Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
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?
I quite enjoyed this book. It is well written and had me captivated throughout. The story is told in chapters that alternate between Ani in current day and her high school years. In current day, Ani is a successful writer, engaged to a rich and handsome man, and seemingly has it all and couldn’t be happier. However, she has a dark past that haunts her. I enjoyed reading both timelines. At the end of each chapter, I was always eager to get back to the other timeline.
While Ani isn’t really the most likable character, she is easy to sympathize with (especially in her teen years). She has been through a lot and now she seems to believe she has to act a certain way in order to be the person a particular individual wants her to be. I think this is the main reason this book is compared to Gone Girl. Both female main characters fake who they are so they are viewed in a certain way and so they can manipulate others into loving them. The difference is that Ani truly just wants to be loved for who she is. I just think she can’t help but put on the face others want to see most of the time.
The story is captivating and it is appalling at times. Man, there were things that drove me crazy, things that pissed me off, and things that made me feel for Ani.
I think this would be a good book for anyone who is used to reading Young Adult and wants to try out Adult, as every alternating chapter is of the main character’s teenage years. But it’s also still an Adult book.
Best Aspect: Writing/story
Worst Aspect: Slow start and slow ending (but really, it wasn’t all that bothersome to me – I was still captivated and wanted to keep reading)