August 3, 2013

First thing to say, it may feel like a decade (which is mostly correct, because the first book was indeed published in 2003) for those who actually read the first book within its release date, but I just read it 4 days ago or so, so it's still fresh in my mind and I could tell that I was pleased with The Devil Wears Prada and was excited to 'eat' up the following book. Judging from the synopsis only, I could say that it's gonna be exciting to see what'd Miranda Priestly do next. So, let's get to it ....

A decade has passed since the Paris's F--- You event and now Andrea Sachs is living her life. After working as a writer at some bridal website, she's now a successful editor-in-chief of an avant-garde bridal magazine The Plunge, alongside publisher Emily Charlton (yes, Runway's Emily!). She's also married to a publisher mogul named Max and has a beautiful daughter named Clementine. Her life seems to be running smoothly, not until the worst fear she's been trying to bury under these past 10 years emerging from her life, in a form of Runway's very own devilish editor-in-chief extraordinaire Miranda Priestly. Short story short, Miranda wants to buy The Plunge and rule it under Elias-Clark company, with the promise of a great deal of money. Though it seems to be a fine (and completely rare) opportunity, Andrea can't face the demand to be (once again) working under the great devil herself. So, whatever Andrea will decide ..

If anything, this book shouldn't have been titled as "Revenge Wears Prada" because it feels nothing reveng-y at all. The fact that the readers (fan or not) actually eager to read this book is because of the promise of more devilish and diabolical scheme of the one and only Miranda Priestly. And what does Weisberger give us? A humble supper with a lot of forced grin and smoothen tones. More to it, just how Weisberger could bore us even more! The plot is downright slow, pointless and unreal; I sometimes wonder if anything will ever happen at all. Everything just out of the place and I just don't get the slightest hint of whatever it is going on here and what'll it lead into. It's a shame though, because I pretty like the startup of jumping a decade after, bringing us into Andrea's glamorous wedding and little by little elaborating Andrea's life post Runway's F-You. Another point added, everything seems very cliché, predictable and forced at the same time. Even the minimal conversations feel so awkward and unnatural, so cringe-worthy. But, the biggest problem here seems to be the time placement. Weisberger recklessly jumps the timeline into 6-months-worth of time from a single chapter to another! Aside making the readers unfocused on the timeline, it also makes the storyline to appear fuzzy and uncertain. Bad move. 

Miss Lauren Weisberger, don't you understand something other than google-able high-brand names?? Because when you modestly decides to strip all the familiar names off the book, you present us with something Fashion Police would look in dreadful terror and unforgivable remorse. Seriously, neon pink bandage dress? Shiny white legging? What is it, The Muppet Show? 

The biggest problem here in this book is probably the characters. Oh yes, you still can enjoy the old ones, but somehow Weisberger 'accidentally' writes them like a set of new characters rather than develops them smartly. For an example, Andrea herself. We loved her in the first book because we felt like we could connect with her, that she was just like us, wanting to make it in the big city. But the grown Andrea appears to be downright annoying, purposeless and hypocrite. She cares nothing but herself; she keeps whining and whining over her unnecessary trauma of Miranda and her prejudice of her husband. I do like her developed career and family, but other than that, I hate her. And the most ridiculous one is the decision of emerging Emily (by making Miranda fired her for no apparent reason) and making her Andrea's BFF. Let me elaborate the reason I don't trust Emily's in Revenge like I trust her in Devil : First, the new Emily takes a cooking class. Second, the new Emily is happily married. Third, the new Emily seems to steer up her wheel from high fashion to a bridal shower. Fourth, and probably the worst, she actually left Harper's Bazaar for a startup magazine which idea alone doesn't seem promising, even to stupid ears. There.

Bottom line, I'm dreadfully dissapointed with this book. Hell, I don't even recommend you to read it. And oh Lauren, go sign up for a writing-class. That's all. 
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