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"An irresistible, wickedly funny debut that pulls back the curtain on the book publishing industry...starring a villainess you won't soon forget. "
Life is really looking up for Claire Truman. In a New York minute, she lands a plum job at a top publishing house, catapulting her out of editorial assistant status and tripling her salary. In the same stroke of good luck, Clai
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Published February 13th 2007 by Books on Tape (first published 2007)
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Laurie
Nov 28, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laurie by: Vogue
I don't know about this book. It was recommended by Vogue, so... The main plot idea is basically stolen from The Devil Wears Prada - super evil boss who makes everyone's life a living hell and expects people to do things that are impossible. Except this book takes place in the book publishing industry. I actually didn't think Vivian Grant (the devil in Because She Can) was as awful as Miranda Priestly. I mean, okay, it sucks to be loaded up with tons of work and very tight deadlines, but at leas ...more
Colleen
Jul 21, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I read this book on a recommendation, and enjoyed it (though not as much as I had hoped to before reading). Readers familiar with The Nanny Diaries and The Devil Wears Prada will recognize the basic plot: crazy boss gradually turns down to earth employee a little insane before employee remembers she is a good person and makes a break to follow her heart.

Claire Truman lands a fabulous job working for a famous publisher Vivian Grant (a thinly disguised Judith Regan) only to discover that her new
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Canan  ^^
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Şeytan Marka Giyer'den sonraki en komik 'yaşlı cadı ve çömezi' hikayesi...

Kitabın kapağında yazan bu yazıya o kadarda dikkat etmemenizi öneririm...
Zira Şeytan Marka Giyer'i izlemiş biri olarak katılmıyorum...
Burdaki yaşlı cadı ciddi anlamda cadı..hani bi süpürgesi eksik..
Vivian..yani namı diğer cadı ve patronumuzdur kendisi...ona daha sonra değinmeliyim mutlaka =)

Olay şu ki..Claire bir editör olmak istemektedir..Ama asistanı olarak çalıştığı patronu artık yaşlandığını söyleyerek, torun torba, ko
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Ladyslott
This is another of the boss from hell books, a la The Devil Wears Prada, but not nearly as well done as that book.

Claire Truman has taken a job at Grant books working for foul mouthed, tyrannical, possibly certifiably insane Vivian Grant (the author worked for the famously ill tempered Judith Regan). Although she takes the job knowing all the rumors about Grant, Claire is nevertheless stunned to find out they are all true. She has however decided to stick out the job for one year, in order to l
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Cathy
Feb 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit, audiobooks
The only reason I'm giving it such low stars is because this book seemed to have trouble deciding whether to focus mainly on the main character, Claire's, drama at work dealing with her evil boss, Vivian Grant or ont he relationship (or lack thereof) between Claire and her hubby-to-be Randall. It felt like there could have been a lot more detail about each scenario and solid character development had the author chosen a more finite focal point. Too bad...the story had a lot of potential..I assum ...more
lynn
Apr 04, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
if you want a quick, easy,light book this is it..The title i think is a bit of a contradiction as the main character,Claire, is working for a tyrant.Therefore, Claire can not do anything!!! Her boss reminds me of the boss in The Devil wears Prada, however the boss in this book is in the book publishing buisness.. So, Claire has it tough at work.when will her boss explode??? when will she have a tantrum??? will Claire be in the line of fire????.however.on a happy pleasant note..her love life coul ...more
Diana
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I am going to be completely honest... I loved this book. I just loved it. Claire is living the life I always thought I would live, a young editor with an amazing mentor, and then she accepts a job with a notorious bully named Vivian and reconnects with a guy she crushed on hard in college, and her entire life changes. I guess I loved the book because I could relate to Claire and I was truly interested in her feelings and her life. I just loved the characters, even Vivian with all her sad crazine ...more
Joanna
Jun 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Think The Devil Wears Prada, set in the world of books. Back when I worked in book publishing, I had several fabulous bosses. Except for one boss who was an absolute nightmare (doesn't everyone have one of those at some point?). So needless to say, I could relate to this story.

I listened to the audiobook version, which I recommend. Mary Birdsong (how fitting) is an excellent narrator, and she brings a host of disparate characters to life. I especially loved her take on the tyrannical, vindictiv
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Naghmaj
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book because I could relate to the characters in this book. SHE Reminded me of my own boss. There were too many similarities.
Tuğba
Sep 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this fun book but I think the only disappointment I had with the book was at the end. I really wanted more of a declaration from Luke. It just wasn't as grand of an finale as I wanted.
Maranda Carvell
2.5 stars. Not-great-not-bad light story, but the audiobook leaves a lot to be desired. The main character is in her 20s but the narrator sounds like she's in her 50s, and there is is jarring (terrible) music at the beginning and end of the chapters.

