Today we have a review from Louise, just one of my trio of up and coming young book reviewers, Thank you Louise.
‘‘Revenge Wears Prada’ – Lauren Weisberger
10 years ago, Andy Sachs quit the job ‘a million girls would die for’ at Runway magazine; and it was the best decision of her life. Now, just about to get married and running her own and very successful magazine with her best friend, life is finally going the way Andy planned; it’s going well. But just hours before her wedding, Andy discovers something that gives her serious second thoughts. And why is she still having nightmares about the notorious Miranda Priestly, her ex-boss, otherwise known as the Devil? With this, her seemingly picture-perfect life takes a turn for the worse, straight into the awaiting arms of the Devil herself. Will Andy ever escape her past?
A few months ago, after being inspired by the film, I read the prequel to this book; The Devil Wears Prada. It is still one of my all-time favourites, so when I heard about its follow-up, I just had to read it. So, filled with the promise of excitement, fashion and drama I plunged into this book, and I have to say I was a little disappointed. Of course, Andy was still as admirable, adorable and insightful as ever, but the passing of time within the story is what I thought let the book down; within pages, the plot would suddenly jump forward a year, and I found myself losing track of time and getting quite frustrated! However, after a few chapters I got used to the fast-pace, and without moving quickly the book would have been double the size, so I guess it was only necessary to be so speedy.
Also, I expected more drama surrounding the return of the Devil, but her appearance was far from the focus of the story. One thing’s for sure though; I hated Miranda even more after this book than I did after the first, so Weisberger has definitely developed her characters well, with her heart-warming or belly-churning descriptions and details; I found myself falling in love with awkward Alex, who makes a surprise appearance, and wanting pick little Clementine up from the pages to give her a big cuddle. Furthermore, there was a lot of travelling and tens of different settings across the world, which I found really exciting as it kept the story fresh and ever-changing, something that I think is important in a fast-paced book; it kept us on our toes, and I never once got bored: I was actually quite jealous of all of the luxurious and exotic locations Andy and her friends got to visit!
Overall, I did enjoy this book, especially towards the end, as the drama reached boiling point and I literally couldn’t put it down, but I think that there was such huge praise for its infamous prequel that it would always have been hard for the next book to live up to its expectations; although I feel that Weisberger gave this a really good go! This book is full of drama and excitement, and is as stylish as ever, whilst still adopting a light, friendly and wistful tone. I therefore recommend this book if you love thrills, spills, and frills, and a heroine who you can’t help but love.’
Find a copy here on Amazon