Today’s review was a book that took me by surprise.
Let’s take a look at Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll.
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition
HER PERFECT LIFE IS A PERFECT LIE.
As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.
But Ani has a secret.
There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy every
With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that’s bigger than it first appears.
The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set Ani free?
Ani FaNelli is living the perfect life with a great job and wonderful fiancee. But Ani’s dark thoughts let’s us know that things are far from normal.
Something horrible happened in Ani’s past when she was a freshman at a prep school called Bradley. Here she was known as TifAni FaNell, with dreams of being popular. As she navigates through school making bad decisions events happen that stay with her though her adulthood.
At first I couldn’t get into the book. Ani seemed to have it all but wasn’t a very likable character at the beginning. She complained about her finance, who she really doesn’t love. But I pushed through that part and when she started talking about her past the pace quickened and I was immersed in the book. I couldn’t put it down.
Once you hurled past the first part the book becomes intense with the mystery surrounding Ani’s past. You get sucked in. When the event happens it stays with you throughout the book.
This book was emotionally raw. Jessica did a good job at keeping the horrible events in Ani’s past a mystery. It was well written and had wonderful description of New York. I just had a hard time reading the first part of the book and that could detour some people. However, the last half of the book grab my attention and I was at the edge of my seat to see what happens to Ani. The ending was perfect and left me wonderfully satisfied.
Should you read it? Yes! Once you get past the slow part of the first half of the book you won’t want to put it down. This is why I give it 3 stars due to the effort I had to take to read the first half. I was highly satisfied with the ending of the book. If you like Jodi Picoult and Gillan Flynn this book is for you.
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About the author:
Jessica Knoll has been a senior editor at Cosmopolitan, and the articles editor at SELF. She grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and graduated from The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. She lives in New York City with her husband.