Title: The Knockoff
Author: Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
Publish Date: May 19, 2015
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "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
My Two Cents:
Knockoff" is a hilarious riff on the changing times in the magazine
publishing world. Imogen is good at her job. She knows she is. When she
comes back after a hiatus, she finds that she is in the process of being
replaced but Imogen will not go without a fight. This book explores how
Imogen is able to get her groove back and squash Eve, her former
assistant, back to where she belongs.
This book took me awhile to
get into because of the characters (it takes awhile to get to know
them) but I ended up liking the book. I really liked this book because
it speaks to the way that so many industries are changing with the
advent of new technology. New technology is great but if there is no
substance behind what you're doing or selling, you will still fall flat.
Imogen realizes this. Eve does not. I loved seeing the tug-of-war
between Imogen and Eve. You're pulling for Imogen the whole time as she
is trying to find her footing.
This is a fun read that shed some
light on the fashion and magazine world for me. It's a light read! It
also happens to be Lucy Sykes' debut novel.
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