This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.The Knockoff by Jo Piazza, Lucy Sykes
Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on May 19, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary Women, Humorous, Romance, Romantic Comedy
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An outrageously stylish, wickedly funny novel of fashion in the digital age, The Knockoff is the story of Imogen Tate, editor in chief of Glossy magazine, who finds her twentysomething former assistant Eve Morton plotting to knock Imogen off her pedestal, take over her job, and reduce the magazine, famous for its lavish 768-page September issue, into an app. When Imogen returns to work at Glossy after six months away, she can barely recognize her own magazine. Eve, fresh out of Harvard Business School, has fired “the gray hairs,” put the managing editor in a supply closet, stopped using the landlines, and hired a bevy of manicured and questionably attired underlings who text and tweet their way through meetings. Imogen, darling of the fashion world, may have Alexander Wang and Diane von Furstenberg on speed dial, but she can’t tell Facebook from Foursquare and once got her iPhone stuck in Japanese for two days. Under Eve’s reign, Glossy is rapidly becoming a digital sweatshop—hackathons rage all night, girls who sleep get fired, and “fun” means mandatory, company-wide coordinated dances to Beyoncé. Wildly out of her depth, Imogen faces a choice—pack up her Smythson notebooks and quit, or channel her inner geek and take on Eve to save both the magazine and her career. A glittering, uproarious, sharply drawn story filled with thinly veiled fashion personalities, The Knockoff is an insider’s look at the ever-changing world of fashion and a fabulous romp for our Internet-addicted age.
Imogen Tate is a fashion icon. As Editor-In-Chief of Glossy Magazine she has launched countless designers, models and photographers. Now faced with the challenge of launching Glossy as an app, she is lost in a sea of confusing technology. And to add to that her former assistant, who is mildly sociopathic, is gunning for her job. Imogen’s once glossy life is now tarnished and she doesn’t know if she can learn how to move ahead.
I read about this book in a celeb magazine in my dentist’s office and was intrigued by the premise which was touted as a reverse The Devil Wears Prada. I got home and immediately checked for it on NetGalley, it was there but unfortunately was closed to new requests as it was due to be published the next day. I then requested it from my local library and was lucky enough to get it this week. I am always a little afraid when I wait for a book with excitement that it won’t live up to the hype. Luckily this one did. The Knockoff was a richly shaded book that wrapped around me and sucked me in. The characters were very real and the scenery just popped. Eve as the villain was amazing, and the few glimpses you get of her thought process…so good/creepy. As a person who also has a young work force who use technology I am not super familiar with, Imogen really resonated with me. This book outwardly seems like it may be fluff filled but it has real heart. This is one of those tales, that when you need affirmation when you think you’re too old or too out of touch, you will reach for. This one will have you rooting for the dinosaurs and rethinking when you reach for your phone.