Sunday, May 3, 2015

REVIEW : Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel by Jessica Knoll


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 fiancĂ©, 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?

Special thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the ARC.

It took me some time to complete this book. Not because it was bad or anything because it is very far from that, but because it is just so incredibly disturbing. I may have put it in the freezer once or twice. Gosh I hope people get that reference.

I’ve seen many reviews comparing Luckiest Girl Alive to the ever so popular Gone Girl. I will agree that they have similar dark and depressing tones but I find TifAni FaNelli to be much more human than Amy Dunne. She has true emotions and remorse. She knows right from wrong and even though she may make some bad choices, all she really wants is to be accepted and loved for being her true self.

How Ani gets to the point of playing pretend for those around her is both shocking and saddening. I don’t want to spoil anything because you have to FEEL these twists, but I will say you have to go into this prepared to encounter many triggers.

Luckiest Girl Alive is a different kind of survivor story but TifAni is indeed that. I ended the book feeling proud of her and yet still sad for her because she seems so alone and vulnerable. In a weird sense I wanted to be her friend.