Sunday, June 14, 2015

Review: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

 Title: Luckiest Girl Alive
Author: Jessica Knoll
Source: Won through Goodreads



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 fianc√©, 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?



Luckiest Girl Alive is a hard book for me to review. The main character, Ani, is not likable at all. She wasn't written to be a likable character, but I guess you're supposed to dislike her a little less by the time you get to the end. When you can't stand the main character though, it's just really hard to get through the book – to read everything from their point of view. Actually, no character was very likable in this book. There was nobody to root for.

This book was filled with trendy words, phrases, places, etc... that I didn't even know the meaning of. Half of it seemed like another language to me. Of course, I'm a midwest girl who doesn't care at all about fashion and what's trendy now. This was another reason it was hard for me to get into this book. It was just full of rich, superficial characters who only care about how they look.

The story jumps back and forth from her high school days to present day. It doesn't really do it smoothly, it's really jumpy and distracting. The teenage years were the only time the story had a slightly interesting plot – mainly toward the end. I was mostly bored by this book, and I feel bad about saying that.

The book actually had more to it than just conversations about fashion – there were some important topics weaved through. I feel the need to mention these topics for those that have troubles reading about these issues: rape, eating disorders, bullying and graphic shootings.

I'm not even sure what genre this book belongs in. It's like a combination of women's fiction and mystery. Some people say thriller. I can say that romance was not involved, unless you count the fact that Ani kissed someone other than her fiance. The second half was better than the first. There was a fairly interesting twist that mystery/thriller fans will enjoy. I'm more into romance books though, so this one just wasn't my style.

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