is jealous about all the designer clothes she gets to wear for free. Emily (Andy's co-worker, and Miranda's more senior assistant) is less than helpful , and refuses to a) eat anything or b) say anything bad about Miranda. Andy must navigate her way through the mannequins and employees (one and the same?) of Vogue magazine for the one year she has promised herself she will work there so that she may move on to her dream job at the New Yorker. She wonders though, will she last at Vogue? Or will Miranda drive her crazy? Just read the first 10 pages of the Devil Wears Prada, and you'll be wondering the same thing.
Date published: 2006-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great if you skip over the fashion bits I enjoyed the book and read it pretty much to the end in one sitting because I was curious to see what would happen to Andy after 1 year on the job. I eventually took to skipping the Prada/Gucci/Jimmy Choo ravings in favour of reading the more interesting parts of the story. All in all I was drawn in to the story and bored by the whining at the same time.
Date published: 2006-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait for the movie! It was funny, smart and made me feel much better about my own boss. At least I didn't have to get up at 5am! Now I cannot wait for the movie.
Date published: 2006-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Riveting, Juicy, Page Turner!!! The writing was articulate, witty, and clever. The story was involving, relatable, and completely absorbing. The characters were unique and loveable, and virtually came alive. This book is a perfect escape from our fashion-inept (but we try!) Canadian culture into the world of international couture and New York glamour, through the eyes of someone we can all identify with. It will send you straight to E-Bay searching "Manolo", "Chanel", and "Prada"!! Far more stimulating and intellectual Chick Lit than the usual. Can't wait to see what Weisberger has in store next!
Date published: 2006-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excited for the Movie! Great good book but it got kind of repetative. I enjoyed reading it though and it made me want to move to New York and become an editior...:)
Date published: 2006-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lots of Laughs I loved this book. It was light, funny and refreshing. It gave a little incite into the crazy world of fashion. I laughed out loud!! And a Happy ending ...what more could a reader ask for.
Date published: 2006-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from smart and witty I choose to read this book after I heard that Meryl streep was in the movie, and after reading the book I am convinced that it will make a great movie (although I hate how movies think they need to change little details from the book in their movies!). Anyways, this is a great book, its funny, its smart, and to be quite honest she makes 35,000$ a year (US of course) to ride around in a town car, talk on the phone, pick out clothes and place orders all while sitting at a desk, so be prepared for when she becomes a little whiny (so what she has to go out and get 10 coffees a day and deal with her overbaring boss) I wish I could makethat much doing that job! lol Its a great book if you can put up with Andy getting a little too whiny at times!
Date published: 2006-06-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Devil Yes ... Great read No I read this book and was disappointed after hearing the rave. It is for a younger audience 16 - 24.
Date published: 2006-06-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good story I liked that book but I thought that the story was too much about the horrible Miranda Priesly and how she would treat Andreah. I think that it woudve been better if , sometime, the book could talk about something else...I really liked the end and I thought that it shouldve been like that through the whole book..more action! Exept that, thats a great book the read this summer!
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast and Fun Read Make you glad you don't work in that world! Fun to read and laugh! Love the ending!
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fashion HIT!! Andrea is a fashion faux paux young woman with a dream. She wants to work for a political-style magazine and ends up as an assistant to one of the most powerful women in the fashion industry. Following Andrea as she attempts to be at her boss' beck and call, while maintaining any sort of life of her own, will take you back to your humble beginnings! The Devil Wears Prada is a must read. Simply Hilarious!!
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story I really liked this book about how a young woman deals with a basically psycho boss, and all the other characters at her workplace. It was funny and a great read. I am looking forward to the movie. I think Meryl Streep will make an excellent Miranda.
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A guilty pleasure Overall the Devil Wears Prada is a worthwhile read for those lazy, lay in the sun summer days. The combination of humour and well-developed, interesting characters will pull you in and make you not want to put the book down until the end. Even though the book tends to drag on a little near the end, it is a great read.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far so good I've been reading the book and so far it is good. I feel bad for the main character, but we all sortof have been there (having a hellish boss), i think it is good to realize that mine isn't as bad, and that it will make you stronger.
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from i could take on the devil... i found it difficult to get into this one. It definitely caught my initial interest: the trials and trivials of entering the work force and landing ' a dream job that millions of girls would die for'... but that was shortlived and the remaining chapters went into great detail of the anxieties/pressures from working at a major fashion mag. and under the wings of a neurotic, influential, demanding editior in chief: the devil herself. The outrageous scenarios that were presented to Andrea were initially entertaining, humours in a horrifying way... but propelled into long redundant chapters, barely keeping my interest. That is until Christian! unfortunately, his character was merely a thread unable to support the rest of this lacklustre story. I felt no sympathy for Andrea. Her sheer determination was admirable. I would easily endure any of that to be guaranteed a stab at my own dream position...! It should have ended differently, her character crumbled into someone unrecognizable, leaving me dissappointed.
