Sequel to The Devil Wears Prada
Published June 4th by Simon & Schuster
Andrea Sachs is back. Ten years have passed since her hellish job working for Miranda Priestly at Runway. Now, she and Emily (the former first assistant that Andy worked with at Runway, who Andy became the best of friends with over the years) are running their own magazine, The Plunge, an upmarket wedding mag. Speaking of weddings – Andy is having one! (unfortunately, not with Alex – the boyfriend from The Devil Wears Prada – that we were all rooting for (at least I assume that it wasn’t just me hoping they’d stick it out)) She’s bagged herself a very eligible bachelor in the form of Max Harrison. But on the night before her wedding, Andy is dreaming about the horrible Miranda again. For the past ten years, the woman has haunted her. Also, she has concerns about her nuptials. Is she having cold feet, perhaps? Or is it something deeper and more meaningful? On top of all this, Andy and Emily’s dream of building a successful magazine and eventually selling it to a large company has led them right back to Miranda Priestly…
The Devil Returns
If you read this while expecting some sort of cunning revenge plan – perhaps as the title would suggest? – where Miranda doles out revenge upon Andy, then you would be disappointed. In fact, the woman herself is hardly in the book. She’s more a sort of haunting presence who makes solid appearances every now and again.
I think that maybe Lauren Weisberger just really wanted to write more about one of her favourite characters, you know? Which is fine. It’s nice to see what’s happening with characters years later. But there’s not a whole lot of plot. I’d have to say that maybe what is presented here really wasn’t enough to write a sequel about.
I don’t think this is a terrible book (bearing in mind that I rarely hate anything), but it suffers because we keep having to go back in time to learn about something. Like, let’s go back to when Emily and Andy became friends. Now let’s go back to when Andy and Max met. Okay, now I need to show you the moment when Emily pitched the magazine idea to Andy. And so on and so forth. If you don’t enjoy books that jump around like this, then you probably won’t be a fan of Revenge Wears Prada. But is there another way to cram ten years of past, plus a year of so of the present, into a four hundred page book?
This is for nostalgic fans of the original book, or die hard Lauren Weisberger fans. I’d be very generous in giving it three stars.