The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza
Book Blurb: 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.
I received a copy of this novel about a year ago, and my only regret is that it took me so long to get around to reading this book! The story was thoroughly entertaining and I highly recommend it to anyone that has an interest in the fashion world. Or anyone who enjoys a clever, well-written humorous women’s fiction novel.
This book was fast-paced and filled to the brim with humor, filled with real-life issues that people are faced with today. I loved Imogen’s character! She comes back from a personal leave from work, only to find that everything has changed. She’s still the editor in chief, but what does that look like for a fashion magazine that no longer exists in print form but instead, only lives online?
Eve, oh Eve. I wonder where the author found the inspiration to create a character that psychotic and cruel. Can a human being actually be that incredibly mean, and can someone that smart really be that clueless? Take it from me, Eve offers an inordinate amount of laughs from all of the ridiculous things she does.
I felt immersed in the fashion world that the author created for us and was sad to see the story end, but absolutely loved the ending! As I mentioned earlier, I highly recommend adding this novel to your TBR!
I received a complimentary review copy from the author via NetGalley. My opinions are reflected 100% honestly.
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