Thursday, May 5, 2011

Book of the day: "The Devil Wears Prada"

In honor of International Chick Lit Month and our one year blogoversary, we're bringing you a book a day (and then some). If you've read the book and want to comment on this post with your thoughts, please do. If you haven't read it yet, we hope you'll take interest in it after hearing our thoughts. To make this fun, anyone who comments on any of these posts has a chance to be entered in a drawing for a special prize. The more posts you comment on, the more chances to win! (See here for contest details.)

"The Devil Wears Prada" by Lauren Weisberger:
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. (Summary courtesy of Goodreads.)

Melissa P:
Is there anyone who didn’t love this book?

Melissa A:
Miranda Priestly stressed me out so much that I thought she was real. I loved not knowing what would come next and cringing for Andrea at each ridiculous demand made by Miranda. I liked the book way more than the movie. If you've only seen the movie, you're missing out on a great story.

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28 comments:

Em Dy said...

Seen the movie but haven't read the book. I'm mostly a movie before book gal unless it's Harry Potter or the latest Sophie Kinsella or Hester Browne and I can't wait t get my hands on the book.

Margie said...

I saw the movie, and I imagine the book would be a fun read.
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Clary said...

I have read the book and seen the movie and honestly I like both in their own way although Miranda seems way more scary and....what's the word...oh yes! like a total beeyotch in the book.

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BRN2SHOP9 said...

This is q great book!

RivkaBelle said...

Okay, I'm the girl who didn't like the book. I read it, and made it about 2/3 of the way through, and then just couldn't finish. Saw the movie, and loved *it*, so ... I dunno. Tried reading her other books, and the only one I've ever been able to finish - and LOVED - has been "Chasing Harry Winston" ... Who knows, maybe I'm weird ;o) hehe

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Maria said...

I read this book as a stay-at-home-mom, my worker-girl days long behind me, and I was insanely jealous of Miranda (the Devil) because everyone catered to her every whim. Unlike my own life as a mom, catering to the every whim of my children.

S.Sabia said...

I read this book years ago and really like it! The movie was good too but I thought the book was better.
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Nina said...

Ooh, I loved this book! This was one of those situations where I saw the movie first (which was great) and the book really is just as good! A must read for any chick-lit fan.
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shazjera said...

I read the book (totally enjoyed) and then rented the DVD ...... BIG MISTAKE.

Love how differently everyone feels :) Glad we are all unique!

Linda Kish said...

Saw the movie and enjoyed it but haven't had the pleasure of reading the book yet.

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Jennifer said...

The Devil Wears Prada is one of my favorite book to movie adaptations. It was done so well! Myrle Streep was a perfect Miranda, she is just scary enough!
Great book, and an equally great film!
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Lennie said...

I totally loved the book, but Meryl Streep is just amazing in the movie, gotta love both!

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Jencey said...

I absolutely loved this book! I have read it twice. I think it will have a permanent home in my library.

Heather said...

Love this movie! Really need to read the book!
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tkj81 said...

I so want to read this now. I haven't seen the movie but i think reading the book first is better.
thanks for the review

Kirsten McElroy said...

I need to read the book because I really enjoyed the movie! It's been my experience that the books are usually better than the movies.

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Tiffany said...

Oh I LOVE Lauren! I LOVE this book... its so great! I've borrowed from library a million and one times!

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Krystal Lynn said...

I actually started this book and put it away after a few chapters. Didn't really care for it or for book Andrea. But the movie is one of my top favorites, love it!! I guess loving the film version kind of ruined the book for me but I'd still like to read it whole sometime.

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Jeryl M. said...

Never read the book, but I liked the movie.

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Margaret said...

I read this and loved it! It's one of my favorite books!

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Tiffany Drew said...

Hmmm. I saw the movie for this, but I wasn't a fan. Maybe because I don't like Anne Hathaway? I don't know. I am also not that into fashion (or at all lol) so this is probably not for me.

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Snitz said...

I'm another one who did not really like the book, yet I loved the movie!!! I plan to try to read the book again though - I only made it through the first few chapters the first time!

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Bec said...

I've also just seen (and loved) the film. Not sure I'd particularly seek out a book once i'd watched the film only the other way around.

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Jencey said...

Can't wait to read Last Night At Chateau Marmount. I have read this book twice and loved it more.

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Kat said...

Another book that I haven't read, but have seen the movie.

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Sarah said...

I loved both the book and movie:)

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dyh_romero said...

I read the book before I saw the movie. I originally picked up the book because this was my life, but working in a different industry. I enjoyed the book far better than the movie because I was able to see and understand the family relationships and dynamics among within each character, which is not fully portrayed in the movie.

I've recommended this book more than once, especially if one is thinking about transitioning their jobs.

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