Author: Lauren Weisberger, 2013.
Genre: Chick-Lit. Contemporary Romance.
Other Details: Audiobook. Unabridged (12 hours, 58 mins) Read by Megan Hilty
Eight years after saying goodbye to Runway, and escaping the clutches of Miranda Priestly, it seems as though Andrea 'Andy' Sachs has the perfect life. The lowly assistant is herself now tabloid fodder. She edits The Plunge, the hottest bridal magazine on newsstands, and works side-by-side with Emily, her old Runway colleague and new BFF.
Andy is madly in love with Max, a dashing scion of a storied media company, and planning to tie the knot. But Andy is still haunted by her days at Runway, and the spectre of Miranda Priestly. Andy can hardly know that all her efforts to build a bright new life will lead her directly to the one she fled — and into the path of Miranda. - synopsis from Revenge Wear Prada UK website.
I had so enjoyed Weisberger's 'The Devil Wears Prada' when I recently read it. Hardly great literature but it was funny with a sharp satirical edge that took no prisoners. However, it's highly anticipated sequel was a damp squib in comparison.
Still it was readable (or in this case proved a good in-car audio choice) but there was really nothing to distinguish it from hundreds of others in the chick-lit sub genre about 30-something women seeking to 'have it all' and meeting various obstacles along life's highway. I had glanced at a few Goodreads reviews before starting it and so my expectations were not that high.
I was curious to find out what happened to Andy, Emily and others from 'Devil' but didn't need to read 400 pages for that. There was a lot of padding and while Miranda Priestly loomed large in Andy's memory; her role here was more of a cameo. I expect in the decade since Weisberger penned 'Devil' she's lost that initial anger that had fuelled that novel following her experiences at Vogue. There was an opportunity here to satirize the celebrity worship that dominates Western culture but it wasn't taken up. I felt she tip-toed as not to offend anyone. Maybe that is what having a successful novel and an even more successful movie adaptation ultimately leads to.