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The Knockoff

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  8,010 Ratings  ·  1,122 Reviews
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.

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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Doubleday (first published January 1st 2015)
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Kristie Helms
Jun 07, 2015 Kristie Helms rated it it was ok
This book was ridiculous and horrible. I don't get for a second the rave reviews from others -- are they friends with the author? Were they paid?

The premise itself was bizarre. A 40-something who until recently had her emails printed out for her by her assistant? Seriously? 40-somethings are the GenX generation -- the generation that's been online from the beginning.

Also you've got to be kidding me that someone gets to be editor of a major fashion publication without having more of a backbone
You don't pick up People Magazine expecting the musings of Thoreau, and you don't expect the worker at the McDonald's drive-thru window to pass you some organic kale. Likewise, you wouldn't -- I hope -- pick up this book expecting much more than fluffy, frivolous, fashion-themed fun. If your expectations remain thus reasonable, then this book delivers. The book is like a really successful Forever 21 dress, one that's a great copy of a truly on-trend style: there's not much substance to it, and ...more
Aug 03, 2015 Dee rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I've had dinners with twentysomethings where the meal was delayed because they had to photograph the food first, and I've been at events where I've sat in silence surrounded by dozens of young people with their noses buried in smartphones.

Because of this generation gap, and because I still use hotmail and a Nokia that doesn't do Internet, I found the protagonist of this breezy chick lit novel charming. Imogen is a forty-something big time editor of a fashion magazine who understands the value o
Diane Barnes
WHAT THIS BOOK IS NOT: 1. Great literature
2. Socially redeeming in any way

WHAT THIS BOOK IS: 1. A lot of fun to read
2. Very satisfying to anyone with revenge

Technology vs real life interaction is a major theme here, as is aging dinosaurs (at 42, no less) vs young upstarts in the business world. The fashion industry in this case, but I work for a large corporation, and I saw comparisons even in my lowly status as a part-timer.

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THIS BOOK: "Have we all become so des
Gin Boswick
Jan 04, 2015 Gin Boswick rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I know Lucy well and have met Jo only once for five minutes.

This book is a must--deep, fun, intense, never heavy-handed--it made me cry with laughter when I wasn't pondering its interesting takes on life and adulthood and the struggles of (wo)men within it. You don't have to know anything about fashion to get the references and humor, and I guarantee that after reading this rollicking ride through the fashion world you will never look at a magazine spread the same way again.

Lilac Wolf
Feb 10, 2015 Lilac Wolf rated it it was amazing
I absolutely fell for Imogen Tate. I'm not a person who is into fashion, but the feeling of being overwhelmed, of being left behind can be universal...especially with women. She had a beloved assistant, Eve, who left to go to Harvard Business School. When Imogen returns from fighting breast cancer, she finds Eve has returned and that absolutely everything about her beloved magazine has changed. Everything is online, there is no longer going to be a print version, and Eve undermines every single ...more
Sep 06, 2015 Karen rated it it was ok
It was fine. I felt the character read a lot older than she was written. I'm 40, she is suppose to be 42, but I felt she read more like 72. I mean, who is in their 40s and here in 2015 (which is when the book takes place) and doesn't know how to use the Internet. How would this woman, who is suppose to be EIC of a top fashion magazine have been in her position only a year earlier, before the dreaded "C word," and not have been live Tweeting at any of the Fashion Weeks? It was a quick read that ...more
Sharon Redfern
Jan 10, 2015 Sharon Redfern rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! A modern take on the All About Eve story, it's the classic grasping young girl tries to take down her older and wiser mentor/boss. Imogen is the Editor in Chief of glossy magazine and comes back from medical leave to discover that her much loved fashion magazine has become a digital app and is mostly being run by her backstabbing one time assistant Eve. After an initial tough time getting back in the new techie groove, Imogen puts her big girl panties on and learns to ...more
Jun 04, 2015 Anita rated it it was amazing
The Knockoff is a wonderful mixture of smart humor, great characters and a plot that addresses so much about today's world. I loved Imogen and thoroughly enjoyed the story. Highly recommended!
Jun 01, 2015 Rana rated it it was amazing
Best book ever. I mean, no, not really, obviously. Best book ever is probably something by stinking Hemingway or another dead white male. But this is like second best book ever. Full of fist-pumping fun.
Marcee Feddersen
Jan 03, 2015 Marcee Feddersen rated it really liked it

