A People "Book of the Week"
“The Devil Wears Prada meets All About Eve. . . . A fun, often funny take on life in the sharp-elbowed world of fashion magazines.” —People
“The only beach read you should be seen with.”—Town and Country
“[A] nicely executed bit of escapism.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“Reminds us that no one is safe from the wily, ambitious up-and-comer—and that sometimes it’s better to beat her than join her!” —Stacy London, co-host of What Not to Wear
“Humor with style and heart.” —Glamour
“Hilarious and clever. . . . Addictive, non-stop fun.” —Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians
“A behind-the-scenes send-up of the fashion industry and all the craziness that ensues.”
“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, bestselling author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
“Pits over-confident millennials against technologically incompetent Gen X’ers and adds fashion, drama and a pinch of humor to make for a soon-to-be classic.” —The Hollywood Reporter
“Don’t let the cover of Lucy Sykes’ and Jo Piazza’s new novel The Knockoff fool you into thinking this is a chick lit romp. It has the requisite strong heroine and mean girl villain, but it also raises questions about tensions—or maybe outright loathing—between generations as technology rules our world. . . . Most delicious, and funny.” —The Pioneer Press (St. Paul, MN)
“Snarky. . . . A spin on the classic hero-villain plotline . . . relatable to both the tech savvy and the tech wary.” —VanityFair.com
“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, bestselling author of Bergdorf Blondes
“[A] compulsively readable corner office drama.” —Elle.com
“Sleek and satisfying. . . . Don’t cast this off as fluff: true, it’s glossy and catty and shamelessly satirical, but The Knockoff remains reverent to the fashion industry, paying homage to the brilliant designers and editors and—let’s face it—bloggers and street style stars who are today’s real tastemakers.” —Bustle
“Warning: you will laugh out loud, so read in public at your own risk.” —The Skimm
“There’s nothing better than a fun, guilty pleasure you can’t put down or a book that keeps you planted in your beach chair until the sunlight fails and you rush home to keep reading under the porch light.” —The Daily News
“Dishy. . . . [A] must-read workplace novel that you’ll enjoy reading, even on your day off!” —Star magazine, “Hot Book”
“An impossible-to-put down quick read—this novel by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza is hilarious and addicting.” —Bobbi Brown, “Jersey Shore Essentials”
“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
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.