I finally got my hands on a copy of Revenge Wears Prada and managed to devour the book in about a day. Now, I will be the first to admit that I didn’t read The Devil Wears Prada until *after* I saw the movie, which basically meant that in my head reading the sequel, Andy, Emily and Miranda were already well established in my head as Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt, but hey, if you need some company for the voices in your head, you couldn’t ask for better.
I already know that I enjoy Lauren Weisberger; I have a bunch of her books here at the house and I’ve really liked them all, so I went into reading this not only with anticipation, but gleeful abandon. She did not disappoint.
We catch up with Andy ten years after her fateful time with the fashionably maniacal Miranda. She is calm, she is relaxed, she is successful and she is getting married. Through a fluke meet-up, she and the long-suffering Emily are now friends and they have started their own high-end bridal magazine called “The Plunge”. The book takes us through the journey of Andy’s learning to deal with her newly changed life through a great present narrative juxtaposed with back story that fills in the last years of her life in New York.
While I have never been so into fashion that the really high-end stuff becomes fodder for ‘must have lists’, I am aware of the industry (especially the shoes…oh the shoes) enough to be able to enjoy the descriptions given by Weisberger. What I really enjoyed was the foray into Andy’s life, her personal life, and especially the wonderful descriptions of her current run ins with the ruthless Ms. Priestly. Miranda oozes charm when needed but slithers back into the horrible boss we love to hate as easily as one might slip a foot into a Jimmy Choo.
Without giving up too much of the story, I will say that although I found the plot to be somewhat predictable, the quality of the storytelling over-rode it and I finished the book satiated and happy, and almost hoping for more.
If you’ve read the first (or even just seen the movie) I highly recommend picking up a copy of this wonderfully wicked sequel.