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Not in United States? Choose your country's store to see books available for purchase. We promise [ Luckiest Girl Alive is] just as addictive. Knoll hits it out of the park. As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. The question remains:
Reason Number One you need to get this book: The grown-up version of our narrator. You will hate her. She is shallow. She is a Super Bitch, one of those The Devil Wears Prada clackers who judges everyone she meets, and holds her power over them with intense self awareness. She knows she's a horrible person, and she crafts her world meticulously to make sure no one else does. Keep reading, though. Because when that facade starts to crack, when you see the bone and marrow beneath, it is so mesmerizing.
This is when you start to get pulled in, really pulled in. You start to ask why. Reason Number Two you need to get this book: The year old version of our narrator.
God, if there were ever a more unfortunate name for a child. Why would you ever think it was a good idea to subject a child to this name. You will not hate her. You might not particularly like her, but there will not be the visceral dislike you had for her adult counterpart.
But she starts out as an average 14 year old, and depending on how far removed you are from her age, you might find her trying. This story bounces back and forth in time between Ani and TifAni. And it tells you everything in tiny hints. Hints that make sense eventually, but it's not until you get to these reveals that you realize the hints existed in the first place. Reason Number Three you need to get this book: You will think you know what's coming.
You will laugh at your own assumptions when you find out you're so very wrong. I will not spoil this book for you. Not because, "Don't you dare let anyone spoil this book for you!! I won't spoil it because this roller coaster ride has to be felt all on its own, without warning.
Jessica Knoll needs to be commended for this writing. There are so many pot holes this book could have fallen into. So many turns it could've taken, that I was silently begging it not to take.
Apparently, Ms Knoll and I are familiar with similar books, because she knew the pot holes I was worried about her falling in, and swerved around them so deftly. Every expectation I had disappeared. Every cliche I expected, it was like she was laughing at me. I love it. This book is being compared to Gone Girl. Don't listen to that. It's in a league all on its own.
View all 15 comments. Feb 04, Erin rated it really liked it Shelves: ARC for review. I'm famous well, "famous" is probably strong for completing nearly every book I start. I can only think of a couple of instances where the book was so bad I didn't finish, seriously, maybe only two or three.
So, obviously I end up reading some bad books. Recently I was having a GoodReads conversation with my friend Amy, who had just stopped reading a book, and I started to rethink my position.
Life is short and I currently have nearly nine hundred books on my "to read" list an ARC for review. Life is short and I currently have nearly nine hundred books on my "to read" list and that means I actually OWN these books. However, this is a perfect example of way sometimes you have to give what seems like a book that is not for you a fighting chance.
Our heroine, TifAni yep, I know some people would have stopped right there is trying very hard to live the dream in NYC. She's worked hard to get a job at a women's magazine think Cosmo , to find the right purse, the right hair color, the right weight there's a LOT of talk about workouts and calories, etc. Suddenly, TifAni is a real human being, one that you sometimes want to shake and sometimes want to cheer on. I won't give away any spoilers the first turn is probably fairly predictable, the second was quite a surprise , but if you are looking for a airplane or beach read, this is an excellent choice - enough fluff so that you can truly enjoy your cocktail, but enough meat that you'll keep turning the pages.
Very, very good debut by Ms. View all 9 comments. Definitely 1 star And I give this without any regrets. Luckiest Girl Alive is one of those novels that tricks you through its promotions you know how I fucking hate propaganda. Look at those reviews, this is labelled as a psychological thriller and how? And look how everyone is comparing this to Gillian Flynn. Gillian Flynn. Gone Girl. Amy Dunne!? Such trickery. I went into this novel ex Definitely 1 star And I give this without any regrets.
It was very choppy. Either the scenes cut too short or the scenes drag on and on. The narrative constantly jumps from past to present without giving at least any warning to the reader.
There was no uniqueness to the cast of characters. Everything was just so random! We were shown the life of Ani as an adult and as a teenager and in both of those timelines the characters were either a.
I did not feel it. This adds to the whole lot of sex talk. I was so bored throughout the entire novel and so frustrated I felt like I wanted to throw my kindle at the wall. A very painful experience I have to tell you, very painful. Those are just rundown of my thoughts and I was obviously disappointed overall. The hype propaganda surrounding this and all the comparisons to Gillian Flynn, I was really expecting a lot from this but it just turned out to be some long and pointless view into Ani's sexual life.
Por isso, Basta! May 18, Wendy Darling rated it liked it Shelves: Liked the arch narrative voice even with the over-emphasis on material goods The payoff is also far too predictable and underwhelming.
