Revenge Wears Prada Review - She's Back...
by Lauren Weisberger
Published in 2013
The sequel to The Devil Wears Prada, Revenge Wears Prada was released 10 years after the first book was published. After having watched the movie several times already and reading the book a few times, I was definitely looking for more Miranda Priestly so I was thrilled when the sequel was released because I needed to know more about this #Girlboss from hell! This time, Revenge Wears Prada follows Andy and Emily with the magazine they started on their own.
Revenge Wears Prada begins 10 years after Andy left the “job a million girls will die for”, Andy and Emily start their own bridal magazine, The Plunge. Finally free of Miranda Priestly and running an extremely successful magazine, Andy and Emily are happy as Andy has the freedom to travel and write while Emily plans parties and secures advertising. See, there’s light at the end of the tunnel when you leave a crappy job! Andy is engaged to a wealthy, young man named Max who is very much in love with her and their wedding is the talk of society.He has also helped invest in the magazine, The Plunge in support of Andy. However, she quickly learns that as perfect as everything seems, you can’t shake the devil that easily.
Andy gets pregnant and gives birth to Clementine and continues to live in her happy bubble with Max. Miranda Priestly notices the success of The Plunge and makes an offer to buy the magazine. Emily and Max both want to sell the magazine to her, but Andy is hesitant because she doesn’t want to be tied back to Miranda Priestly and she fears that it will change the magazine. After realizing that Miranda intends to take full control of the magazine once she buys it, Andy decides to reject the offer. However, Emily and Max out-vote her and decide to sell to Miranda, which makes Andy furious. She divorces Max and ends her friendship with Emily and becomes a writer of The New Yorker.
After re-starting her life once again, she runs into her old flame from the first book, Alex. He ends his relationship and gets back together with Andy and Andy begins to feel normal again as life starts coming back together. Later, Andy learns that she was right and Miranda really took over the magazine and even fired Emily as she realizes she made the right decision to once again get away from Miranda Priestly.
Final Rating & Thoughts: 5/10
Revenge Wears Prada was an okay read, but not as good as the first book was. The best part of the first book was the crazy demands of Miranda Priestly and the frenziness behind the fashion world. In this book however, all of that is taken out and the first half of the book is just about Andy’s new perfect life. While as an individual I am happy for her, as a reader it gets boring when you are reading page after page of a perfect life when I know I am really here to see some action! I also expected Miranda to shake things up a little more and I feel like her part in this book is very brief and minor. I would have been more interested to see Andy still at the magazine after Miranda bought it and watching them butt heads as Miranda starts implementing the different changes. By the end of the book, I felt like I didn’t understand who got their revenge as the title suggests. Emily got screwed over and so did Andy and Miranda got her “revenge” by getting the magazine but if Andy didn’t care by the end, is it really “revenge”? If anyone was supposed to get revenge at the end of this book, I thought it would be Andy since she was the one who was miserable working for Miranda that whole time.
I also didn’t really like the romance between Andy and Max and then later on getting back with Alex. These books aren’t really meant to be a romance novel so it is frustrating to read these scenes when I really just don’t care about either of these guys. She sees the note right before her wedding that shows that Max might be unfaithful with his ex-girlfriend and decides to ignore it and just continue marrying him. I am glad she at least came to her senses when he sells the magazine because if he really cared about her, he would have supported her decision not to sell. I know her ending up with Alex at the end is meant to be nostalgic as if her journey has finally come full circle, but it almost feels like a sloppy ending that is thrown together.
Overall, if you really enjoyed the first book and want to know what happens next in Andy’s life, then I would recommend this book. However, I think even if you just read the first book, The Devil Wears Prada, you would be extremely satisfied with it and can skip Revenge Wears Prada so you can get all the good stuff with Miranda Priestly and the crazy situations Andy gets into in the fashion world and can skip out on all the unnecessary drama in this book.