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#FashionVictim by Amina Akhtar


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by Amina Akhtar

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A murderously clever send-up of the fashion world and the girls who will kill to rule it.

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Why I love it

Danielle Esplin
BOTM Ambassador, @danielleesplin

Have you ever thought about sticking a shard of glass into someone’s chest and kicking them while they’re bleeding out? Yeah, me neither. But you might, after reading #FashionVictim. I’m in the entertainment industry, and I’ve had my fair share of insufferable comments and shade. But I’ve never met anyone as daunting as the backstabbing (yes, I mean that literally) coterie of girls in this delicious parody about the fashion world’s most ruthless social climbers.

Anya’s fixation on her co-worker Sarah Taft borders on the psychotic. Stylish and stunningly hot, Sarah’s rise to the top of the fashion influencer game seems practically pre-ordained. Anya’s just looking to cling to her coattails—but when a promotion is announced that they both want, her little obsession becomes, well, lethal.

I sustained a few papercuts tearing through this book, but they were all worth it. Not only is this story of millennial schemers in designer clothes compulsively readable, but Anya’s voice—she’s a sociopath, don’t forget, and the judgiest mean girl ever—is as cutting as a sharpened stiletto. This is an inside account of the fashion world from a debut author who has been there and seen it all.

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Fashion editor Anya St. Clair is on the verge of greatness. Her wardrobe is to die for. Her social media is killer. And her career path is littered with the bodies of anyone who got in her way. She’s worked hard to get where she is, but she doesn’t have everything.

Not like Sarah Taft. Anya’s obsession sits one desk away. Beautiful, stylish, and rich, she was born to be a fashion world icon. From her beach-wave blonde hair to her on-trend nail art, she’s a walking editorial spread. And Anya wants to be her friend. Her best friend. Her only friend.

But when Sarah becomes her top competition for a promotion, Anya’s plan to win her friendship goes into overdrive. In order to beat Sarah … she’ll have to become her. Friendly competition may turn fatal, but as they say in fashion: One day you’re in, and the next day you’re dead.

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Get an early look from the first pages of Amina Akhtar's #FashionVictim.

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  • 26% Love
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    Seriously, if Dexter were a woman who loved fashion — you’d have Anya St. Clair. She’s 100 percent diabolical and someone you do NOT want to cross. Think of her as a totally unhinged Carrie Bradshaw

  • Iowa City, IA

    Perfect mix of popular girl cattiness, Dexter style problem solving and a good sense of humor. Anya’s character was fantastic. She’s very relatable, aside from being a murderer. Amazing debut novel!

  • spokane, WA

    I thought for sure that I wouldn’t like this book, but I absolutely adored it! It’s darkly hilarious, and almost feels like if a teen fashion rag and Hannibal had a baby. I love love love this book.


    OMG this was one of October best read! Me and my buddy read was so hooked. We couldn't stop reading it at all. I finish this awesome book in 2 days. Hope to see more books from this author. ????????????

  • Garfield Heights, OH

    This was my first BOTM pick ever, and now I thank this book often for bringing me back to my deep love for reading. I’ll be reading this book over and over again for years to come I loved it so much!

  • Meridian, ID

    The narrator of this book was phenomenal! I love being able to read something from the mind of the psychopath and some of her reasonings for her actions. Incredible, suspenseful, and very interesting.

  • Detroit lakes, MN

    This book was interesting. I went back and forth about if I was on the main characters side or not. I was either cheering her catty comments on or for obvious reasons I would be completely against her

  • Rocky Point, NY

    This is Dexter meets The Devil Wears Prada and more addicting than both combined. The satirical and dramatic story kept me reading anywhere I could--walking to work, on my lunch break, I couldn't stop


    #fashionvictim is an interesting, crazy, what the heck is going on book. I haven't read something like this so different and it ties me in! The main character is insane and I can't stop reading this!

  • Norfolk, VA

    I was hesitant. My own fashion sense is sub-par at best and I found myself googling a lot of the clothing and designers mentioned but this was book was amazing... and hilarious, if you can believe it.

  • Lincoln, NE

    I brought this book to read on vacation and I read it in a day. It was campy and full of satire regarding the fashion world. It's not really a thriller but an over the top look at the fashion world.

  • Powell , WY

    I'm a tomboy - I don't wear makeup and I couldn't tell you when the last time was I curled my hair or painted my nails (fingers or toes). But I loved this book! Read it in a day - so many WTF moments

  • Liberty , MO

    This was a wickedly fun read, and i absolutely loved each moment. And the ending! I’ve become somewhat good at identifying where things are headed, but. Not this round. Quick read & well worth it.

  • Rockford , IL

    I was conflicted reading this. I sympathized with the main character yet also thought she was insane. I love that the book got right down to business and the authors wording nailed the fashion world.

  • Dallas, TX

    This was my literal beach read. It's Devil Wears Prada meets serial killer. It's fun, ridiculous, and absolutely enjoyable. I spent all day on the beach reading this book. Guilty pleasure, for sure!

  • Newark, NY

    #FashionVicitim was many things - unexpected, hilarious, delightfully merciless, and dark. I was surprised that I actually found myself routing on the shenanigans going down in the plot. I loved it!

  • Philadelphia, PA

    After 15 seasons of Criminal Minds, I had way too much fun being in the mind of the criminal. Brilliant. Not only can I not stop raving, but one of the best books I think I've read in a long time.

  • Fort Wayne, IN

    From the beginning this book takes off full swing. A perfect mix of The Devil Wears Prada and American Psycho. A serial killer involved in the fashion world, dropping bodies to get what she wants.

  • Virginia beach, VA

    I thought this book was somewhat of a comedy and I couldn't help but me on the killers side a bit though she was completely insane ! Hit on some real issues in society today when it comes to women.

  • Jacksonville, FL

    Okay, this was not quite what I was expecting, but I loooooooved it. You're following Anya and when she says she killed someone, you think she means figuratively. She totally doesn't. #shekilledme

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