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Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Knock Off by Lucy Sykes


Summary on Goodreads.

"This 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."

I tried. Is the author trying to make Imogen a cross of Whilhelmina (from the TV series Ugly Betty) and Miranda Priestly (from the movie The Devil Wears Prada)?

The story features lots of designer's brand and expensive things name-dropping but I'm not buying it.

As Imogen walks down the isle at work, a young girl screams at her "Imogen Tate! I love you! You are like a fashion Goddess"! Really?

The story is kind of funny but for me is trying to be a funny combination of different books (The Devil Wears Prada, Shopaholic...). Well, I guess this book is a knock off of other books...

Imogen's inability to use the Internet is a device to elicit... hilarity? Really, she is just 42, so she should have been in her twenties when the Internet bloomed; no reason for her to have stayed behind unless she was living in a cage (which she was not; she was living in the fashion world).

Perhaps if I was in a different mood...