First, what the hell happened to Andy? Where is the down-to-earth, intelligent, Ivy-League graduate who had her head on her shoulders? Why has she been replaced with a whiny, self-absorbed, overly-sensitive idiot.
Things I hated about Andy:
1. You find a letter on your wedding day from your future mother-in-law that states a) she thinks that you are an inferior, not good enough for her son because you want a career, and b) that the groom ran into his ex-girlfriend during his bachelor party (in the Caribbean of all places), a fact that he failed to mention. Despite your husband-to-be's obvious love and devotion, who shows no signs of sharing his mother's classist views, you go totally nuts and don't even tell him that you are pregnant.
2. She cannot communicate. At all. For someone who is a writer, she seriously lacks basic communication skills. Ugh.
3. Stop, just stop whining about your old boss. Yes, she was a draconian, demeaning boss, but seriously, PTSD? Please, stop complaining about Miranda Priestly from 10 years ago.
Speaking of Miranda Priestly, where was she throughout this entire novel?!? She was present for like, 10 pages, then POOF! She was gone. So disappointing. While she made her brief appearance, she was completely different! Gone are the craziness, outrageous behaviour and snarky one-liners and in her place, a snobby, uptight pretender. Sure, she's mean and a little irrational, but she's not the same Miranda Priestly that we all loved.
My other qualm with this book - where is the "revenge"? What Miranda does, attempting to acquire the girls' magazine, can hardly be called revenge. The book is not based on some 10-year vendetta from the girls' point of view, nor is it a plot to get back at them from Miranda's point of view. I'm so confused.
I was also immensely irritated with the choppy writing style. Honestly, you wouldn't know that Weisberger had written previous bestsellers. She didn't stay with the 1st person narrative throughout the book, the overly repetitive plot (We get it. Andy doesn't want to sell, Emily does. We all know what happens in the end. **SPOILER - they sell. Shocker!!!). Then, let's throw in Christian, Andy's ex. What was the point of that? Did she just need some page filler, because he really didn't fit into the story at all. This story was just all over the place. Plus there's the whole notion that Emily and Andy ended up being best-friends and business partners, that was definitely a stretch.
There were a few redeeming scenes, but unfortunately they were few and far between. I missed the fun mean girl spirit of the first book. This one just left me wanting so much more, and not in a good way.