The resolution left a lot to be desired; the story lines resolved but there didn't seem to be any purpose to the character's journey.
Luciana Darce
Mar 20, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Porque ela pode não seria uma escolha natural minha indo à livraria e enfiando o volume debaixo do braço. Gosto de romances – e já defendi essa posição mais de uma vez aqui no Coruja – mas há alguma coisa que não me apetece muito nesses ‘romances modernos de mulherzinha’.

Mas, como já tinha uma seção para romances históricos e eu já tinha colocado um romance histórico para janeiro, mês dos romances de banca... Decidi pegar algo diferente para o mês de maio. E foi assim que catando em sites de e-b
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Anita
Jul 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could see this book playing out in real life. Based on outside appearances, Claire seems to have the perfect life. She’s got a job as a book editor and a gorgeous, sweet, loving man. Perfect. But deep down, the flaws are many. She puts up with the boss from hell, and while her boyfriend seems to think of everything and say and do all the right things he’s also overly committed to his work and finds appearances and doing the “right” thing most important.

I really enjoyed Claire’s relationships i
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Afifah Mazaya
Judul terjemahan buku ini adalah “Bos dari Neraka”, sepertinya sangat jauh dari judul asli. Saya tidak tahu siapa yang dimaksud dengan “She”. Kalau yang dimaksud adalah Claire, judul terjemahan dan judul asli bertolak belakang. Judul asli terkesan positif, sedangkan judul terjemahan terkesan negatif. Kalau yang dimaksud adalah Vivian, artinya sama-sama negatif. Artinya, judul asli menggambarkan bahwa Vivian bisa melakukan apa pun yang diinginkannya.
Buku ini adalah buku pertama yang saya baca dar
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Veronica Widya
The book is quick and light read book. :)
i love hw Ms. Clark tell the story, its fun and not boring at all.
the story is the combination with the opposite of Shopaholic with Devil wears Prada.
Of course we know the ending already, because it tell from the beginning that she hesitate in the wedding day. Randal seems to be too perfect and not reachable, Clair doesnt think her relation ship is not enough because she feels that Randal is not really into her, and love other woman, Coral. And also she d
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Ruth
Mar 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After graduating from Princeton, Claire is working in the publishing world in NYC. Her best friend from school convinces Claire to attend a party with her and she runs into her college (and most of the other girls) crush, Randall. Handsome, polite, rich, and hardworking, Randall is the "perfect" boyfriend. Claire feels like she is living a dream. Claire's boss tells her that he is going to retire and when she is feeling very lost, Randall tells her that he will get an interview for her with Vivi ...more
Natalie
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
“Because She Can,” is a quick, fun read, but lacks in making an impression. In a typical “chick-lit,” Clark has developed a storyline that matches every other story where you have a girl (Claire) who has moved to the big Apple to pursue her career, has the perfect boyfriend, a crazy tyrannical boss who does everything she can to make their employees cry, but overall, Claire is still not happy with her life. While there are some humorous moments and characterization of the villain boss, Vivian, t ...more
Rachel Swords
"Because She Can" is yet another copy-cat of "The Devil Wears Prada," albeit set in the world of book publishing. The plot is almost exactly the same: twenty-something year old female lands job with the boss from hell and slowly loses her identity while trying to please said boss. Additionally, she comes to realize her family and friends are what matter the most, and she breaks up with her boyfriend because she hasn't been fair to him. Strangely enough, though, "Because She Can" is still a decen ...more
Mirella Grace
Dec 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit-gpu
Waaah, beli buku ini udah dari tahun 2008, tapi setelah baca sinopsisnya, aku ngerasa gak sanggup buat baca. Terbayang-bayang dan trauma ama novel chicklit yang The Devil Wears Prada. Tau sendiri kan, si Miranda Priestly -bos di TDWP- kejamnya kaya gimana (bukunya cuma kukasih bintang 2, meskipun pas nonton filmnya, ternyata bagus dan beda banget ama novelnya).

Welll, back to this novel... Ternyata oh ternyata, ni novel bagus banget!! Dan Miranda Priestly kaga ada seujung-ujung kuku pun dibanding
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Carly
More like 2 and a half stars.

Like almost every other review that I have read, this is a rip of The Nanny Diaries and The Devil Wears Prada. So there really isn't anything new about this book. You get the super mean/evil boss who is horrible to the young, naive employee. And because she is in over her head professionally, she doesn't have time to figure out her personal life.

