Book Review: Luckiest Girl Alive – Jessica Knoll

What?!

Two book reviews in one week?

I know!  I haven’t finished two books in the last three months – but, and as you may have guessed, I’m on VACAAAAAY!

Which means I’m away from my power tools and hot glue, so I can sit and enjoy a book without any (or very much) guilt.

I was surfing Instagram months ago and I came across Reese Witherspoon’s feed – now with the exception of The Rock, I don’t follow celebrities; I don’t find they offer anything except selfies, and unless you have the Rock’s body, I’m really not interested in seeing your duck lips.

BUT

Reese Witherspoon is an avid reader and often posts her latest reads.  She even has a hashtag #RWBookClub where she shows what she’s reading and sometimes comments on whether it was a page-turner or not (and she even lets you know which books her production company is going to turn into movies).

This:

Book Review - Luckiest Girl Alive

was a novel she read months ago, but I only just caught up to.

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?

 

My thoughts?

This is dark.  Think “Gone Girl” dark – but without as many twists and turns.

I actually hated the book’s heroine for at least three chapters…. but that is the author’s intent.  She begins by making you loathe Ani, and as the story progresses you learn about the tragedies that lead up to the creation of a monster… and hate becomes empathy.

I devoured the book in a single day (yay Vacay!), but because I had already read Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, I was disappointed with the ending of Luckiest Girl Alive.  It lacked the final twist; the moment of strength and redemption (and revenge) that I was craving.

In fact, the similarities between the books (plot line, heroine, struggles) are very similar – but then, in the limited scope of highschool challenges, one would be hard-pressed to find content to create anything else from.

Luckiest Girl Alive let’s you see the long-term repercussions of past events – how popularity and all of its entrapments sets the foundation for whom you become as an adult.

Cryptic?  I know, but short of spoiling the whole book for you, I can’t write more.

Suffice it to say Luckiest Girl Alive was a ‘good’ book.  Not great, not award-winning – just ‘good’.

The author is excellent at building suspense and you will want to read on as you reach the middle of the book, but the ending fell flat for me…. but that will depend on your own views of the world – are you a “bigger person”, or would you find satisfaction in revenge?

Have a great one!

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2018-06-18T13:40:57-04:00March 16th, 2016|BOOKS|0 Comments

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