Book: Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns (The Devil Wears Prada book #2) by Lauren Weisberger
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
It may have taken me a while to finish reading this (I've been a little busy) but it was worth trying to find time to read it. In Revenge Wears Prada, it's been nearly a decade since Andrea "Andy" Sachs quit her horrendously stressful job as assistant to domineering Runway magazine Editor-in-Chief Miranda Priestly.
Since then, Andy's life has taken on a few changes, such as her and Emily Charlton, another former Runway assistant to Miranda, have created a high-end luxury wedding magazine called The Plunge. She also recently married Max Harrison, a media mogul she met while in the process of starting up the magazine, and they were expecting their first child.
Just when it seem like Andy's life was at its happiest (give or take a few hiccups), Miranda Priestly re-entered her life when Elias-Clark, the publisher of Runway magazine wanted to buy The Plunge. Elias-Clark is the most prestigious and biggest publishing company and it should be a dream that they were interested in buying their three year old magazine but Andy was not thrilled with the idea. Especially when it meant they would have to deal with Miranda, who was now the Editorial Director for all of Elias-Clark's magazines given her even more power. No amount of courting was going to change Andy's mind because she didn't want to give their beloved magazine to Miranda and Elias-Clark not after all the time and hard work she and Emily had put into creating it.
However, Emily was totally on board with selling the magazine and thought this was a great opportunity for them. It wasn't just the magazine drama getting to Andy but having to balance her new life as a mom and everything that goes with it.
Revenge Wears Prada is an interesting read because not only does it continue to explore the glamorous/fantasy side of working in magazine publishing but also what Andy was going through with being a new mom. I like that you see a lot of moments of Andy's life after she quit working for Miranda and how she regrouped after that extremely difficult year. It was interesting to see how she became really good friends with Emily and how they created the magazine. And certainly not to be overlooked is that Miranda continued to be a complete terror, I guess some things never change.
There is plenty of humor, drama and romance with this surprisingly moving story that had quite a few unexpected things happening. I found that trust, friendship and self-respect were some of the underlying elements in this story with Andy continuing to figure out who she is and where she wants to go with her life. I like that there is no cut off period for self-discovery, we are always growing and finding out new things about ourselves. As well as being aware of things that are always there and perhaps pay more attention to them.
This was a wonderful sequel to The Devil Wears Prada, it's fun and entertaining as it sometimes had me going through a roller coaster of emotions alongside Andy. However, in the end it left me feeling happy with the direction Andy's life was heading.