Book Review: The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza


Title: The Knockoff: a novel
Authors: Lucy Skykes and Jo Piazza
Publisher: Doubleday
ebook ISBN: 978-0-385-53958-6 (Hardcover)
Pages: 310

Description From

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 twenty-something 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.

From the Hardcover edition.

My Review:

Even though the main character is a 40-something woman who is completely clueless about technology, I feel like I can related to her or other characters.  In today’s workplace, continuous learning is a must.  I think Imogen sets a good example to all the new corporate employees out there.  A master or PhD from an Ivy League schools might land you a job but skills are what get you promotions or somewhere in your career.  Adapting is very important.

The knockoff is a funny and well-written book.  I even had to google some of the apps it mentions in the book.  What I do not like about this book is that the authors think a person who can use social media or apps is a techie/nerd.  A business degree and computer science are totally two different things.

I believe the company can changed dramatically in six months, but the industry should not have changed that much.  Facebook and blogs have been out for over 10 years, twitter and Instagram are not new either.  People in the industry have been using them, so her absence for six months should not have any significant changes in Fashion Week or New York City.

Imogen character is based on one of the authors, Lucy Sykes, who has work for Marie Claire as Fashion Director.

Highly recommended this book to anyone who likes The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger or girls who like fashion with some bullyings.

4.5 stars of out 5

Received a free digital copy from in exchange for an honest review.


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