The Devil Wears Prada is a modern classic in women’s fiction (or Chick Lit as some would call it). Miranda Priestly, the in-house devil, is the notorious editor-in-chief of Runway, the most premier fashion magazine in print.
Andy Sachs knows how to write, but she knows nothing about fashion. That is, until she lands the coveted position as Miranda Priestley’s second assistant—a job a million girls would kill for.
The Devil Wears Prada is set in New York City in the cut-throat world of high fashion.
Here are ten recommendations for books you’ll swoon over if you loved The Devil Wears Prada.
Some of these books are easy-to-read chick lit stories while others are deeper and darker. A lot of them take place in New York, involve the rich and glamorous, and are filled with scandal and drama that will have you flipping frantically to the end.
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AUTHOR: Stephanie Danler
SIMILARITIES: New York City | Young female protagonist | Navigating the uncertainties of a new job/ world | Finding one’s identity
SIMILARITIES: Sweetbitter is the story of 22-year-old Tess, a runaway to New York City. Alone and broke, she takes a job at the first restaurant she comes across—one of the city’s most cut-throat and elite establishments.
She’s thrown into an unknown world of exquisite food, expensive wine, and wreckless men. As she learns to navigate the fast-paced world she’s gotten herself involved in, she learns who she is, what she wants, and more importantly—what she doesn’t.
2. Places I Stopped on the Way Home
AUTHOR: Megan Fee
SIMILARITIES: New York City | Young female protagonist | Finding one’s identity
SIMILARITIES: This is a memoir made up of essays spanning a decade of the author’s life in New York City.
In Places I Stopped on the Way Home, you can expect drama, humor, and a general heartwarming as she regales of her times in one of the world’s most crazy places, as she tried to figure out who she was and what that meant.
3. Bergdorf Blondes
AUTHOR: Plum Sykes
SIMILARITIES: New York City | Young female protagonist | High fashion world | Easy read
SUMMARY: Bergdorf Blondes is a fun book about a girl only referred to as “Moi”. Although the main character isn’t the brightest crayon in the box, this satirical story is sharp and entertaining. Moi has many blunders as she lives her glamorous life in New York City, making her way into the most elite restaurants, shows, shops—and bed—in the city and beyond.
4. Crazy Rich Asians
AUTHOR Kevin Kwan
SIMILARITIES: City Life (NYC and Singapore) | Glamorous lifestyle | High-fashion world | The world’s most elite | Easy read
SUMMARY: Crazy Rich Asians is a must read if you love getting a front row look into the world’s most elite, glamorous, and richest of rich.
The opening scene paints a perfect picture of how rich the main characters really are—upon being at the receiving end of prejudice from a racist hotel clerk, the family buys the hotel and promptly fires him. Talk about retribution.
This is a story of life and love—otherwise known as drama and scheming—with a heavy-handed sprinkle of glitz and glamour.
5. The Bell Jar
AUTHOR: Sylvia Plath
SIMILARITIES: New York City | Young female protagonist | Dark side of beauty
SUMMARY: The Bell Jar is a dark story of Esther and her descend into a mental breakdown, told in such a way that you don’t realize you’ve dived right into the deep end with her until it’s too late.
The Bell Jar takes an alternate look at the world of glamour and success, showing just how dirty and harrowing life can be, regardless of who you are.
6. Play It As It Lays
AUTHOR: Joan Didion
SIMILARITIES: City Life (Los Angeles) | Young female protagonist | Glamorous lifestyle | Dark side of beauty
SUMMARY: Set in Los Angeles in the 1960s, Play It As It Lays is a story that unearths the sad and dark parts of a glamorous life. Maria, an ex-model, has it all, yet feels nothing.
Told with brevity and style, Play It As It Lays is a story that challenges the meaning of life and draws the question—is there even one?
7. Confessions of a Shopaholic
AUTHOR: Sophie Kinsella
SIMILARITIES: City Life (London) | Young female protagonist | High-fashion world | Easy read
SUMMARY: Confessions of a Shopaholic is a hilarious and lighthearted read about Becky, a girl so addicted to shopping, it controls every inch of her life.
Although told in a funny and humorous way, Confessions of a Shopaholic takes a light-hearted look at what being a shopaholic can do to you and the ways that more things can actual make you lose it all.
8. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
AUTHOR: Truman Capote
SIMILARITIES: New York City | Young female protagonist | Glamorous lifestyle
SUMMARY: Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the story of the breathtakingly perfect Holly Golightly, a woman who never fails to charm those around her. Although she is the subject of many almost dangerous obsessions, her life is anything but the pure glamour she exudes. Holly lives in a deep pit of darkness and despondency, where the only place she can find a bit of light is Tiffany’s.
9. Something Borrowed
AUTHOR: Emily Giffin
SIMILARITIES: New York City | Young female protagonist | Easy read
SUMMARY: In Something Borrowed, good girl Rachel has always done everything by the book—until she sleeps with her best friend’s fiancé. Somehow finding herself in the middle of a sordid love triangle, Rachel has to decide between friendship or true love. But first, she has to find out, are the friendship or the love even worth such a loss?
10. Gossip Girl
AUTHOR: Cecily von Ziegesar
SIMILARITIES: New York City | Young female protagonists | Glamorous lifestyle | The world’s most elite | Easy read
SUMMARY: Gossip Girl is the first novel in a long series. It chronicles the crazy and scandalous lives of New York City’s richest families, focusing on the beyond beautiful high-school members.
Involved in activities way beyond their age, the characters are mean, wild, and utterly hopeless, yet completely fascinating.
Are they any books you love similar to The Devil Wears Prada that aren’t on this list? If so, leave them in the comments below!