Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger

November 1, 2015

Revenge Plot summary (from the publisher): Almost a decade has passed since Andy Sachs quit the job “a million girls would die for” working for Miranda Priestly at Runway magazine—a dream that turned out to be a nightmare. Andy and Emily, her former nemesis and co-assistant, have since joined forces to start a high-end bridal magazine. The Plunge has quickly become required reading for the young and stylish. Now they get to call all the shots: Andy writes and travels to her heart’s content; Emily plans parties and secures advertising like a seasoned pro. Even better, Andy has met the love of her life. Max Harrison, scion of a storied media family, is confident, successful, and drop-dead gorgeous. Their wedding will be splashed across all the society pages as their friends and family gather to toast the glowing couple.

Andy Sachs is on top of the world. But karma’s a bitch. The morning of her wedding, Andy can’t shake the past. And when she discovers a secret letter with crushing implications, her wedding-day jitters turn to cold dread. Andy realizes that nothing—not her husband, nor her beloved career—is as it seems. She never suspected that her efforts to build a bright new life would lead her back to the darkness she barely escaped ten years ago—and directly into the path of the devil herself…

Warning: Spoilers below!

Reaction:

I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had enough time to write about every book I read, but this one irked me so much that I couldn’t let it pass without taking a few jabs. This was soooo boring compared to the original, and occupied so little of the same space (characters, setting, etc.) that it didn’t feel like a sequel at all.

My biggest problem with the book is the same that so many others have pointed out: there’s simply not enough Miranda Priestly involvement at all! She turns up in person in maybe three short scenes; otherwise, her name is just used as some grisly specter that is supposed to prevent Andy from wanting to make a multimillion dollar deal. Yeah, whatever. And when Miranda did show, she wasn’t even any kind of “devil” this time around. She was hardly warm and fuzzy, but nor was she the cold, demanding, bitingly sarcastic (and wholly entertaining) taskmaster of the first book. To call this “The Devil Returns” was blatantly false advertising on Weisberger’s part, IMO.

My second problem with the book is that Andy was so unlikeable. She was whiny and insecure throughout the first half, and then turned into one of those annoying mothers who are ALL ABOUT their baby in the second half. For readers–like me–expecting the same kind of behind-the-scenes fashion world drama as the first book, this was quite a letdown. Just so, so dull and repetitive.

And finally, I just couldn’t get behind Andy’s total resistance to selling the Plunge. She objected to the clause that would require her and Emily (senior editorial staff) to remain in place for one year, saying that she couldn’t bear working for Miranda for that long. Well, guess what? She wasn’t a fresh out of college INTERN/ASSISTANT anymore!! She was a grown-ass woman and should have been able to handle Miranda’s crap. And if not? Look what happened to Emily! She got fired after 10 weeks (the first issue) which released her from Miranda’s clutches without breaching the contract. Um, hello…ANDY COULD HAVE DONE THE SAME THING!!! Same final result, minus the insipid, whiny melodrama that dragged on and on and on.

But that of course wouldn’t have let Max be the “bad guy” by siding with Emily on the sale. Then there wouldn’t have been a divorce (because, really, what else was wrong with Max?) and there wouldn’t have been the cringeworthy reunion with Alex. Gag.

Rating:

I actually liked The Devil Wears Prada (surprisingly enough) and was looking forward to another installment from this author. Revenge Wears Prada is not even in the same universe as the first book and should be avoided at all costs. I give it 1 star out of 5.

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