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From the New York Times bestselling author who "writes with high-octane levels of emotion" (USA Today).

Befriending Traci Calloway Cole is the best thing Simone Phillips has ever done. Traci is the kind of woman Simone wants to be-in every way possible. She begins copying her role model. Not because she wants to be Traci. She just wants to be exactly like Traci.

Traci doesn'
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Grand Central Publishing
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Copycat by Kimberla Lawson Roby is a 2017 Grand Central Publishing publication.

I hesitated to check this book out due to the familiar synopsis. It sounded an awful lot like “Single White Female”, but because it came highly recommended by a trusted book list source, I decided to give it a try.

First of all, I’ve never read any of Kimberla Lawson Roby’s novels, so I had no idea she has a healthy backlist of Christian fiction titles. While this book was labeled as ‘chick-lit’, there is a fair amoun
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
really a good book. so true, most girls or women just copy each other in the of name fashion or similar taste. i didn't know copycatting could be taken to such extremes. it was kind of sad to know some people would just do this for others approval, so that they can finally approve of them self's.
Barbara Nutting
Mar 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
If this is a NYT best selling author I'd hate to see the worst!! Having God and prayer jammed down my throat at every turn in this book was only the beginning of the problems I had in reading it. How can Traci have written a book on copycats and not see the symptoms in Simone?????? These women are 40 years old and sound like pre-teens - BFF, c'mon! I felt like a 12 year old was writing it for her teeny bopper girlfriends!! Why did I finish it? Because it only took an hour to read and I wanted to ...more
Amber ☾♥
Jan 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
This book...dear god this effin' book.
Let the swearing ensure.

I was so hoping to enjoy it. The premise sounded so intriguing (which, apparently, a lot of people think is an exact copy of Single White Female) so I was so here for it. Maybe about...30% of the way through, my opinions of "Eh, ok. I can get into this!" did an abrupt turnabout to "...why am I still doing this to myself?!"

First of all. Let me just preface this by saying: Everyone is allowed to have, practice, love their religion. Ther
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Traci Calloway Cole is about to release her 3rd book called Copycat, when she meets Simone Phillips. Simone is an aspiring writer herself and she loves Traci's books. After Traci agrees to read a few chapters of Simone's book and introduce her to a few people that could help get it published, Simone becomes obsessed. She wants to be just like Traci, but how far will her obsession grow?

This was a quick read for me. I have read a few books by Kimberla Lawson Roby and I have enjoyed them all. She i
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WOW, WOW, WOW! Kimberla Lawson Roby has done it again. I don't think I have ever read a book where Mrs. Roby disappoints. This was an excellent read.

The plot and characters were well written.

Copycat is about Simone Phillips befriending Traci Calloway Cole and it is the best thing Simone Phillips has ever done. Traci is the kind of woman Simone wants to be-in every way possible. She begins copying her role model. Not because she wants to be Traci. She just wants to be exactly like Traci. How fa
Reading in Black & White
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Was she honoring me when she made me give oral sex to those drug dealers for crack? Was she honoring me then, Grandma? I was still in elementary school."

Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I wish I had done some research on this author before I accepted it from the publisher for reviewing. I would have known then that it most likely wasn't the book for me, but I still would have kept an open mind. However, since I did agree to review it here goes:

I will not be doing a lot of recapping since you can get the gist of the story by reading the synopsis.

What I will tell you is that the story, while an interesting concept, was filled with unlikable characters and not just the protagonis
Jun 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
This would have been a neat little story if only it had been written by a fifth-grader; that's how amateur the writing was. Plotwise, it had potential, but this felt like a really, really, really, really rough first draft/outline of a much better novel. The author really needs to work on "show, not tell" and creating realistic dialogue. It killed me that she wasted time on painstakingly describing word for word the process of the main characters shopping for earrings and shoes yet only telling u ...more
Michelle Lindo-Rice
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First off, I love the title, Copycat. How fitting! From page one until the end, Copycat takes us on a journey of every author's nightmare. But it also touches on how easy it can be to cross over the line from admiration to jealousy/envy. A big takeaway is how we cannot be too quick to open our hearts and lives to someone without getting to know them well. Our heroine, Traci so badly wanted a friend that she ignored the warning signs because Simone came with several red flags. Simone, a product o ...more
Mar 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Stupidest book ever.
Apr 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
When people become copycats to the level of obsession, they're dealing with much deeper issues, such as envy and jealousy. They have also lost a great sense of self and their overall identity. They are trying to be something or someone they are not.

When does it become obsession? Simone Phillips has a trail of broken relationships but she feels that it all will change when she meets Traci Calloway Cole. They become friends when she reveals to Traci that she hopes to write a book. Traci is a succ
Kimberla Lawson Roby never disappoints. She is one of my favorite authors and her novels are auto-buys for me. I always get excited when I receive notification that she has a new book release. I know I'm in for a good read. Why do I love her writing? Mrs. Roby knows how to engage the reader. She knows her way around developing a good plot and characters you either love deep or hate immensely. However, let me stop gushing and explain a bit about Copycat.

