The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes, Jo Piazza
Published by Doubleday ISBN: 0385539584
on May 19th 2015
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.
The first thoughts that come to mind are, Loved this book!! Team Imogen! Eve on the other hand is awful! I applaud both of the authors on writing the two main characters of this book. Eve as evil, manipulating and conniving as you can possibly get. Imogen as a classy, smart, fair and very well rounded character. What a great story-line the fashion world meets the tech world. Imogen comes back from sick leave to find out that the magazine she left as Editor In Chief, Glossy, is unrecognizable. Imogen is my new favorite character, the way that she takes on technology like she is going into a battle is great! This book made me laugh out loud more than once, Imogen and the way she navigates the new world of glossy.com is hilarious at times and at times a bit sad as well to think that age in the workplace when it comes to technology especially, is so important. The age issue hit home a bit as I am in my fifties and I am sure that a twenty something is much more adept than me in many ways when it comes to technology in the workplace.
The story line was such a good one, I was cheering Imogen on every step of the way, I loved how she never caved in, just kept forging ahead with all of her plans. Imogen’s friend Bridget was another character that I grew fond of, she does not have a huge role in the book but just enough for me to know that maybe Bridget needs her own story? I would love to read another book by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza!