Book Review: The Devil Wears Prada

Yeah, I know DWP is not the height of literature but I’m a stay at home mom and I tend to read some pretty fluffy stuff. Theoretically this is a step up from my usual romance novels.

This movie just came out and the preview looked cute so I thought I’d read the book to see what it was about. I was unprepared for the sheer number of pages of train wreck-ocity. I wanted to stop reading but just I couldn’t put it down. The main character floats into a job at a fashion magazine, is tortured extensively by the editor-in-chief and somehow loses her ability to make decisions until the end of the book when she suddenly realizes that she can quit and find another job. I didn’t like the unnatural focus on women’s appearance or the fact that the editor-in-chief had zero redeeming qualities other than her status as editor. There was a big section in the middle where I hated all the characters. That sounds like I didn’t like the book and for the most part, I’d say that’s pretty accurate.

But despite all of that, there was something there that kept me turning pages. For one, Lauren Weisberger has a pretty good ear for conversation. She has some good scene construction. And it was funny, funny, funny maybe in some spots not how she intended it to be but I laughed anyway. And in the end the main character finds her spine and does something more positive with her life (like go and write a thinly-veiled novel account of her life).

I loaned DWP to Jessica so I’m anxious to hear her review of it.

What I’m reading now and will review next: David Sederis’ Me Talk Pretty One Day.