This book started out slow. I understand that the authors were trying to make the point that the heroine, Imogen, is supposed to be so old and outdated (she was 42!!! If you didn't know that, you would have thought she was 85 or slightly slow) that she is in danger of becoming irrelevant. But the initial build up for this was so over the top that it was embarrassing. It's hard to

Oh, Imogen......

believe that a 42 year old editor in chief of a national fashi
Jul 13, 2015 Alicia rated it did not like it
This is some Francine Pascal-level shit right here.
Kaitlyn Davis
Jun 22, 2015 Kaitlyn Davis rated it it was amazing
Really 4.5 but I decided to round up for the star rating because I really really enjoyed reading this book!!

For some reason, even though I'm a millennial and a self-published author whose career is totally thanks to the tech movement, I found myself completely identifying with Imogen! I love technology. I can't imagine my life right now without a cell phone, without Google maps, without Facebook, without digital cameras, heck without Candy Crush, and especially without my self-publishing startu
May 15, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Pure escapist fun -- dressed in Versace.

Imogen Tate, well-respected 42-year old Editor in Chief of Glossy magazine, returns from a 6 month medical leave to find that her former assistant (and newly minted Harvard MBA) Eve has convinced the magazine publishers to cease the printed magazine and turn the entire operation into an e-commerce app. Imogen struggles to understand the rapidly changing technology and her relevance in the new corporate structure, while Eve is determined to turn the staff a
Rhiannon Johnson
Jun 04, 2015 Rhiannon Johnson rated it it was amazing
Read my full review here: http://www.ivoryowlreviews.blogspot.c...

The Knockoff is The Devil Wears Prada 2.0 and I loved every single word! Where we were previously rooting for new girl Andi to take down Miranda, in this novel we are hoping Imogen can oust bratty Eve. Imogen's initial naive observances are cute and laughable, such as:
"But the website was just a necessary appendage of the actual pages of the magazine, used mainly as a dumping ground for favors for advertisers and leftover stories
Helen Dunn
Apr 29, 2016 Helen Dunn rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-stars
Fast paced fun book about a young tech-savvy (and evil) editor at a fashion magazine trying to steal the show from her 42 year old "dinosaur" of a boss.

Readers are meant to sympathize with the dinosaur and that was easy for me since I am even older than her and have actually had more than one conversation recently wondering exactly what is the point of Instagram anyway?

Filled with fun characters and while the plot is completely predictable it was still a worthwhile use of time.

Perfect for lig
Jun 20, 2015 Donna rated it it was amazing
From the reviews and the front flap, I expected a fun beach read about the fashion/magazine business but this story was so much more. As a working woman who is on the cusp of retirement, I cringed along with the heroine and and cheered for her at the end. It was a clear statement about having values in the workplace....AND a fun beach read!
Stephanie Cowart
Jun 26, 2016 Stephanie Cowart rated it really liked it
Such a fun book! I read it in a day. Total summer beach read. I loved Imogen and her spunk. Really fun!
Dec 13, 2014 Tina rated it really liked it
I am rating this book a 4 star but with some reservation. I guess it should be 3.5 star. Why? Because this book had the potential to be amazing and it was in some areas, but in others it simply wasn't.

I loved, loved the subject matter - fashion, technology and backstabbing.

