New Fiction Friday


9781439136638_p0_v2_s260x420So Lauren Weisberger, one of chick lit’s most popular authors (do people still say that?), recently released a new book.  As a sequel to her most popular book, The Devil Wears PradaRevenge Wears Prada catches the main character, Andrea Sachs ten years after Devil left off.  As one of Weisberger’s first books, Devil was wildly successful, as was its movie adaptation.  I enjoyed both the movie and the book, and was interested to find out what Andi had done since leaving Runway magazine, and after her dramatic exit from the magazine and it’s head, Miranda Priestly, at the end of the book.

If you haven’t already read Devil, you should.  It was such a great book – of course the movie is great too.  The great Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway made a classic; there’s also Emily Blunt and the talented Mr. Stanley Tucci!  The book starts with a really interesting quote from Henry David Thoreau in 1854 “Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes”.  It’s an interesting start to the book because this is exactly what Andi does throughout the course of this first book.  Devil was published in 2003, and 9780767914765_p0_v2_s260x420the author herself wasn’t that much older at the time than the main character.  Andi, who had just graduated from Brown University, moves into the city to pursue her writing career.  She lands a job at Runway Magazine, of Elias Clark publications, as Miranda Priestly’s second assistant, which would have been many young women’s dream.  It was not Andi’s dream though.

Revenge Wears Prada picks up ten years later.  Andi’s life has changed quite a bit, and she has become quite successful in the publishing world.  After leaving Runway, she began working on her own projects, eventually teaming up with her best friend Emily to launch The Plunge.  Emily and Andi actually met while working at Runway, and it’s interesting just how t heir relationship has changed.  While working on their magazine launch Andi met her husband Max, who was a potential investor.  He was part of a declining publishing empire, and was interested in adding The Plunge to his company’s portfolio.

She seems to have quite a bit going on in her life – and once again, seemingly everything she could possibly want.  She and Emily are stunned when they are contacted by the office of Miranda Priestly.  Having both served as Miranda’s assistants, they each had a unique experience in that role.  Emily is still in awe of Miranda’s brilliance as the head of Runway, now she is serving as the head of Elias Clark publications.  Andi is still traumatized by her time at Runway, and with her relationship with Miranda.  Unexpectedly, Elias Clark makes an offer they can’t refuse…  Or can they?  It seems that Miranda is willing to buy The Plunge for quite a lot of money.  The trouble begins when the co-founders of the magazine, Andi and Emily, disagree on the offer and possible sale.

I enjoyed both books, Devil was incredibly funny, witty, and well-written.  With Revenge, when I reached the end of the book, I was scratching my head.  I did enjoy the book, Andi seemed out of her element at The Plunge, just as she had at Runway.  What I really didn’t get was the title.  I won’t give away the ending, but I’m not sure where the title “revenge” comes from…  I was expecting something much juicier, but I was kind of disappointed  Weisberger has written a few other books, and along with this one, they fall short of the high standard set by Devil.

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