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3.0 out of 5 stars average & disappointing, 8 Dec 2010
Lindymck (Falkirk, Scotland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Falling out of Fashion (Little Black Dress) (Paperback)
trying to be like "the devil wears prada" but comes up short. jill works in the cut throat world of glossy magazines and has her own self named magazine "jill" but she is fighting to keep it afloat. felt it was based on a real person experience and when i read another review which confirmed my thought it was a little diappointin as someone who had intimate knowledge couldnt write a better more interesting story!
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1.0 out of 5 stars It's so not Jane, 14 Aug 2010
Bettina (London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Falling out of Fashion (Little Black Dress) (Paperback)
This is, like The Devil Wears Prada, a roman à clef set in in the New York magazine world. And the premise is great - the heroine Jill is based on Jane Pratt, a doyenne of NY magland who launched two major magazines for young women, Sassy and the eponymous Jane. Karen Yampolsky was Pratt's assistant for nine years, so she had a ringside seat to one of the more interesting magazine meltdowns of the decade - Pratt's controversial departure from Jane and Conde Nast's axing of the magazine two years later.

She draws heavily on Pratt's life - so much so that it's barely fiction. Unfortunately the early chapters are turgid back story, but the plot picks up slightly once we finally hit the publishing world. But it's impossible to like Jill, a caricature of the self-obsessed editor with a "vision", and the book is deadly dull and so poorly written I struggled to finish. Avoid.
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3.0 out of 5 stars NW YORK FASION SCENE REDUX, 24 Aug 2007
Gail Cooke (TX, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Falling Out of Fashion (Hardcover)
Seems that readers just can't get enough of the mean and mendacious top execs who people the fashion magazine world. So, along comes Karen Yampolsky who spent nine years as right-hand to Jane Pratt, founder of Jane Magazine, to give that rather over worn topic another go round.

Heroine Jill White was raised in a commune by hippie parents. Though her parents seemed distant, evidently her early education was first-rate as she easily nabs a scholarship to an upscale Eastern prep school. It seems to stretch credulity a bit to believe that there was not one friendly person among faculty or student body at the fictional Hillander, but that's her story and she stuck to it. Thus, Jill spent four miserable lonely years but did graduate with a 4.0.

That sterling grade point earned her another scholarship to Bennington in Vermont where there were quite a few friendly faces. Along the way Jill had dreamed of starting her own magazine. So, after Bennington she takes on New York or to be more precise it takes her.

She does eventually have her own magazine called not surprisingly "Jill," and it's a smash hit. She's living on top of the world with all the free goodies anyone could want and her face on the cover of Time. Then "Jill" is bought by Nestrom Media, and "Jill" rapidly tumbles down the ladder of their empire. Enter the predictable nasty editors Liz and Ellen, which is about where this reader began feeling "Been there, done that."

Of course, Jill struggles to keep her magazine the over-the-top publication she had nurtured, but she also has life choices to make.

"Falling Out of Fashion" strives mightily to emulate "The Devil Wears Prada" but it lacks that book's originality and edge. Jill does a great deal of kvetching so it's a little difficult to pull for her, and the book could have used a more gimlet eyed editor. However, if the fictionalized New York fashion scene is your reading pleasure, this one's for you.

- Gail Cooke
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