Authors Sykes and Piazza do an amazing job with most of their characters and particularly our lead character Imogen. I also loved Ashley and Eve is deliciously conniving and beyond arrogant that you really want to see her "go
Sep 12, 2015 Mariel rated it liked it
I was annoyed by so many things in this book, namely the characterizations of Imogen and Eve - no one in a senior management role such as Imogen would ever let a subordinate act in that way, no matter how off their game they felt, and, no one in Eve's position would ever act so aggressively towards designers/photographers/coworkers given her previous experience. The fashion industry is too small and relationships are everything. Even the most talented people will start to be passed up for ...more
Jan 06, 2015 Catherine rated it it was amazing
I loved this fun story about a magazine editor who rises to the challenge when her magazine becomes an app. Imogene, the editor-in-chief of Glossy has just returned to work after being out on medical leave for 6 months. Although that doesn't seem like a long time, in today's world of technology things change daily. She finds that a former assistant, Eve, is now in charge of making Glossy into an app. The work is now all about blogs, instagram, tweets, and instant updates in place of in-depth ...more
Once upon a time in the mid-20th century, there was an Oscar-winning movie called All About Eve, which was a huge hit. About twenty years later, it morphed into a smash Tony-winning musical called Applause. And now a fashion industry insider named Lucy Sykes and an author named Jo Piazza have written The Knockoff, a 21st century tale that harkens right back to the classic villainous themes in All About Eve but with a modern digital twist. This twist, thankfully, also contains a lot of wry humor. ...more
Mona Nomura
Jan 10, 2016 Mona Nomura rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Eve's cringe worthy, borderline Asperger, entitled behaviour basically nails a lot of the vile personalities in 'tech'. So much so, I couldn't help but be entertained by THE KNOCKOFF.

I probably enjoyed it more than the next because I admit I know more than one 'Eve's (male and female), a handful of the rare but precious 'Aerins's and one or two 'Imogen's.

Perhaps this would be a good primer for those looking to 'get into tech' in order to properly set expectations of the types of people one wou
Jun 18, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it
I liked this book way more than I thought I would. I'm not a huge fan of chick-lit, but this was so clever, so well written that I couldn't put it down. Imogen Tate is the editor of Glossy, a fashion magazine that changes publication to strictly digital. Her associate, Eve, aptly named as she was just so evil, is young and never misses a chance to remind Imogen that she's no longer relevant. It's pretty interesting how the story unfolds. Highly recommended. You won't be disappointed!
Jun 16, 2015 Breanne rated it it was amazing
Such a fun summer read!!!
Meredith Schorr
Mar 10, 2016 Meredith Schorr rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
I admit that I was afraid to read this book as I thought it might make me feel like a "dinosaur" since I'm the "Imogen" in this story, but I found it endlessly entertaining.

I had to suspend reality a bit at the thought of a woman in her early forties being so clueless about technology. Mid-fifties I could understand perhaps, but 42, no way. I also thought that the likelihood of things changing so much in the six months Imogen was on leave was very slim. BUT... once I put that aside, I couldn't
Mar 06, 2016 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Despite its many flaws, I totally enjoyed The Knockoff. My theory is that it suffers from being a book that was likely conceived and written 3 - 4 years ago and then had to go through the formal publishing process (get an agent, get a deal, get edited, get scheduled in amongst the other books being published, etc) and it writes about technology so ends up feeling dated/out of sync with what's happening right now. To everyone who finds it so unbelievable that Imogen didn't know how to use Twitter ...more
Aug 12, 2015 Nnenna rated it liked it
I picked this up because it looked like a good summer read. I think I read about it in a magazine before it was published, then I placed a hold at my library so that I could borrow it as soon as it came out. Isn’t it cool that you can do that?

In this novel, Imogen Tate is the Editor-in-Chief of a popular women’s magazine titled Glossy. When the book begins, Imogen has recently taken a leave of absence due to health issues. When she returns to work, she finds that things have completely changed a
Penny McGill
May 31, 2015 Penny McGill rated it it was amazing
Finished this one in just two days (clean laundry - who cares?) and feel guilty about it because it isn't really going to change anyone's life but it is absolutely entertaining. Many reviews compared it to Devil Wears Prada because of the connection to the magazine industry and that is clear - and delightful - because of all of the insider chatter and real-life fun of photo shoots and runway shows but the part of the novel that I truly loved was the woman herself; Imogen Tate.

Editor-in-chief com
Aug 05, 2015 Ariel rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I am not a fashion maven but I loved this book. The story is about Imogene Tate who after recovering from breast cancer surgery returns to her job as a magazine editor only to find that her magazine has now been turned into an app and the digital content is being directed by her much younger, former assistant, Eve. Imogene is left scrambling to catch up to the digital age before she is declared extinct.

I am exactly the age of Imogene Tate so I found her struggles with technology highly relatabl
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“Imogen sometimes wondered if people weren't letting social media dictate their entire lives. Did they choose to go to one party over another because it would look better on Instagram? Did they decide to read a store just so they could tweet about it? Have we all become so desperate to share everything that we've stopped enjoying our lives?” 8 likes
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