Date published: 2006-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Such a great read for anyone whose had a less than perfect boss! As a personal assistant I can see where Andrea is coming from but this book relates to everyone whose come out of school and started working in the "real world". Great book!
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Non stop page turner!!! I couldnt put this book down, I laughed, cried and felt like the author had written this book about myself and the boss I have. If you have ever stayed in a job, or been degraded or felt less like a human after work, this book is for you. I dont think the Devil herself could have written a better story...hurray for Andrea...you go girl...lol
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Summer Read! If you haven't worked in the fashion scene or have no interest then this is not the book for you - but for those who have, or have had any boss who is same sex and degrading, then this will be a satisfying read. Lauren Weisberger's characters and little spiteful vengeances are fun to read. Her smart and not over the top dialouge, is well-written and mature for such a young writer. Weisberger succeeds in writing one of the funniest, charming quick reads that has hit the market.
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Funny and fast-paced. Great summer reading. A must read for all budding fashionistas!
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy read This is such a fun read, I couldn't put it down. Provides a good and fun image of what life in New York fashion is all about. The comedy was fantastic. A must read in my opinion...Can't wait to see the movie version.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Summer Read I read this book in a couple days...couldn't put it down! It's definitely entertaining, but I found myself getting stressed out with Andrea. I was reading it before bed and actually had a dream that I was stressed out and being chased by crazy Miranda Priestly! I'm definitely looking forward to reading Weisberger's new book, I enjoy her writing style.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I felt the title was the most original part of this book and it fell flat after the first page. Why anyone would want to endure this book is a mystery. Pick up something else if you want to be entertained.
Date published: 2006-05-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh. Considering this book was promoted as a thinly veiled exposé of Anna Wintour's reign of terror at Vogue magazine it came off as quite a boring read. The average episode of Fashion Television tends to be much juicier. It didn't help that the protagonist, who seems to think she's quite down to earth, comes off as an unsympathetic, condescending snob. There were several times throughout the book where I was hoping someone would strangle her with one of the oft mentioned Hermès scarves. I'm thinking I'll skip the movie (forgive me Meryl Streep ).
Date published: 2006-05-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok I wasn't that impressed. Reading about someone who doesn't ever stand up for herself was rathering uninspiring.
Date published: 2006-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Fun! A great read, on life in the fast lane. Fun to visualize and put yourself into someone else's shoes. I hope that Lauren plans to write a contiuation to the story.
Date published: 2005-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and funny What this author does to portray her boss is quite funny! We've all had difficult bosses, and this author made me feel like the heroine.
Date published: 2005-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It !!! Funny, charming, clever. A++
Date published: 2005-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast Paced I really enjoyed this book. I had a hard time putting it down. I had really expected this girl to go through awful things....but it was nice. In this book you are really on her side. You become envious of her job perks, and wish you were there if ONLY for the Prada! She starts out as your regular girl next door...but turns into Manhattan fashionista. You really see the development in the girls character...and it was nice...I would definitely recommend the book...and am looking forward to her next.
Date published: 2005-08-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from ..thats it? okay, nice title, but it really leads you on. If you want to hear someone complain for 360 pages about a lady that they are scared of and are forced to worship for personal gain (useless asskissing) , you could probably talk to some random people on the street and get a condensed version of such, the only difference is that this involves fashion, which makes it just that little bit better. The ending, well, our heroine didnt exactly win what she was going after, so if you're into the whole metaphorical prize kinda stories then this works. and yeah thats it, it wasnt so great. bye xD
Date published: 2005-07-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Stinker this book started off on the wrong note however it slowly started to get more appealing.....BUT WAIT just when i thought hey this book is not that bad after all it got worse...i kept on reading and reading and nothing would happen it was the most dissapointing novel ever read i didnt even bother reading the ending. Thank god i only waisted a gift card on it not my own money,
Date published: 2005-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!! Couldn't put it down!! This was an amazing book that I simply couldn't put down! I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fun, amzing novel to read!!
Date published: 2005-06-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from what happened to alex? ok, i was dying to read this book ever since it came out... it was an easy read, and i loved the characters... wish something more happened w/ christian though or even with alex. there just wasn't enough juice. AND...what happened to alex? i wanted to know more but the book just kind of ended.
