Blurb

A delightfully dishy novel about the all-time most impossible boss in the history of impossible bosses and the basis for the major motion picture starring Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep. 

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.

Review

‘The Devil wears Prada’ is a chic and trim novel by Lauren Weisberger.

Andrea Sachs, who aspires to be a journalist ends up becoming an assistant to Miranda Priestly, the editor in chief of the world famous fashion magazine, Runway. Clueless Andy sees an opportunity coming out of the blues and grabs it as they all pronounce it to be the job ‘any girl would kill for’. Plush Manhattan building, ultra modern arena, stilettos, a long latte from Starbucks, Ralph Lauren short skirts, expensive cologne, out and out made up brows, smooth highlighted hair, slender, tall girls, French accent, everything in vogue, everything shimmery and everything electrifying.

Nonethless, behind those opaque glass doors, not everything that glitters is gold. Andrea, works rigorously to satisfy her ever nagging she-devil boss. She keeps away from her family, her boyfriend, her best friend, everyone and everything that is most important to her, to prioritise Miranda’s absurd demands and to finally achieve the ultimate goal of getting a job of her dream after the nightmarish one year was passed.

But all that relentless drudgery, jibes, humiliation and slavery worth it? If yes, then how much you can endure and what’s the bursting point? Maybe, when you’re nearing the finishing line after running for miles, suddenly you feel Nahhhh! bizzarely, you stop caring anymore and you call the lady Cruella outloud, “F**k you” is the perfect time.

This novel is a smooth read and the naration is witty. You get to know a lot about the world of fashion; how splendid it appears with bare eyes and how petty it can get if you look closely. The character of Miranda Priestly is baffling but fascinating. Everyone who works under a horrible boss may take an unusual pleasure while reading this one.

Surbhi Islam

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