Beth Leiss


Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns

By Lauren Weisberger

Simon and Schuster

Finding the sequel to The Devil Wears Prada finally published, I anxiously grabbed it for a fun, easy read.

Whether you are familiar with the story of idealist writer, Andy, and her encounter working for fashion magazine editor queen bee, Miranda Priestly, or not, you will enjoy this book.

However, I recommend that you read the first book or watch the movie, made popular with wonderful performances by Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway.

In this sequel, we will once again, find the story intertwined with descriptions of the lux-life in Manhattan, up to date fashion, and the desire to look right for the occasion.

Reading this book makes one want to trade in their jeans and yoga pants for fine tweed trousers, anything cashmere, and wear the most expensive red lipstick available.

Ten years after leaving Miranda, Andy finds herself as the creator and editor of her very own bridal magazine.

A bridal magazine like no other, featuring couture gowns and celebrity weddings, meant to inspire brides in creating the perfect ceremony and reception.

Surprisingly, Andy has teamed up with former nemesis and co assistant to Miranda Priestly, Emily, to bring this magazine to fruition.

After bearing horrible abuse from Miranda and Emily, Andy finds a common ground with her former co-worker; their strong dislike for the "evil" Miranda.

Possibly, this is the only thing that the two women ultimately do share.

Andy feels pure joy in knowing she has created the perfect job for herself with the staff she adores, workable hours, and perks that give her all of the fun she found in working for the iconic Runway Magazine.

She also has fallen in love with Max, a former and famous playboy, not unlike Robert Kennedy Jr., with a father that ran the one-time thriving family business, into the ground.

She feels lucky to be engaged to Max, but feels very little connection to Max's mother, having a less glamorous upbringing than his family.

When Andy and Emily find themselves in the presence of Miranda's reach, Andy finds that maybe Emily and her do not share the same feelings about the venomous woman.

Although Miranda is interested in acquiring the wedding magazine for the publishing company she now runs, she still has trouble remembering Andy and Emily's names.

Andy is distressed at the idea of surrendering the popular magazine, but Emily appears to still be under some kind of spell in the company of Miranda.

Things get even more complicated when Andy learns that her first love, Alex, has returned to Manhattan. When she runs into Alex, she is troubled and wonders if she missed the boat in letting their relationship end. Has Andy changed so much from the socially responsible writer she first dreamed about after college? Maybe she is the same girl wishing for the perfect job, to change the world for the better.

Beth Leiss was raised in Bismarck and has always enjoyed reading all kinds of books. Her dream is to pass her love of reading on to her girls as her mother passed it on to her.