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Falling Out Of Fashion by [Yampolsky, Karen]
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From Publishers Weekly

Magazine junkies who remember the original Jane will devour this cheeky roman à clef by Jane Pratt's former assistant of nine years. Unlike Anna Wintour's alter ego in The Devil Wears Prada, Yampolsky's alter ex-boss is an off-the-rack heroine. Raised on a commune by inattentive hippie parents, Georgia girl Jill White was an outcast at her New England prep school before a predictably eye-opening stint at Bennington. After Jill descends on New York, a succession of magazine gigs leads her to editing Cheeky (i.e., '90s grrrl glossy Sassy) and, eventually, Jill. At that eponymous publication, idealistic Jill goes up against bottom-line obsessed Nestrom Media (a thinly veiled Condé Nast). Fictionalizations of Pratt's personal and professional moments as editor-in-chief add frisson: Sassy's skewering profile of actress Tiffani-Amber Thiessen becomes Cheeky's roasting of "Kelli Hyer-Burke"; there are plenty of other cameos. In the end, Jill comes off as a sometimes selfish but mostly likable woman who gets beat by corporate magazine land. Survivors of the era, however, may question Jill's claim that she "coined the term grunge." (May)
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Advance Praise for Falling Out of Fashion

"Karen Yampolsky writes with humor, verve, and heart. In Jill White, she's created an utterly compelling heroine, whose spectacular rise, fall, and rebirth as one of the fashion world's most talented personalities makes for fantastic reading--especially as Jill remains committed to her passions in the face of the industry's most supreme bitches. If you liked The Devil Wears Prada, you'll love Falling Out of Fashion!" --Holly Chamberlin, author of The Summer of Us

"I absolutely loved Falling out of Fashion! It was delightfully fun read and Jill is a character to root for!" --Amanda Brown, author of Legally Blonde


Product Details

  • File Size: 441 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0758217005
  • Publisher: Kensington Books (June 1, 2008)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2008
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BTT0UO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,771 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Although Karen Yampolsky purports to have written this book, it's clear to anyone with a good memory of Sassy and/or Jane that this is the (very thinly veiled) story of Jane Pratt herself as told to Ms. Yampolsky.

The book is very simply written and thus easy to read. It doesn't really have much narrative pull, as it's basically just Jane yammering I did this, then I did that. It's not really fiction so much as it is a blog-like memoir. Jane's obviously quite impressed with her star-studded life and has very little self-awareness of how she might appear to others. She constantly talks about how Jane was this groundbreaking women's magazine that was ruined by moving to a new publishing house, but most women I know thought Jane kind of sucked from the very beginning. Jane is desperate to establish her indie cred, but it falls flat: for example, she runs down the "cheesy reality-tv winner" "Katy Hanson" (Kelly Clarkson), instead championing such slebs as "Serena Sax" (Courteney Cox). Her characters are sketched in the broadest of one-dimensional strokes and the celebrity pseudonyms are unbelievably easy to guess. Anyone in-the-know will immediately recognize "Richard Ruiz" as Michael Stipe, Drew Barrymore as a bisexual, curiously African-American (?) recovering addict who Jane makes out with at a party, and so forth. I gave this book 2 stars because some of the gossip is quite juicy once you get past the aliases.

For fans of Jane/Sassy, this might wile away an hour or so. For chicklit fans, the bar is already so low in this genre that I can't say this is much worse than most of what's out there, but compared to good chicklit like Marion Keyes, this is dreck. It's certainly no Devil Wears Prada, which, while not brilliantly written, was sparkling, entertaining pop trash. This is not.
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I truly enjoyed this book. So much so that apparently I read it in two days! I got so caught up in it that I was enjoying myself as the pages just flew by. This book has just enough parallelism to real events (the real life magazine Sassy is relabeled Cheeky, etc)that is believable and entertaining. If you enjoyed books like The Devil Wears Prada, Everyone Worth Knowing, or Celebutantes, you will like this book. It offers insight into the world of publishing that most of us are not aware of, but honestly many of the antics will ring true to anyone who's had a boss from hell, snarky coworker, or a colleague that tries to take credit for your work. If you want a nice, fun book for the pool or beach, this is a great choice. Same for passing time at an airport. If you want a book with alot of action, suspense, drama, or inspirational message, you will walk away disappointed. Also, I can't imagine it would appeal to the average man.
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While I won't say this is a great book, I did find it to be quite entertaining. It didn't have the humor or snap of The Devil Wears Prada or some others of the same genre, but Yampolsky did a good job of creating mostly believable characters with a storyline that rang true, as well. This may not be the best book she ever writes, but I think it's proof that Karen Yampolsky is an author to look out for.
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I picked this up with some fear. Most chick lit these days feels as though it was just written and rushed off to press. I miss the days of the goold old 'a la Bridget Jones chick lit'.

Imagine my surprise when I started reading this book. In an instant, I feel in love with the character, the storyline and the writing.

This is SMART chick lit. No snivelling, wanting to absolutely get married main character here. This girl is smart and the storyline is written in a clever, non whiny way.

I loved the descriptions of the insider going ons of a magazine, the main character is flawed but still came out highly engaging.

No whiny people need apply.

LOVED IT.
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It's hard to know where to start with this book.

The narrator, Jill White is editor in chief of "Jill" a fashion/lifestyle magazine she started. The narrator constantly refers to the "Jill" reader as being the sort of young hip adult who aspires to be just like Jill, but never during the entire course of this very long boring book did I ever get a feeling of what Jill's style was. I think at one point she wore ripped up jeans, but that was as much fashion you got from Jill. (I'm not a fashonista, but in a fashion book I expect some clothes)

An author who understands her shallow character can make it work for the reader, but this author has no insight. During the course of the book Jill dates and dumps Joe, whom she later befriends. When Joe becomes depressed because all his friends are sucessful and he is not, Jill moves on and never looks back. Jill is best friends with a woman who she treats badly. At one point she forgets about an appointment and leaves her friend sitting in a bar for hours. When the friend says, enough, Jill is very sorry about the whole thing but you get no feeling that it means anything at all to her.

Then, she overhears two women talking about her and one of them says, "she was friends with me then dumped me."

At this point a character should think about her own behavior. It's perfectly OK for the shallow character to say, "No, I don't do that," even when we know she does. But this character just says "bitch" and moves on. Like she always moves on.

She's pregnant and loses the baby; she moves on. Her IVF doesn't work; she moves on. She claims she was a cutter in high school, but decided not to do it anymore; she moves on. At no point do any of the situations and people in the book touch this woman.

Honestly, I ended up skimming, so there could be some big character reveal I missed. But...Don't waste your time.
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