Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Book Review ~ Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Luckiest Girl Alive
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 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 Aliveexplores 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?

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Alternating between past and present events, the reader gets to intimately know the main character, Ani.  For anyone looking in, Ani appears to have it all - a glamorous job with a big-named magazine, the clothes that every women would die for and a fiancé that is not only handsome, but rich.  But beneath this perfect persona is someone with a painful past and  if disclosed, will bring down the perfect world that Ani has tried so hard to build.

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll is perhaps the most unique and fascinating book I have read this year.  The author has crafted  a story that deals with some tough and dark issues that will shock you, enrage you and in the end surprise you.  Ms. Knoll has a distinctive writing style that really involved me in what was going on with the characters and the plot.  My only big complaint is that I felt like I missed out on something while reading, because part of the ending just confused the heck out of me.  Otherwise, the writing is brilliant and the story engrossing - full of so many twists that you will be hanging for dear life as you try to keep up.

Would I recommend this book?  Sure. Absolutely.  It's definitely a riveting novel that will keep you engaged throughout wanting to know more.  Jessica Knoll has written an outstanding story and I look forward to future novels written by her.

A special thanks to Simon & Schuster for providing me with an Advance Reader's Edition in exchange for an honest review.

4 stars

Jessica Knoll has been a senior editor at Cosmopolitan, and the articles editor at SELF. She grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and graduated from The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. She lives in New York City with her husband. 

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