Review: Revenge Wears Prada – The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger

December 22, 2013

Author: Lauren Weisberger
Publisher: Harper Collins
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9780007498062
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
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Eight years after quitting her job at The Runway, Andrea Sachs is back as a successful magazine editor with a solid marriage and a little baby girl when Andy’s formidable former boss Miranda Priestly resurfaces in her life, driving her to the edge. Will she be able to handle her this time?

From the terrors of the fashion world, Lauren Weisberger has tried to examine the dreads of the domestic life in this book, but she hasn’t fared too well. The Devil Wears Prada is a pleasurable read because it is about a small-town, talented yet shy girl trying to come up in the world of fashion, handling her impossible boss, losing herself in the phony and glitzy society where no one is one’s friend, and later, waking up from the reverie to get back her dignity and remember her purpose in life. It reminds a woman to be strong and confident to achieve her goals, against all odds. I expected this book to be a continuation of the same theme but it somehow made the much adored Andy Sachs character weak, whiny and anything but adorable. Once you start to not like your favourite character in its new book, then it is a sure shot sign that the book has lost its appeal.

Andy Sachs is a successful editor at The Plunge, a wedding magazine run by her and her foe-turned-friend Emily Charlton. The magazine is doing great and Andy is engaged to one of the most eligible bachelors in New York. All seems to be going well when Miranda Priestly decides to re-emerge in Andy’s life. She is still as bossy and condescending as ever and she wants to buy Andy’s magazine but Andy is dead against letting that happen. How Andy handles this situation is what the story is all about.

Like mentioned earlier, Andy’s character has lost its sheen. She is too self-involved and insecure even though she has everything a woman could ask for – a great job, a loving husband and a lovely daughter. This seems to be a little contradictory to what she was in her first book. At one point, Andy’s paranoia about Miranda is too irksome to not affect your opinion of this book. What makes it even more unbelievable is how does a girl, who gave up the world of glamour and fashion to write investigative articles for The New Yorker, becomes an owner of a magazine which is equally full of glamour and glitz. Emily’s behaviour at certain points makes you cringe a little and leaves you wondering how she got to be Andy’s best friend! As for the villainous, vile and yet striking boss’s character, made famous by Meryl Streep, Miranda Priestly appears in just a handful of scenes, which is again disappointing to the readers.

This book seems to have been a feeble attempt at reviving the once-engaging characters and fails miserably at it. Lauren Weisberger fails to deliver the right comeback that her characters deserve. If you really want to remember the old Andrea Sachs and Miranda Priestly, you might want to skip this book.

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Vanathi Parthasarathi

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