Friday, August 16, 2013

review: revenge wears prada by lauren weisberger

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Picking up a decade after The Devil Wears Prada, Revenge Wears Prada explains what’s happened with Andy and Emily after Andy so stunningly quit Runway. Despite Andy’s dreams of working for The New Yorker, she discovered that the shrinking market for journalists means making compromises if you want to eat. So when Andy and Emily have a surprising reunion during a cooking class they both randomly signed up for, Andy is writing for an online wedding site. Emily, who Miranda ended up firing, initially has some snide remarks, but then admits she’s read Andy’s work and liked it. And that’s how the two end up launching a wedding magazine called The Plunge. The Plunge needs investors, of course, which brings in Max, who Andy marries at the beginning of the book. Lauren Weisberger details the ups and downs of Andy’s marriage and the struggle to run a magazine while caring for infant. Running the magazine becomes all the more stressful when Miranda Priestly reappears with an offer to buy The Plunge, but only if Andy and Emily agree to stay on for at least a year.

Weisberger created an incredibly realistic picture of how Andy’s life would turn out. Although one wants to imagine the heroine of the The Devil Wears Prada would be crazy successful, that’s just not today’s world for anyone with media aspirations. Andy maintained her go-getter attitude while revealing her many conflicting emotions. With Weisberger’s mostly spot-on details (I found it hard to believe when Emily slammed her phone shut in Chapter 18—Emily would totally have an iPhone), it was easy to imagine how the characters evolved over the years. And the setup of Miranda’s revenge was perfect.

About the audiobook: Megan Hilty!!! I want Hilty to narrate every audiobook from now on. Her reading was absolutely incredible—she read every thought and dialogue in such a way that I could visualize the characters who were thinking or saying them. I also never had any question as to who was speaking as Hilty gave each a distinctive voice. Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger was released in 2013 by Simon & Schuster Audio. It runs 13 hours.
Review copy provided by Audiobook Jukebox.

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