One of my favorite authors posted a picture of the book, The Knockoff (affiliate link for Amazon), on Facebook and that’s all it took for me to want to read the book and review it.
I immediately got the book and was hooked from the beginning. This was such an interesting read to me that I recommended it to everyone I know who loves to read. This book had mean girls, girls in tech, behind the scenes of a magazine, and social media. Being someone who has always loved technology but was slow to get into social media, this book really resonated with me. I’ve been lucky that I’ve never really had to put up with mean girls in work (knock wood) so it was interesting to read how a coworker would purposely do something to sabotage someone else. I also loved the way social media was portrayed in that it can make you connections. Instagram is my favorite medium right now and so it was great to see it shown in a positive light.
Here’s the blurb from Amazon:
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.
About a week after I finished the book, I was already missing knowing how everyone was getting on at Glossy.com. I’ll definitely be following the authors and keep my fingers crossed that there is another book soon.
Now for the foodie part of the book, the pizza comes from a forced girls night out that Eve has with the girls at the office. They made pizzas which sounded so good. I am not usually a fan of goat cheese but the flavors melded together so well that I ate the entire pizza by myself. Then took the ingredients to work and made it in our toaster oven for my coworkers. Twice. This pizza crust that I found in my local grocery store in the deli section was off the chain. (Ahem, I’m watching Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives so excuse the catchy phrases.) I’m telling you, you have to make these. Enjoy!
1/2 Red bell pepper, julienned
1 small Zucchini, julienned
1 Garlic and Herb pizza crust (Our Specialty brand)
1.5 oz Goat cheese
4 Grape tomatoes, cut in half
Handful Spinach leaves, julienned
1/4 c Artichoke hearts, sliced
Parmesan Cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small cast iron skillet, sauté bell pepper and zucchini in olive oil until soft, about 5 minutes. Top pizza with a drizzle of olive oil. Crumble goat cheese on top then add sauteed vegetables and remaining ingredients, ending with Parmesan cheese on top. Place pizza on a cookie sheet then bake for 15-17 minutes.