Book Review: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
Publication Date: May 12th, 2015
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 stars
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 everything.
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?
What a rollercoaster this read was! Definitely some twists I was NOT expecting. I won’t spoil them for you don’t worry.
I first heard of Jessica Knoll when she was a writer for Cosmo’s online edition. She used to write this weekly fictional story that I looked forward to catching up on when I was bored in the office. Luckiest Girl Alive has been on my TBR for quite some time. When I first began reading I was fascinated with the writing style in general. It was witty, and smart, and the dialogue was actually true to how I would talk to my friends, sarcasm and all! I’ll admit I didn’t know where the storyline was going at first. It started off just about the life of NYC career woman who was marrying a very rich and handsome man. Then the flashbacks to Ani’s childhood began. Interesting, very intriguing for sure, but still unsure where the story was going. We’re then alluded to a documentary that Ani has been asked to participate in, but I was still unclear what the big story was that had happened in her life to make a documentary about. Then BAM! We’re hit with the real story. And at this point it’s about 40-50% through the book. A very different structure for sure!
I can see how a lot of people would fall off during the first half of this book, if they felt the way I did in that there wasn’t much storyline. But I was so fascinated with the writing style, that the day-to-day life of Ani really captured my interest. This book doesn’t have the greatest reviews on Goodreads, I feel like I usually don’t align with the popular opinions on there, but I thoroughly enjoyed Luckiest Girl Alive. I found myself wanting to pick it up any spare second I had. Even on the commercials breaks of my favorite tv shows! Knoll has a second book out that was just recently released, The Favorite Sister, and I will definitely be adding that to my list!