Books: The Knockoff

"The Knockoff is the story of Imogen Tate, editor in chief of Glossy Magazine, who discovers her twenty-something former assistant Eve Morton plotting to knock her off her pedestal, take over her job, and reduce the magazine to an app."

I initially wanted to read this one because everyone seemed to herald it the new Devil Wears Prada, but with issues currently faced by the magazine and fashion industries. I had high expectations going into this book, but I was a bit disappointed in it.
Imogen is woefully out of touch, so much so that it felt unbelievable. There is no way someone in her position could make it to 2015 without being able to read her emails. I've met and know a few people who are in high positions, and all of them have adapted with the times. Especially those in news related fields. As such, I felt annoyed by Imogen initially, thankfully she adapts and learns. It just seems like she should have experienced this long before this year.

Eve, on the other hand, is a b****. I despised her character. She was portrayed as every stereotype of twenty-somethings. She's self absorbed, entitled, and completely detached from reality thanks to her obsession with social media. This book reads like a battle between the ages, who's right? The tech-savvy newcomer, or the experienced editor?

I ultimately found this book lacked depth, but it's an easy, beach-type read. If you are looking for a fashion novel, definitely pick up The Devil Wears Prada over this one.


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