It’s been ten years since Andy Sachs ditched her thankless job at Runway magazine, telling the evil Miranda Priestly to “f— off!” while standing in the streets of Paris. When we last saw her, she was a twenty-something who had gotten her first dose of reality. She was trying to piece her life back together and follow her dream of becoming a serious journalist.
Oh, how a decade can change a person. After trying (and failing) to get her foot in the door of Serious Journalism, Andy has found her niche writing about the wedding industry. She’s now best friends with her former Runway nemesis, Emily, and the two have managed to build a high-end wedding magazine, The Plunge. But the biggest change of all is Andy’s love life: she’s about to be married to a playboy media mogul named Max Harrison. Against all odds, the two seem perfect for eachother.
Then, on the day of her wedding, Andy stumbles across a letter that changes her perception of everything: her soon-to-be mother-in-law doesn’t want the wedding to happen; Andy apparently isn’t good enough for their established, moneyed family. The revelation is enough to throw Andy into a tailspin. Meanwhile the success of The Plunge has caught the eye of The Devil herself; Miranda has also risen in the ranks over the last decade, and now she’s more powerful than ever.
Truth be told, it’s kind of a dumb premise for a book (and don’t even get me started on the ridiculous title). Twentysomething Andy Sachs had a good reason to be neurotic: Miranda Priestly was her boss. But thirtysomething Andrea Sachs is a grown up who’s all about distance and perspective. She’s had enough of a level head to build the Runway of wedding magazines from scratch. She’s about to be married to a handsome, rich guy who adores her, and the two of them have enough social pull to have Monique Lhullier design a custom dress for her and a world-class fashion photographer take their pictures so that they can be featured on the cover of The Plunge. Come on…someone in this position would not lose it over one bitchy, entirely benign letter written behind her back! Nor would they go as overboard as Andy did in the aftermath. For real, y’all. It’s overkill.
But the real drama, of course, really kicks in when Miranda Priestly comes into the picture. Just like last time, Miranda’s presence begins poisoning Andy’s personal life. I won’t go into the details of the Miranda storyline, but she constantly sets Andy on edge whether she’s physically present or not. After the wedding, Andy’s life seems to snowball downhill in unexpected ways, and so much of it comes back to Miranda.
This book isn’t as fresh as The Devil Wears Prada, but it’s entertaining nonetheless. It’s oftentimes melodramatic, and it’s a bit of a stretch for Miranda to be written back in the way that she was, but what would the book be without it’s devil? All in all, it’s enjoyable summer fluff.
Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns was published on June 4, 2013 by Simon & Schuster.