First I'll just start by saying Simone is a
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, audio2017
Very short read (listen). Pretty light story, aside from the copycat and her revealed secrets. Nothing too heavy was delved into but there was potential to get a little deep and raw. I felt sorry for the copycat actually, you could definitely tell there was genuinely something wrong mentally... I don't want to give anything away so I'll end with that. Still a Kimberla Lawson Roby fan, I was just expecting a little more (longer) story as with her other books.
Jennifer Daniel
I am giving this dud ZERO stars. I was completely shocked when I got to the end and in the acknowledgements the author states she had written 20 something books. WTF? Worst dialogue I have ever read and I read the 50 Shades drivel.
Sophie Sealy
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Flawless, easy read. Think Single White Female, many points for discussion but something was missing. I am friends with many writers in life and social media and if I ever become a Simone I need to be punched in the throat.
Tip Reads
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was short but yet interesting read. Kimberla Lawson Roby never disappoints. Even though this wasn't my favorite of her books it was still a page turner. I can't wait until I've read all of her books. But to you all take the time to read her book and let me know what you thinkof it.......
Kim Melikian
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kimberla L. Roby's new book, Copycat, is awesome. Mrs. Roby never disappoint her fans and her writing style is easy to follow. Please note that this book is set to be released January 2017. I was given the privilege, by Ella D. Curry, to give a review.

Here's a little background of the book. Have you ever wanted to become someone else and you will do any thing and every thing to make it happen. This book is about copycatting. Simone Phillips wants to become a writer, just like her favorite autho
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
It was ok!
Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Not when it is so obsessive it is frightening. This is what I would call a fun story. In the way that it is fun to eat Cheetos. A guilty, cheesy pleasure. This book and author was not on my radar, which made it a nice surprise. I was having some trouble with my phone and had to make a trip to the Apple store. They take your name and problem and tell you they will send you a text when you are close to having your turn with a tech. They told me it would ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
The writing style here was not to my liking, but I very much enjoyed the build up and story-telling in this book. Probably what impressed me most was the ending, and how the themes of forgiveness, healing and hope were used through the characters. I think the most important lesson within these pages, are how children that are not loved and nurtured from a young age, can have debilitating problems in their future relationships.
Feb 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, reviews
Uggghhhh. The "single white female" (a reference, of course, to the movie, which is one of my favorites of all time) concept is always an interesting starting point for a story. There are so many angles to explore, so many directions for the story to take, so many ways to build complex, interesting characters. Despite its being a popular trope it hasn't been played out so much that it's no longer a viable plot in the hands of a good storyteller. This book, despite the promise of the description ...more
Christine Pauls
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it

First, let me say that I have read quite a few of Kimberla Lawson Roby’s books, so I am a fan. I was more than excited to be selected by Ella Curry to be a reviewer for this book before its scheduled release in January of 2017. My intention was to start the book and finish it in a few days, but I ended up reading it in one sitting. Why? Because it was that good!
Simone Philips becomes completely infatuated with best-selling author, Traci Calloway- Cole to the point that it becomes unhealthy. She
Sep 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was hoping for a juicy story, but I am having trouble getting into the amateurish writing. I was surprised to see how many books this author has published. It's true that I typically prefer other genres of books, but once in a while I like to cleanse my palate with something simple and juicy...only not THIS simple. There are also some things that don't make any sense, like one character not hesitating to buy a Gucci purse, but seems to have some apprehension spending $300 on a blouse or $200 o ...more
Cheryl James
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
So Kimberla Lawson Roby is truly one of my favorite authors. But keeping it real this was one of the worse books that I have read from her. I love the Curtis Black Series, but for some reason her stand alone books just don't do it for me. The best thing about this book for me was the cover. I loved the split facial image. The book spoke about women who befriend other women just to emulate their lives to make themselves feel good and relevant, all because they are not happy within their own skin. ...more
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was not a good read for me. The story line was much too shallow for me to recommend this book. I was disappointed that such a reputable author didn't grab my attention and make me want to read such a story in record time.
Nov 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Oh my god—this book was so terrible. I don’t remember why or how I got on the list for it, but I can’t believe there’s a waitlist for this at my library or any library. Ridiculous and poorly written—esp. the dialogue. Ugh.
C.P. Henderson
Mar 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
This was not interesting at all. Think single white female but tailor it towards a want-to-be writer. The story was very redundant and it was almost like Roby was grasping at straws to get this book written in a weekend. Most of her other books are really good. This one was hard to get through.
Maya B
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it
this was a short and light read. I felt the storyline was predictable which was why I gave it 3 stars. One of the things I like about Roby is that her writing style engages her readers and keep them interested
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