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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Buy it Now!

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!

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Give the narrator a chance.

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.

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I’ve tried to listen to it twice

So, I’ve tried to listen to this book twice. I absolutely loved the Devil Wears Prada movie, but I’m finding myself with the same issue with this book that I had with the book version of The Devil Wears Prada: when authors write about fashion, they tend to get stereotypical and one dimensional. I’m finding that especially with the Eve character, there’s not much depth. You’re obviously supposed to hate her and find her reprehensible, but the truth is that magazines are becoming a dead medium and someone needs to bring them into the next century. There must be a much better and more compassionate way to do that, and I think that anyone that spent time at Harvard would probably behave in a similar way and make some pretty serious missteps and miscues, but overall there needs to be more humanity written into adversaries. It’s just not reasonable. If you’re looking for solid escapism into the fashion world and a good story akin to Devil in a well-told manner, this is your book. It just wasn’t for me.

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Why are the reviews so positive?

Have never left a 1 star review before but this book is not entertaining at all. I'm not even judging it as literature. Even when judged purely within the paradigm of fluffy chick lit, it is not fun, there are no funny moments that even caused me to smile, and the narrator keeps on screaming at me. Leaving this in the hopes this will maybe help someone as I cannot understand why the reviews are so positive

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"All About Eve" meets "Devil Wears Prada."

Easy, breezy, guilty pleasure novel. Narrator was good with all the voice narrations of all characters. It was a reverse "Devil Wears Prada" with strong tones of the classic hit movie "All About Eve," in which an interloper goes after her boss' job, undermining her elder, experienced peer with now all too typical Millennial entitlement.

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Entertaining!

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

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Wow!! 100% Feel Good Book

Wow, this book was awesome! I felt so invested in all of the characters and really enjoyed following their journey!

This book was something I could totally relate to; in regards to the increased used of technology and millennials taking our jobs haha.

I would 100% recommended reading this book!

Oh - and the narration was PERFECTION!

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Performance is unbearable

I struggled to the end of chapter 2 then had to turn off the audible due to relentlessly amped up cadence from the performer. Tone and temperament get in the way from enjoying this story.

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Worst narration ever!

A thin story with shallow characters made even worse by the fact that the narrator alternately yelled and screamed her way through the entire book.
I only finished it because I was unable to return it. Do not waste your credit!

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Very entertaining

I loved the story and the characters. The villainess was stereotypically bad, but in a very enjoyable way to detest. Fun listen!

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