***AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER***
Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will thrill at “the perfect page-turner to start your summer” (People, Book of the Week): Luckiest Girl Alive—described by Reese Witherspoon as “one of those reads you just can’t put down!”
“Loved Gone Girl? We promise [Luckiest Girl Alive is] just as addictive.”
“Jessica Knoll introduces you to your new best frenemy, and you’re going to love it. . . .Destined to become one of the summer’s most gripping reads.”
“With the cunning and verve of Gillian Flynn but an intensity all its own, Luckiest Girl Alive is a debut you won’t want to miss.”
—Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me and The Fever
“Luckiest Girl Alive is Gone Girl meets Cosmo meets Sex and the City. . . . Knoll hits it out of the park.”
—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Luckiest Girl Alive is so scary good, we literally read it in one sitting. Ani FaNelli has got it going on. An ambitious editor at The Women’s Magazine, she’s got a head-turning wardrobe, great connections, and a handsome, blue-blooded fiancé. But scratch the surface and something’s very, very wrong. SELF magazine editor Jessica Knoll’s first novel has all the makings of a hit like Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, but it’s her unpredictable, angry, and unexpectedly sympathetic heroine who had us hanging on every word.
One woman's carefully orchestrated, perfect life slowly cracks to reveal a dark underbelly in Knoll's knockout debut novel. Ani FaNelli has left her Main Line suburban Philadelphia roots behind to reinvent herself as a writer for a successful New York magazine. She is now engaged to the successful, wealthy Luke. But her past threatens to come back to haunt her, in the form of a documentary about a school shooting that happened at her prestigious private high school years ago. Ani leaves New York to travel back to suburban Philadelphia to tell her side of the story. Knoll carefully unravels Ani's past, her fractured relationship with her mother, and her suffering at the hands of her fellow high school students. Flashbacks reveal the psychological and physical damage inflicted by Ani's classmates, the effects of which linger in the present. And a chance encounter with Ani's former teacher, Andrew Larson, reminds Ani of her decision to participate in the documentary and opens up a host of questions she wants to ask him about his participation in it. Yet what sets this novel apart is the author's ability to snare the reader from page one, setting the tone for a completely enthralling read as the secrets are revealed.
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This was a very well-written book. You can feel the conflict of Ani. You can see how she is struggling with her 14-year old self, and the woman she is today. I really enjoyed reading this book, but the ending was slightly anticlimactic for me. For as detailed as everything else in the book was, the ending fell a little flat - like being dropped off a cliff. I would highly consider reading more from this author. I enjoyed her style!
The last few chapters were predictable and seemed kind of pointless. I did not find myself rooting for the main character (in fact, none of the characters were all that likeable) and felt like the it was over the top vulgar. Overall it kept my interest - but was nothing like Gone Girl or Girl on a Train as the description advertised.
Expected much more... Started off great... Got very boring and went nowhere. This is no Gone Girl. Don't believe the hype.