Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Goodreads Summary: 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?
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: This is the second book from an older POV I've read this week! I have rarely read magazines, but I am no stranger to the glamour of hollywood and even the discrimination in our everyday society. Luckiest Girl Alive is centred around this typical drama.
I've never read anything like Luckiest Girl Alive. I mean, I've read contemporaries occasionally, but none have been so severely focused in the cut-throat society of New York. TifAni FaNelli is just yet another girl trying to survive and stand out.
Yet again, another author has used flashbacks in her story to fill in the background. Like I've said, I really do find this effective for me as a reader, as I get to read about the present without huge, chunky pieces of background, and then get to read about the past and almost re-experience what is hidden.
Ani is a very strong narrator, and I really relate to her. I feel like underneath her tough shell she really is just one more girl scared to truly be herself, afraid of what others would think. Jessica Knoll has included many plot twists in Luckiest Girl Alive, and my favourite character other than Ani is definitely Mr. Andrew Larson. He doesn't help Ani in the way she wants, but he's there for her when she needs someone and offers sound advice.
I really enjoyed Luckiest Girl Alive, and I'll definitely be checking out more Jessica Knoll.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Buy the book: Book Depository
Recommended for: Fans of Adult Contemporary