The Devil Wears Prada (The Devil Wears Prada, #1)
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The Devil Wears Prada (The Devil Wears Prada #1)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  495,667 ratings  ·  6,621 reviews
A delightfully dishy novel about the all-time most impossible boss in the history of impossible bosses.

Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, lands the job “a million girls would die for.” Hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of "Runway "magazine, Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts "Prada! Arm...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by Anchor Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Samantha

God have mercy, I finally finished this horrific book! Honestly, it wasn't so bad, just tedious and repetitive. I picked it because (a) the movie was coming out and (b) I recognized the title as a popular book, albeit a couple years ago. The premise to the book is that a young woman takes a Junior Assistant position at a high-fashion magazine and the She-Devil who runs the show. The movie had the same premise, but that's practically where the similarities end.


Andrea Sachs takes the job, even t

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Jennifer
Sep 21, 2007 Jennifer rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: chicklit, nytimes
This is one of the only books I have ever read in my entire life where the film actually improved my perception. It took me about three years to read this, and the only reason I ever finished it was because everyone else seemed to think it was so great, I thought I must be missing something.

I am generally bothered by books and films wherein the main character is offered an incredible opportunity, but because they are worried they are sacrificing themselves, they toss it out the window. (I am wi...more
Michelle
A woman came up to me while I was reading this book and said, "Oh, how is that book? I've been meaning to read it." I answered, "Um, well, it's kind of fun." She raised her eyebrows at me. "I see." I added, "I wouldn't pay full price for it. I got it on sale for, like, a dollar." She nodded as she began to walk away, "Okay, I know what you're saying."

I can explain more if you still feel like reading this book. Honestly, I won't stop you from reading The Devil Wears Prada, I just don't suggest yo...more
Libbie
May 27, 2008 Libbie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who are easily amused and don't care about good writing.
Recommended to Libbie by: My mom. Big surprise.
Shelves: fiction
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Jack
Not bad, I suppose—especially interesting when compared to the film adaptation, which I'd seen first.

The movie was no great shakes, really, although the cast did a solid job with what they'd been given. Still, I sought out the book because I felt that, as with most film adaptations, a lot of depth had probably been jettisoned, and rightly so, in the translation to the screen. After all, a novel can tackle a lot more than two hours of screen time can.

Imagine my surprise to find that the movie had...more
Belinda
Aug 17, 2007 Belinda rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: NO ONE
The only reason I waste words on this piece of trash is that it holds the distinction of being THE WORST BOOK I EVER READ. The title was held previously (for a good 15 years previously) by "The Bridges of Madison County," and it took some DOING to surpass that awfulness.

I could write for three days about how much I hated this book. I still can't believe I finished it, and the only explanation I have is that it was kind of like not being able to look away from a trainwreck. Actually, "trainwreck"...more
Erica
Oct 14, 2007 Erica rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one ever
this book blows. it's poorly written, the author uses the same words over and over, characters just do things at random and don't seem to have identifiable personalities of their own. if i was still in 5th grade and decided to write a book about working at a fashion magazine when i'm all grown up, this is what it would be like. i hate that the girl who wrote this is probably a millionaire. i'd like to hit her with a rock. as far as i can figure, it gets one star because she bothered to type it i...more
Megan
i was reading this book at the same time i was working in a very similar environment as andy, the main character. i laughed and cried with her because i could relate to her character so much. miranda liked her perrier placed everyday on a certain side of her desk. my old boss, mehmet, liked his evian room temperature from the bakery across the street. miranda would dump her coat and bags on andy every morning. mehmet would hold out his arms for me to put his YSL coat on and bow his head down for...more
Cassandra Babino
I kept thinking *THIS WILL BE A GREAT MOVIE* but never a good book. I was really disappointed and on a side note ... when I DID watch the movie I was so disappointed because all I could think was * This would be a GREAT book.
Casey
This book was terrible, and I'm someone who enjoys chick lit. The Devil Wears Prada is a roman-a-clef by Lauren Weisberger, a mediocre writer who takes herself too seriously. The plot is just a series of bad decisions made by the novel's unlikeable protagonist Andy Sachs, who thinks the best way to become a writer for the New Yorker is by becoming an assistant at a Vogue style magazine for a year. Andy spends most of the novel whining about her mundane entry-level job and stealing designer cloth...more
Jamie
Where to start with this one! Seldom have I ever read a book that actually made my blood boil with rage, but this did it! I can, unfortunately, relate to the utter misery that Andy faces while at Runway, while my own clearly does not amount to her cataclysmic year of agony.

