July 30, 2013

I know that this book has been published a mere decade ago and it's a little rusty for me to even reviewing it; I'm aware of that. The thing is, I just couldn't help the thought of reading the freshly-released sequel "Revenge Wears Prada" without at least experiencing every perks provided in Lauren Weisberger's New York Times Bestseller that caught the attention of director David Frankel into making it into a major motion picture in 2006 feautring the talented Meryl Streep and the not-yet-Oscar-winner-Fantine Anne Hathaway. And to say that the book is slightly different than the movie, that it kills you for only watching the movie before reading the following sequel. More to that, what intrigues me more is the fact that this so-called Miranda Priestly is indeed a fictionalized depiction of the notorious American Vogue's ed-in-chief Anna Wintour, that Weisberger was in fact one of her assistants; juicy. So, how is it?

Twenty-three-year-old Andrea 'Andy' Sachs has just graduated from Brown in English major and wanting to pursue her writing dream by working in The New Yorker. In order to achieve that, she has decided to move to New York with her Columbia Russian-literacy student bestfriend, Lily. Having filed many resumes to many publisher houses, she finally got a called from Elias-Clark Group, that she scored an interview for "Runway" magazine. Only she doesn't know that the job they provide is to be the personal assistant to Runway's high-ranked editor in chief, Miranda Priestly. Getting promised a promotion after a smooth year working as Priestly's assistant, she finally agreed and eventually got the job. Then begins Andy's restless work as an operator, coffee fetcher, laundry dropper, personal traveler, any form of professions ever imagined, all personally demanded by the loving boss of her through a relentless phone calls. Without Andy knowing, months have passed, only that she doens't realize that Runway has changed her in some ways that causes her relationship with his boyfriend, Alex, bestfriend slash roommate Lily and her parents and her newlywed sister to grow apart. More to that, she also doesn't realize that she has grown apart from her true-self, eventually.

There's one thing that really stands out in this very form of book; Weisberger's writing style. It's corny but it feels raw, very descriptive, witty and unadorned in sort of sarcastic ways. Weisberger's provide a harsh (but true) reality in the fashion world, of how they worship size 0, even given the fact that this book is actually released ten years ago. She manages to keep the pace steady, with a little rush and hecticness in terms of Andrea's restless job of chasing, catching, searching and fetching every unreasonable demands from Miranda. I also love how Weisberger being so spoiled on giving us an insider of every brand names imaginable, as well as a quick tour of New York. Though sometimes her writing feels like having loose edges and dull events, this book still is considered as one hell of page-flipper in sort of bitchy and expensive way. I also love how Weisberger rises up the tense on the last 3 chapters and the way she handles the end; seems cliché, maybe, but it's as simple as that. Kudos.

It's a job that a million girls would die for; a phrase which is being repeatedly thousand times and it serves its purpose. Weisberger continuously reminds us (in Andrea's place) that having this job is a bless, not a curse. Let's talk about Andrea here; she is charming at first, but she becomes less likeable in following chapters, but quickly regains her momentum at readers' heart  by the end of the book. Andrea is witty, straightforward and addicting in some sort of ways. Though Andrea is the main focus here, I love Miranda's presence here more. She's a serious control-freak who is never easy to please with her ridiculous demands and impatience over everything, along with her 500 different styles of Hermès scarves. Emily is also a heroine here; a frenemy to Andrea and being described as well-organized, restless and true to her job. I love how she somehow cares about Andrea but covers it with such attitude, but still shows some slightness in her high-fashion outer. Lily's character is slightly underdeveloped and doesn't really provide a compelling events throughout the books. Alex's character is flat; all he do is just being a boyfriend, an annoyingly nice one. As for Christian; boy do I expect some more of him, that Andrea will somehow crazy about him and eventually be with him. 

Finally, The Devil Wears Prada is a compelling and a page-turner book with captivating story and ongoing thrills alongway. I'm serious here; you won't be able to put down the book, even to go for a pee. Definitely recommended.
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