Maggie is The New Girl at Haute, a London fashion magazine. She is doing a “maternity cover” (filling in for the fashion editor during her maternity leave). Her friend, Margot, is the very pregnant permanent fashion editor, who suggested Maggie apply.
Margot believed, “Maggie would be so indebted to me for giving her a year in the job that she wouldn’t consider screwing me over to keep it. I pictured Maggie‘s earnest excitement when I first mentioned the vacancy to her: that sort of gratitude didn’t run out within twelve months.”
The newborn son of Margot’s best friend Winnie recently died. Winnie no longer speaks to Margot because the sight of a pregnant woman makes her sad. With no female friend to vent to, Margot now thinks Maggie is plotting to be named the permanent fashion editor. Is Margot just paranoid with all the pregnancy hormones coursing through her body? Or is Maggie really plotting against her?
The author, a long-time fashion editor at The Times, definitely gets the setting correct. However, that is the only connection I felt between The New Girl and The Devil Wears Prada. I think the Gone Girl analogy is also incorrect. I identified the villain quickly unlike in Gone Girl. However, my biggest complaint is how purely unlikeable all the characters were. I especially thought Margot was a whiny baby throughout. Overall, not the book for me, unfortunately. 2 stars.
Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.