Having seen the movie well over 20 times, I found the book to be very little like the movie in most regards. The book is far more depressing, but far more real, and thus far more enjoyable. If you've never read this book, do s...more
Rica
It's funny how you forget about a book. I read this when it first came out 10 years ago and thought it was a fast, fluffy read, but nothing else really stuck w/ me. Then, I saw the movie and thought "I know it's been a while, but I really don't remember all this happening" - so, when I saw the book on the charity table, I figured it's only a quid, why not.

Criminey, the things you forget - like what a whiney and generally unlikeable person the main character is. She bitches, she moans and she ess...more
Katie
Feb 13, 2008 Katie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people working their way up to fine literature from STAR magazine
I picked this up because it was in the guest room at my aunt's beach house and it seemed like good "summer is here, I just finished finals, don't make me think" reading. I think I read it in about 3 hours, and I couldn't remember a single thing that happened to the main character once I was done.

In fact, if they hadn't come out with the movie (which I'm a big fan of, by the way), the book would have probably disappeared from my radar forever.

Nothing really happened in the book, which I objected...more
Nicola
Well, that was a waste of time. I LOVE the film. It's one of my favourites and I've seen it dozens of times. The book, however, was not even remotely impressive. The dialogue was just so...flat. I felt no emotion in any of the characters and none of them really felt individual to me. I couldn't bring myself to care about any of them and their interactions seemed so stiff and forced. Most of the book is taken up with references to fashion labels, so much so that it was like reading one big giant...more
Lau
Feb 01, 2014 Lau rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: quienes hayan tenido jefes tiranos
Shelves: muy-bueno

Llegué al libro por haber visto la película (sino no se hasta qué punto me hubiese interesado por él), y aunque esperaba que se parecieran, terminaron siendo dos historias muy diferentes. Se mantiene la idea básica de la jefa déspota, pero nada más.

El argumento es bastante sencillo, ya que gira en torno al trabajo de la protagonista y las relaciones y emociones pasan a un segundo o tercer plano (además de que aunque quisiera seguir con su vida, no tendría tiempo de hacerlo).

El diablo viste de Pr...more
Ana T.
I finished The Devil Wear Prada last night. I had some trouble getting into the book, those first descriptions of Andrea's adventures before joining the magazine were really not that interesting to me. After she enters the magazine world I became more interested in her relationship with everyone else. Meaning I'm not that into fashion so some people might actually appreciate the fashion angle in this book more than me.

Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, lands the job "a million...more
Ginny_1807
Lettura disimpegnata e nel complesso gradevole, ma piuttosto superficiale e scontata.
Peccato, perché lo spunto sarebbe stato buono: un ritratto ironico e graffiante del mondo della moda, tanto idolatrato e vagheggiato oggigiorno, e il conflitto che inevitabilmente viene a crearsi nella vita privata delle persone sottoposte a ritmi di lavoro tanto frenetici.
Manca tuttavia il guizzo dell’originalità e dello humour, quel pizzico di sorpresa che impedirebbe alla trama di risultare tanto ripetitiva...more
Audra
Sep 09, 2007 Audra rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any girl looking to laugh!
Main character: Andrea Sachs – in her early 20’s; wants to be a writer for the New Yorker, and lands a job as a junior assistant to this bitch magazine editor, Miranda Priestly. She puts up with all her crap, thinking that perhaps Miranda might give her a good recommendation to the New Yorker after she has paid her dues. I think I like the character of Andrea’s best friend Lily the best – she’s such a free spirit (although that characteristic gets her in trouble). Andrea almost gives up the most...more
Christina Grant
Dec 02, 2007 Christina Grant rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: very few
I did not really enjoy this book at all- everything this book should have been was the movie. Cut out the other 70% of the book all together.

I was considering giving up and putting the book down a few times during this read- but I figured "it's gotta get bback on track sometime"

This was never ending- there was just so much bitching, and complaining and horror stories about this boss that it was almost painful to read after a while. She's the devil- in prada- we get it!

The only satisfying thing i...more
Tim Calvin
So let me get this straight:
A girl who doesn't care about fashion gets a job at a fashion magazine, bitches about fashion, fucks up at her job, and turns into the thing she hates by screwing her friends?

Why does this sound like "Mean Girls" without the comedy?

