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 20-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.
©2015 Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza (P)2015 Random House Audio
"Sykes and Piazza brilliantly satirize and skewer the freakiest aspects of today's changing fashion landscape with all its blogtastic insanity. Bravo girls!" (Simon Doonan, creative ambassador for Barneys New York and author of The Asylum: True Tales of Madness from a Life in Fashion)
"This is what it's really like working at a glossy, New York fashion magazine. Makes The Devil Wears Prada look like My Little Pony." (Toby Young, best-selling author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People )
"In the interest of full disclosure I must reveal that Lucy is my MUCH older twin (by over half an hour). So I am biased. But even if Lucy weren't my sister, I would still say that The Knockoff is a bang-on, absolutely of-the-moment, super-trendy, amazingly witty take on the world of online and magazine fashion. " (Plum Sykes, best-selling author of Bergdorf Blondes)
I loved this book, couldn't wait to hear more. Kept you on the edge of your seat and perfectly described as a mix of The Devil wears Prada and Silicon Valley! Love love love
I loved this book! The narrator was fantastic, I felt like I was in the office with the ladies, stressing out and eating bird food! The story was engaging and touching, a coming of age saga with a techy twist. I can't believe I'm saying this but The Knockoff blew away The Devil Wears Prada. If you enjoyed the book or even the movie, you'll love this!
I loved the story and the characters. The villainess was stereotypically bad, but in a very enjoyable way to detest. Fun listen!
Solid plot, well developed characters and stunning performance. Never a dull moment; I enjoyed this title immensely!
In my initial review of the book, which was hastily written after only listening to the book for an hour, I bashed the narrator for yelling the entire time and giving me a headache. I was very intrigued by the story, so I kept listening the next day. As I got totally into the story, the narrator became brilliant in her depiction of the various characters. The narrator was loud and as annoying as heck when she was "Eve" but that was the epitome of Eve! I take back what I originally said about the narrator and hope others will give her a chance to make the book and characters come alive. Well done. Brilliant.
From the first sentence, the narrator sounded inexplicably angry and contemptuous. I kept waiting for a reason ... for that tight, edgy voice to relax into one more in line with the light-hearted spirit of the scenes and situations she was laying before us. But no - the narration grated on.
Then there was the Millennium, Valley Girl accent with which she interpreted every. single. sentence spoken by the young women in the novel. It was sooo exaggerated? And high-pitched? And made them sound like bimbos? So the listener really wasn't sure if they were to be liked or ridiculed??
I tried to ignore the narration and concentrate on the words themselves - but this was beyond tedious and I bought the book instead. Highly recommend you do the same.
I've only just started the book and the story is good, but the narrator always seems to be yelling!! The English accent is also very thick - very distracting.
Good story but the narrator's reading is over top. I understand wanting to emphasis dramatic points but seriously chill out a little bit.
This book is to real to reality in the fashion world.
Thanking the universe that I'm no longer in that industry.
Narrator: If the screaming voice annoys you, that's too as. The narrator is simply trying to get across how extremely annoying some of the characters are. She does a great job.
Story: This story was so good and so true to the current state of things in offices. I just wish Imogen wasn't so blind to the EVEil
Good listen for long car rides to and from work!
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