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.
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!