Date published: 2005-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from chris This book was really good - I felt so horrible for poor Andrea but could not understand why kept taking the abuse. Sometimes I felt like the Devil reminded me of my own boss. Of course, definitely not as exagerated but some moments in this book really struck a chord! Anyway, I was getting stressed out just reading it, but I couldn't put it down. A must-read.
Date published: 2005-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from somewhat above average The climax was barely recognizable and I doubt that if she didn't have such a cute way of writing, the book wouldn't be half as famous as it is now. Lauren is very talented and even with a horrendous storyline, she made it work. Otherwise this book would deserve a three.
Date published: 2005-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What is woman literature? This book is so fantastic! I had never heard about Anna Wintour and didn't have any interest in fashion world so i can tell that it was really the wonderfull narrative that kept me laughing for the 410 pages. The only thing i can't understand is why it is classified as woman literature. What is that? I am sure men like to laugh and to read a good story as much as us.
Date published: 2005-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Devil Wears Prada Excellent read! Too funny! Actually made me laugh out loud. This is a very easy read and I would reccommend it to anybody who wants a nice light entertaining read. A definate addition to your library.
Date published: 2005-02-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing Picked the book up after the funny title and enjoyed reading about the first 2 chapters. The climax was hugely disappointing. I enjoyed this author's quirky writing style--a nice change, too bad the climax took forever to be reached and it was awful at best. The only thing I actually enjoyed was her writing style. I did laugh out loud once or twice on the subway...but in general I was disappointed.
Date published: 2005-02-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Why did I just read that? Sometime during a two hour ferry ride I decided to do something other than hide from 'That guy who keeps undressing me with his eyes'. Thus I found myself in the gift shop with this book in one hand and my visa in the other. Another massive blunder. This storyline had a lot of promise, unfortunately it just couldn't get started. I kept wondering if somehow I had managed to miss the climax, or if I had even started climbing the hill. From cover to cover it was a struggle to continue, if you have insommnia then this is the cure you've been looking for. By the last page I couldn't help but wonder why I didn't buy that snowglobe instead.
Date published: 2004-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read! couldn't put it down! This is my second time reading this quirky novel. I couldn't get enough. I loved the humour and the put downs of the fashion world. Even though we all know it's not really like that (paris hilton-say no more!!) I thought it was a great novel, and i don't think that it was long enough, I could have sat for five more hours!lol
Date published: 2004-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from devilishly funny this book was hilarious!!! the plot was fabulous, and it kept me turning pages and laughing at what the devil was doing next! I loved the descriptions of clothes and her glamorous but not so glamorous job. A must read!!!
Date published: 2004-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from devilishy hilarious I thought this was a fabulous book. It was very entertaining and kept me guessing what the devil was up to next and laughing at the outcomes. I highly recommend it
Date published: 2004-09-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Devil is boring I bought this book to take with me on a trip after finding it in a discount bin. The reason it was on sale quickly became evident. I found it uncompelling, trite, and plodding to read. I kept hoping the story would pick up and go somewhere. I was hugely disappointed.
Date published: 2004-09-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too Long I had heard great things about this book; I was very disappointed. It could have been a better book had it been edited a bit better. I think the book repeated itself a lot to demonstrated the craziness of the fashion world. In the end the payoff was just not there. The end did not climax the way I had hoped it would.
Date published: 2004-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I really liked this book, i thought it was funny, clever, witty etc.. Now i wish i worked at a magazine.. BUT without the annoying character of Miranda, the boss.. I dont believe that there are people actualy like her in the world, and if there is, my God, shame on them! other than her, the book was great!
Date published: 2004-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious This book was amazing! This poor woman really does have the worst boss in the world, but she eventually stands up to her, which makes the ending perfect. The Devil wears Prada was one of the funniest books I have ever read! If you haven't already, read this book or you'll be missing out!
Date published: 2003-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read for all Fashionistas Absolutely fabulous, dahling! This is a must read for anyone who delights in the materialistic fabulousness in the world of elite fashion. At times I was immensely envious of the resources that Andy had at her fingertips, as I am highly interested in haute couture yet do not earn an income that allows me to indulge in such frivolities. Mostly, though, I sympathized for her and was awed by the patience and perseverance she mustered on a daily basis to endure the whimisical and unrealsitic demands from her sadistic boss from hell. I enjoyed every single word of this novel and was slightly disappointed after reaching the conclusion in only a day and a half. This hilarious masterpiece has definitely found a place on my Top Ten list!
Date published: 2003-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! I loved it! It was smart and funny. We've all had people above us that are demanding which makes it easy to really connent with Andy. It helps to have some knowledge of fashion brands and designers. But in all it's great!
Date published: 2003-06-26

