Bodice Rippers & Erotica Book Reviews: Lauren Weisberger

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Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns
Everyone Worth Knowing
The Devil Wears Prada

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Read by Tracy June 2013

This is the sequel to the very popular book The Devil Wears Prada which I loved - how could you not and for once the movie was just fantastic, but I put that down to one character - Miranda Priestly superbly played by Meryl Streep.

The Blurb: 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...

My Review: I had very high hopes for this book, but alas it lacked the punch from the first novel, which surprisingly was 10 years earlier. I am not sure if that is because the character of Miranda moves into the background, it is more the thought of her, not her actual presence that causes nightmares for Andy. I am also not sure about the title - who had the Revenge? So we are ten years on and Andy still his nightmares about Miranda who almost destroyed her soul. Since then she has grown and after years of freelancing she found herself as a contributing editor for a wedding blog and finally was able to be involved in the launch of her own magazine The Plunge. However, it is almost as if Andy has swapped Miranada for her mother-in-law, maybe she just has issues with older successful women. I felt that Andy has lost any of her likeability; she is now just a shadow of her former self and forgets about some of the priorities in life. Her husband Max Harrison has inherited the family fortune after his father's death, but it isn't what everyone thinks, the trust is in debt and the assets are being sold off. Max had been one of the original investors of The Plunge that Andy and Emily set up, but Andy refuses to sell the magazine for a huge profit, against the advice of all those involved. I think this was the possible revenge, but it backfired and Andy must start to realise she is selfish, but alas there is no realisations no lofty aspirations. The only bright light was Emily who still runs everything from her rolodex and did have some great one liners, but how she and Andy caught up was unbelievable and so was the thought that Emily, after being sacked from Runway, would leave Harper’s Bazaar to join a start-up magazine. Of course then there is the lack of credibility of the magazine start-up, I doubt there are many magazines that make money from day one. One thing I found annoying, and unsure if it is just an issue with the ebook, is that nearly every sentence from Andy ends in nothing, as if she trails off (For the record, we definetly did not sleep together that day in the Hamptons. We didn't even' and then 'Nina, I really'. Sometimes, the next sentences didn't quite make sense as you did not feel the person was interrupting them. This book did not fill the very large shoes it tried. On a positive note, the movie may be so much more, after all it is reputed that Meryl has signed up!

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Read by Tracy September 2010

Tracy recommends to help you sleep

Okay I enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada, it was funny and witty and the movie was also good - not for rocket scientists, but let's face it most of us aren't. Bette Robinson quits her high profile banking job and ends up working for a PR firm where she knows all the hot new things and gets into all the most wanted NYC clubs to smoosh the party favorites. However, a newspaper column starts following her and does not hold back in relation to her public and private life, all the while I kept thinking - who cares. If you don't want people to know your personal life, don't work in a job that encourages you to climb the social ladder at the expense of your friends, family and love life. This was definately your standard "chick-lit" book and I struggled to finish it.

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Read by Natalie 2006 and Tracy 2008

Natalie and Tracy recommend this as fun reading

Rumoured to be based on one girl's experience of working with the infamous Vogue editor Anna Wintour, this tells the story of an "average" girl trying to cut it working for one of the fashion industry's most highly valued magazines. It is a funny book and entertaining reading, just as the movie version is fun, entertaining viewing.

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