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June 23, 2013

Return of Prada: 10 years later, Andy Sachs is back

By Terri Schlichenmeyer
Correspondent

---- — 'Revenge Wears Prada,' by Lauren Weisberger

c.2013, Simon & Schuster, $25.99, 387 pages

In the Annals of Job-Quitting, the quit you executed was fabulous.

Everybody thought you were a lifer. Nobody thought you’d ever leave. And yet, you’d been quietly job-hunting for months, and on the day you got the call you were waiting for (and the new position), you shocked them all and you quit.

You couldn’t stop smiling.

Ten years ago, Andy Sachs famously quit her job at Runway with a big, Parisian f-bomb. In the new book “Revenge Wears Prada” by Lauren Weisberger, she should’ve known that you can’t escape The Devil that easily.

Post-traumatic stress syndrome. Andy was sure she had that once, thanks to her assistant’s job with Miranda Priestly at Runway magazine. Now, it had been a full decade since she’d escaped, 10 years since Miranda’s ring-tone made Andy cringe.

Ten years since Andy quit in a blaze of dubious glory. Things sure had changed in that decade.

Right after she left Runway, Andy found work as a wedding blogger. Her best friend, Lily, moved to Colorado; and Alex, Andy’s first love, broke up with her in a most pathetic way.

Not long after that, Andy and her former-enemy-turned-bestie, Emily, started The Plunge, a fabulous celeb-and-picture-filled wedding magazine, the cover on which every bride wanted to be. Best of all, Emily introduced Andy to Max Harrison, and now Andy was a newlywed.

But, of course, life never runs smoothly. On the morning of her wedding, Andy accidentally found a letter from Max’s mother and it turned out that Barbara hated Andy. That undermined Andy’s self-confidence, despite that Max was loving, handsome and supportive. He was also good with investments: He was one of The Plunge’s earliest backers, after all.

Yep, The Plunge was good. It was Andy’s “baby,” and it made her happy. Everybody loved that magazine: including Elias-Clark, the firm that wanted to acquire it; the firm that also owned Runway.

Runway, with Miranda Priestly at the helm …

Oh my, there’s a lot going on in “Revenge Wears Prada.” And you’re going to love every single page of it.

It’s always nice to reconnect with old friends, especially when they’re as sweet and smart as Andy Sachs. Author Lauren Weisberger let her character mature since 2003's "The Devil Wears Prada," but she otherwise hasn’t altered those aspects of Andy’s personality. Even though it’s been 10 years since we first met her, Andy’s just as endearing as she was in Weisberger’s first book.

What’s different here is that Miranda Priestly is even more evil. Honestly, there’s one passage in this book that made my skin crawl. It’s deliciously scary, like almost out of a horror novel, and that couldn’t be more perfect.

I really don’t think you need to have read Weisberger’s first novel to understand this one; it might help, but you can get a sense of what happened pretty much anywhere. I can tell you this, though: Whether you’re new to this story, or you’re an old fan from way-back, once you start reading “Revenge Wears Prada,” you won’t be able to quit.