FAIL.
Raechella
While my cousin and I were rummaging through the stacks of books in BookSale, she found this and coaxed me into buying it. It was one of those overrated books out there, so I thought it would be good, plus my cousin likes it, hence, I added it with my purchases.


Andrea Sachs or “Andy” was a girl fresh out of college from Brown. She landed a job in a successful fashion magazine, Runway, as a junior-assistant for Miranda Priestly, the Editor-in-chief of the said magazine. Instead, her heaven sent j...more
K Z
Feb 07, 2008 K Z rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2008, owned
Lauren Weisberger
The Devil Wears Prada
2006, Anchor
432 pages
Book bought in: Moab, Utah – USA

In this review, the book has not been compared to the movie; I wanted to review the book in itself.

As a horribly unfashionable person myself (at least, that’s what I believe, as Prada does nothing for me and I can’t for the life of me walk in heels, oh, and I like my hips), picking up The Devil Wears Prada with all of its fashion stereotypes meant indulging in a guilty pleasure.

Andy, a freshly graduated...more
Rhea Claire Viloria
Dear Miranda Priestly,

I only want simple and inexpensive gifts this Christmas. I want a Bobby Brown make-up set from Bobby Brown herself (though I don’t use make-ups), a one-of-a-kind leather Kate Spade handbag from Kate and Andy Spade, a multistrand beaded verdura bracelet from Aerin Lauder, a diamond encrusted watch from Donatella Versace, a matching beaded tanktop and evening bag from Mark Badgely and James Mischka , a zebra-paint jacket from Alberto Ferreti (I don’t do animal prints but if i...more
Gwen
Nov 13, 2007 Gwen rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
I should know better than to base my desire to read a book on a movie. In this case I thought that I would enjoy reading about Andi and her break through year after college and getting into publishing. I hated everyone in this story. Not in the way I disliked the characters in Vanity Fair, but in the way that I hate the rude people on the highway. You come in contact with them for about 10 seconds and then their influence is gone from your life. That is what this book is like. It has no message...more
Stella
Although chick-lit is not my usual choice, not that I have anything against the genre, I just need to feel like my reading time is well spent and 2 hours of movie time vs. several days of reading a book that is just as well executed in a movie, doesn't seem like the time well spent...
But this book hooked me from the start and I read every word until about last 100 or so pages. It started to get very repetitive and I started getting quite frustrated as I was hoping to learn something in-depth abo...more
Rosey
I am giving this book a 3. I enjoyed this book, yes, but it was not to the point where I went "wow." I've read so many better books than this. However, don't get me wrong. I DID enjoy this book. It reminded me of Ugly Betty in a way. It's funny and pretty quick-paced. It would make a great summer beach reading, ya know? Also, the title - The Devil Wears Prada. Hm? I've kept that in mind while reading the book, and could not find any connection. Any idea? The devil's obviously the boss, but why P...more
K
So I finally saw this movie, and I thought I'd share the experience with my goodreads friends, who I'm sure are dying to hear from me!

Basically, I will add my opinion to that of countless other goodreads reviewers -- this story worked much better as a movie than as a book. When I read the book, it felt like "The Nanny Diaries" but with a more superficial premise/setting. The movie, however, conveyed some things that the book either couldn't, or didn't, get across (at least, from my hazy memory o...more
Shy
“Disappointing” - That is probably the best word to describe how I feel when I arrived at the final page of this book (Other than “Hurray” I should say as I finally done with this and can focus on the others :P). I actually watched the movie first and thought that the book should be even better, but my god, I was definitely wrong this time. The characters are all incredibly one-dimensional and Andrea appears to be too whiny until it is hard for me to feel sorry for her despite the things that sh...more
Marie
I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would. I've made it a point to read these chick-lit NYC books (The Nanny Diaries, The Ivy Chronicles) and this one, although by no means good literature, pulled me in because of the relationship between the two main characters. I once worked for a woman who, although by no means rich or famous, had the same approach toward her employees as Miranda, and I found myself reliving some of my more horrible moments with my ex-employer. Although the book is...more
Chloe
I read this book long before the movie came out, and I had mixed feelings about it. There was a lot of detail about the fashion world which I enjoyed reading about (it's always fun to read about something that you don't have experience in!) but Miranda was not an enjoyable villain for me to read about. I think that Weisberger had a great opportunity to make Miranda Priestly a great villain/antagonist but she did not come through. I found myself not caring about what happened to her in the end. T...more
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