The Knockoff - Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza

The Knockoff

By Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza

  • Release Date: 2015-05-19
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 274 Ratings


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.
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.


  • A fun update on the classic All About Eve

    By luludeH
    Thoroughly enjoyed this Fashion meets Tech world romp.The protagonist, Imogen, is likeable, stylish and smart, not at all like the Bette Davis character of yore. Her nemesis, Eve, a former assistant, is deliciously evil, although her ghastly and dastardly actions are definitely a suspension of disbelief. A definite "curl up on the couch and read all afternoon" novel.
  • The Knockoff kills it

    By WalrusWinks
    I read this book during the great snowstorm of 2016, which it predicts flawlessly. Its depiction of the state of transition in media is also prescient. The heroine is classically (and classily) heroic and the villain is the epitome of evil. This book will make a great movie, hopefully using vertical video, for which it would be the perfect foil!
  • Enjoyable Read!

    By princesst30
    I thought this book would be a quick, breezy read, but quickly discovered the depth and complexity of the topic and the main character. Ageism was covered well, and really brought up some discussion worthy questions that I've been talking about with friends.
  • Great book for the career woman

    By Cather01
    Great book for the career woman at any age
  • Tech not everything!

    By Teamseline
    Refreshing to read about what so many of us feel- out of control tech crazies! The book is a balance of crazy, funny, relatable life for us 40 something's in a world of 20 something's. Quick easy read with a lovable character for all ages. The ending is predictable but charming. Great book for vaca!
  • Loved this book!

    By MDVegas
    This was a smart, fun, fast paced read. Hits home technology and the 40 something! Loved the characters and the fashion!
  • Excellent book!!

    By Andrea*Inez
    Soooo relatable,, new techie age and older paper age. Trying to find a balance between the new and the old. So much fun to read. Very fast and enjoyable! Would make such a great girl power movie!!
  • Fun, irresistible, easy read

    By CalifDude
    The premise sounds familiar, but I still couldn't resist this fun read. I found myself not wanting to put this book down.
  • Loved it - blew through it fast

    By Ch1cG33k
    There was never a dull moment in this book. It was very current, funny and engaging. I even gave my husband the cliff notes verbal version of it and we both agreed this definitely should become a movie. I think Kate Winslett would be awesome as Imogen. :) (just saying) Personally, as a 42 y.o. woman who has worked in techology my whole career, I can REALLY relate to the work place changing with millenials. My only critique would be that Imogen didn’t keep up with technology at ALL while she was out. Most people my age in the corporate world are all on some sort of social media even if it’s just LinkedIn. But other than that, it was a very enjoyable read.
  • The Knockoff Rocks

    By Ashtabula Girl
    I found this book so engaging that I went to work a half hour late so I could read the ending. The characters are very well drawn and the only fault, if any, that I can find is that the lead character REALLY needed to change her passwords. Enjoyable read!