The Knockoff

The Knockoff

A Novel

Book - 2015
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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. 
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780385539586
0385539584
Characteristics: 338 pages
Additional Contributors: Piazza, Jo

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mammothhawk229e
Feb 09, 2017

You can teach old dog new tricks summed up novel.
Kind of nice for heterosexual new money nerd mentor lusting protagonist's older lonely client friend.

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sherit
Jul 01, 2016

Good summer read:)

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GusAndAbe
Jun 22, 2016

A mash up of old school movies - The Women, All About Eve, Sex in the City set in the Devil Wears Prada world of a high fashion magazine.
A funny tale of how Imogen a charming, heroic, technology illiterate, 40-something, cancer survivor, wife and mother of 2 who is on a quest to save her career despite the manipulations of a 20-something, bully, tech wiz, former assistant, rival, Eve.

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jdpedersen
Jun 06, 2016

Great summer read--The Devil Wears Prada in reverse. Lots of fun, good characters you can get behind; a tight, fast-paced plot; and a very satisfying ending. Won't win any prizes, but a great way to spend a few hours.

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LaFilm
May 24, 2016

Although the book is entertaining at times, it gets to be old. Reading the e-book version and am 65% done, but feel I don't need to finish it which is a bad sign.
Was hoping it would be written as well as Devil Wears Prada, but the characters just aren't that great.
Also, it's extremely annoying to have name dropping on every page: "The dress she wore was a gift from her long time friend Michael Kors..." etc etc. Boring, predictable...

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lgold08540
Jul 02, 2015

So predictable; a revised "All About Eve."

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preitzel
Jun 11, 2015

Recommend this book to your best friend over a glass of white! It will be your favorite beach read this summer. You will be LOL. ;)

JCLDianeH Jun 01, 2015

It's a bit like The Devil Wears Prada goes digital and discovers social media.

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