By the time the prologue ended, which was 12 pages long, I knew exactly how this book was going to end. That always disapp
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Zhana
***Български***
Това беше едно лесно четиво. Не беше кой знае колко интересна книга, главната героиня не беше добре изградена и не успях да я харесам или да съм съпричастна към случващото се с нея. Това, което харесах в книгата, е озаглавяването на главите - всяка глава беше със заглавие на книга, което според мен е доста оригинално.
Няма какво повече да се каже за книгата в интерес на истината. Не мога да я препоръчам на никой, тъй като като цяло е доста безинтересна.

***English***
It's an easy to
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
1.5 STARS

"In a New York minute, Claire Truman lands both a plum position at a top publishing house and the man she's wanted for ten years...then reality intervenes. Her new boss is Vivian Grant, a notoriously ruthless tyrant known for her tirades, traumatized assistants, and tabloid-inspired bestsellers. Soon Claire's job is stealing more and more of her time and her relationship with her fiancé begins to feel the strain. It doesn't help that she's working late nights with a brilliant-and handso
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Susan J.
Oct 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Because She Can is a good chick lit debut from Bridie Clark along the lines of The Devil Wears Prada. Claire Truman is anxious to be on the fast track in the publishing world so decides to take a job with notorious publisher Vivian Grant--the leading publisher of bestsellers of the lowest order. Vivan quickly proves to outpace her books in vulgarity of every sort which actually leads to the funniest moments of the book. Claire vows to make it a year (helping talented first novelest Luke Mayville ...more
M
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've never had much patience for formulaic chick lit, but the ones that lure me in are always about naïve women who go to work for unreasonable, sadistic bosses despite their misgivings: Devil Wears Prada, Nanny Diaries. It's like the opposite of escapist fantasy; it makes you feel enormously glad you aren't living their lives, even with the weekend trips to Paris and Louboutin heels. This book is exactly along those lines, and while it is undeniably cliché and unsurprising (you can guess the en ...more
L'irascibILE
Una scopiazzatura de "Il diavolo veste Prada" senza onori nè oneri.
Lei è una ragazza modesta con grandi aspirazioni nel campo dell'editoria che decide di cambiare lavoro e finisce alle dipendenze di una pazza scatenata nonostante tutti l'avessero messa in guardia.
A far da contorno a questo c'è una storia d'ammmmore con un giovane rampollo dell'alta società senza capo nè coda.
Mi pare che non ci sia altro da aggiungere, personalmente avrei letto le prime 30 pagine e le ultime 10, la storia era
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Aristhyia
While an easy, enjoyable read, this book still left me wanting.

I don't think the relationships in the book were very well developed, which I think is sad, because we had the main character's point of view very well done. Claire was very clear on her dislike for her boss, but we were left completely in the dark about the rest of the living characters.

It's a book I would recommend to read for the simple fun of it, but not if you're looking for something a little more gut-wrenching or insightful.
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Nicole
Aug 05, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
Claire Truman loves her job as an editorial assistant, mostly because her revered mentor has taught her everything she knows about publishing. When he announces his retirement, she is ecstatic when her old secret crush from college, Randall Cox, arranges an interview with Vivian Grant, one of the best known female publishers in the business. Claire soon learns that she is unprepared for the neverending hours, unreasonable demands, and the constant stream of colleagues who cave and quit. Reported ...more
Katie
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book! This is the first novel I've read based on a character who works in the publishing world. An editor myself, I could totally sympathize with some of the situations presented within. The character development was really well done. The author really made me despise Vivian Grant!

I've often heard this book is much like The Devil Wears Prada, which I haven't read. Therefore, I didn't find it to have a "been there, read that" plot, as others have mentioned. It's definitely a fun, qui
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Ann
Jul 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great, east, satisfying read! It reminded me of a time when I was working for an extremely challenging boss (add sugar coating here), and then I finally met someone who became very important to me and made me realize that there is more to life than work and working for someone who just doesn't appreciate you. That person is now my husband! This book brought back a lot of memories for me, and I could relate to the main character. The story line is similar to "The Devil Wears Prada"; except ...more
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Bridie Clark was born on October 7, 1977, and spent a happy childhood in West Hartford, CT. Her parents encouraged her early love of reading and writing.

In 1999, Bridie graduated from Harvard College, where she was an editor of The Harvard Crimson. She has since worked as a book and magazine editor, and written for The New York Times, Vanity Fair, New York, Quest, and Elegant Bride.

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“I'd known since girlhood that I wanted to be a book editor. By high school, I'd pore over the acknowledgments section of novels I loved, daydreaming that someday a brilliant talent might see me as the person who 'made her book possible' or 'enhanced every page with editorial wisdom and insight.' Could I be the Maxwell Perkins to some future Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Wolfe?” 10 likes
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