look so hot on a fat girl."
She realizes that she, in that thought, has begun to embody the
attitude.While working for Miranda, she receives a letter from a teenager, telling Miranda that sheloves her magazine, spends all her money on trying to look like the models, but still hatesherself because "my butt is huge" and "I'm too fat". The teenager begs Miranda to sendher a dress to wear to her prom, but ends by telling her that, even if she throws the letter in the trash can, she'll still love her. Andrea begins to doubt the true value of her job, as itis, primarily, encouraging the woman who makes teenagers all over America hatethemselves as much as this one. However, she keeps going, thinking that it will all beworthwhile when she gets a job at
The New Yorker
.The 14-hour days she puts in almost routinely leave her little free time to spend with Alexand with Lily, who increasingly turns to alcohol and picks up dubious men to relieve pressures of graduate school. Her relationship with her family also suffers. Her parentscomplain she doesn't visit her older sister, who expects her first child. Andrea ignores allthis, even to the point of staying at work when Lily is arrested for going 'bottomless'while on a date with her latest dubious conquest.Matters finally come to a head when Emily gets mononucleosis and Andrea must travelto Paris with Miranda. Andrea agrees, although this will mean canceling her trip for Alex's homecoming weekend, which has dire consequences on her relationship withAlex.In Paris, she has a surprise encounter with Christian. Later that night, Miranda finally letsdown her guard a little bit and asks Andrea what she's learned, and where she'd like towork afterwards. She promises to place phone calls to people she knows at
on Andrea's behalf once her year is up, and tells her she can actually do somesmall written pieces for
.But back at the hotel, she gets two urgent calls from Alex and her parents asking her tocall them. She does so and learns that Lily is comatose in the hospital after driving drunk and wrecking a car.Though Andrea is receiving pressure from her family and Alex to return home, she tellsMiranda she will honor the commitment. Miranda is greatly pleased, and tells her that her future in magazine publishing is looking bright. At the Paris fashion show for ChristianDior, however, a livid Miranda phones her. After she hangs up, Andrea stares at her phone, trying to think how to accommodate Miranda's impossible demand. Then, Andreafinally realizes that her family and friends are more important than her job, and realizesthat she is becoming more and more like Miranda. On the spot, Andrea flips out her cell phone and tells her family that she's coming home. Miranda disapproves, but Andrea tellsMiranda publicly "Fuck you, Miranda.
." She is fired on the spot, but returnshome to reconnect with her friends and family. Her romantic relationship with Alex is beyond repair, but they remain friends. Lily recovers and fares well in court for her DUIcharge, receiving only community service.