After reading quite a few books dealing with sociopaths and drama, I thought I’d go for a change of pace with The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazzi. Little did I know that one of the main characters of this story could give “Amazing Amy” a run for her money!
The book is about a 42-year-old who is an editor in chief of a popular and very successful fashion magazine. When she returns from a six-month medical leave, she finds that her former assistant has returned with an MBA and plans to wreak havoc for her and her magazine.
The book is told in present time and moves through the next six months. It also deals with social media, live updates of information, and instant access to your audience. While I do not know nearly all there is to know about social media, I know enough so that I completely understood the book and issues being discussed. On the other hand, I don’t know much about how fashion magazines are run except for reading The Devil Wears Prada and watching a few Ugly Betty episodes. This book did a good job of combining fashion and social media for those without knowledge of these areas and interweaving with a great story of jealousy and ruthlessness with a little technophobia thrown in.
I did find it a little unreasonable that an editor in chief would come back after a six-month leave and not be aware of major (and I mean major) changes going on at her place of employment. Additionally, working in fashion, I find it difficult to believe that someone would have made it so far without having any techy experience. While I am older than the main character, I have kept up on trends and everyday uses for technology. Otherwise, I enjoyed the book because it had a great plot, interesting characters, was well written, and didn’t drag. I could very well see this as a movie. While it wasn’t as light a read as I originally thought, it was very entertaining. - Rosanna (Downtown)