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The Devil Wears Prada: A Novel

by Lauren Weisberger

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.71 in

Published: April 13, 2004

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0767914767

ISBN - 13: 9780767914765

About the Book

Now in paperback comes the deliciously witty and delightfully dishy novel about life at a glamorous fashion magazine, an empire ruled by a legendary editor whose sense of style is topped only by her sense of self-importance.

Read from the Book

1 The light hadn''t even officially turned green at the intersection of 17th and Broadway before an army of overconfident yellow cabs roared past the tiny deathtrap I was attempting to navigate around the city streets. Clutch, gas, shift (neutral to first? Or first to second?), release clutch, I repeated over and over in my head, the mantra offering little comfort and even less direction amid the screeching midday traffic. The little car bucked wildly twice before it lurched forward through the intersection. My heart flip-flopped in my chest. Without warning, the lurching evened out and I began to pick up speed. Lots of speed. I glanced down to confirm visually that I was only in second gear, but the rear end of a cab loomed so large in the windshield that I could do nothing but jam my foot on the brake pedal so hard that my heel snapped off. Shit! Another pair of seven-hundred-dollar shoes sacrificed to my complete and utter lack of grace under pressure: this clocked in as my third such breakage this month. It was almost a relief when the car stalled (I''d obviously forgotten to press the clutch when attempting to brake for my life). I had a few seconds--peaceful seconds if one could overlook the angry honking and varied forms of the word "fuck" being hurled at me from all directions--to pull off my Manolos and toss them into the passenger seat. There was nowhere to wipe my sweaty hands except for the suede Gucci pants that hugged my thighs and hips so tightly they
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From the Publisher

From the author of REVENGE WEARS PRADA, a delightfully dishy novel about the all-time most impossible boss in the history of impossible bosses.

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 eyes 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.

From the Jacket

"[A] funny, biting, low-cal treat."
-Rush & Molloy, The New York Daily News

"A deliciously witty and gossipy first novel."
-Publishers Weekly

"[An] on-the-money kiss-and-tell debut.
-Kirkus


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Lauren Weisberger graduated from Cornell University in 1999. She lives in New York City.

Editorial Reviews

"[A] funny, biting, low-cal treat."
-Rush & Molloy, The New York Daily News

"A deliciously witty and gossipy first novel."
-Publishers Weekly

"[An] on-the-money kiss-and-tell debut.
-Kirkus


From the Hardcover edition.