Revenge Wears Prada
Simon & Schuster, 2013
I loved this book so much more than I thought I would. It's better than The Devil Wears Prada, by a long shot. (You should know: I bailed on Devil because it was getting on my nerves. I love-love-love the movie, but the book got to be too much. I also bailed on Everyone Worth Knowing, because it felt like a repeat of Devil, just a different industry). But Revenge Wears Prada, now there's a story!
Revenge picks up about ten years after the events of Devil. Andy and Emily are now best friends and business partners (there's a shocker!), running the super hot wedding magazine The Plunge. As the book opens, it's Andy's wedding day - marrying investment golden boy and heartthrob son of one of New York's leading familes, Max Harrison. Everything is a fairy tale, better than a fairy tale because this is real life. Then Andy finds a letter to Max from his mother, and her world rattles on its axis. She pushes through, makes the wedding happen, and decides she can handle this. She must. So why is she so sick over things that may mean nothing at all? (Who doesn't see where this is going?) As if all these huge - and a little unexpected - life changes weren't enough to handle, Miranda Priestly waltzes back into Andy's life. While Emily is ecstatic that Miranda wants to buy their magazine, Andy is distraught. It's as if her worst nightmare came true, and nobody understands why she doesn't want to be back in Miranda's control again. Not even Max. Especially not Max, who views it as the ultimate sign of success. As the drama and tension builds, Andy is forced to make some really big, really tough decisions.
I really feel like Revenge is a more balanced story than Devil, and I love the way Andy really grows and matures. She's human and perhaps a little dramatic at times, but she's real. She's growing. She knows what she wants, and what she doesn't want, and when the time comes she makes the tough decisions that make her happiest. And of course, all things work out as they should in the long run.
Book provided by my local library.