I'd check out a future book by this author, though. View all 10 comments. Jan 24, Elyse Walters rated it really liked it Shelves: I think this is going to be a popular book.
As for me, I'm somewhat "A Confused Girl". I'm confused about the 'ending' of this story. I'm not sure what 'fully' happened. Makes you even more interested to read this right? Heck, it would me! The main character isn't the most likeable person you'll ever met. In fact, 'none' of the characters are particularly likeable. Yet, doesn't matter --I can enjoy a book where I'm not crazy about the characters. I just need other things to keep me interested.
Ani FaNelli lived through a haunting disturbing trauma -- during High School. As an adult -- She seems to have somewhat recovered. She works for an established successful woman's magazine, and is engaged to a man who loves her from an-affluent family. The storytelling goes back and forth --flashbacks to her high school years. The author Jessica Knoll does a great job engaging us -- but sometimes I just wasn't interested in what I was engaged in. The crafting was excellent though --artfully constructed!
I tended to get bored with the following 'ME' theme: Concerns with herself play out during both her teen years and adult years. We witness Ani either feeling better than others, or less than.
During her teen years --she often came off as being meek. As an adult, sometimes as a bitch. This contrasts from meek to bitch allows for some deeper human understanding though -- so I did understood the value for the situations presented to us in the storytelling Things I was 'most' interested in: I wanted to know about the nightmare from Ani's teen years I wanted to know more about Ani's relationship with her favorite teacher when she was in High School I wanted to know more about the man Ani was engaged to as an adult I wanted to know what choices Ani was going to make as an adult.
The suspense storytelling was built effectively -- There comes a point in the novel --where you can't stop reading --You're hooked! Also --Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley View all 29 comments.
Exquisitely disfunctional! And there's one hell of a crazy girl portrayed in here! It's Gone Girl all right! This book storyline is entirely disgusting, it's like watching a car crash. One can easily see why modern guys go gay. I would too if facing life with such a nasty creature.
Frankly speaking, a good psychoanalyst would be soo much needed, both for the happy bride and for the unlucky catch. And for the reader too. This should be made a reading material for psychologists in training. The ill Exquisitely disfunctional! Paying that much attention to minutiae of life, work, day-to-day These people are officially crazy! So go with the pan-seared sole and snap that menu shut before you start eye-sexing the penne alla vodka.
The elevator doors dinged my freedom. Clifford batted his eyes flirtatiously. Eleanor got nothing. Eleanor happened to be in a meeting, and by the time she read the e-mail, the cookies were gone. The compliment was as much for me as it was for Eleanor. Clifford loved to showboat what a peach he could be if only you never crossed him. She looked at me, waiting to see what I would do.
If I ignored her, it was a line drawn in the sand. Laugh, and it was a betrayal to Clifford. I held up my hands. The editor in chief—a chic, asexual woman named LoLo, with a menacing presence I thrive on because it makes my job feel forever in jeopardy and therefore important—seems to be simultaneously disgusted by and in awe of me. My co-workers turn their noses up at meeting with these sad-sack girls the same way they turn their noses up at writing about the grundle, but I find it to be pure entertainment.
This girl would have tortured me ten years ago, and I fly out of bed on the mornings I get to exert my power over her now. I make it a point to bring these girls to the newsstand. View all 3 comments. May 25, Lindsey Rey rated it it was amazing Shelves: Seriously, so good! I had to take off half a star because there is this one scene where the main character asks someone for help and the person says "I'm not qualified to answer that" and walks away and I am not okay with the author writing that scene like that.
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Other than that, this was amazing! Triggers Warnings: View all 12 comments. This book was a drag, it had no positive element whatsoever. It was so bad. From the first few pages I knew I wouldn't like Ani. She was a complete bitch and a half.
Honestly all she did was judge others and complain and it drove me insane. The passages about her when she was in school were a little bit better. She wasn't as awful when she was It was only towards the end that I started to dislike young TifAni too. The other characters were so one-dimensional they were like cardboard cut-outs.
Maybe it's because Ani was so superficial but I felt nothing for any of the characters. They were all absolutely horrid and I couldn't relate to any of them. Reading a book with characters like this is hard for me.
I don't want much, I'm not asking for adorably loveable characters, just a character I can slightly relate to or sympathise with. Because there were no good characters, I was so disinterested, I really did not give a flying feck about the story. The story annoyed me. Jessica Knoll kept dangling this super shocking secretive twist in front of me and it drove me insane.
She was definitely doing it for the shock factor. Then the twist wasn't even that good and I was so annoyed. The only thing that kept me reading the book was to see what would happen. Nothing good happened. The ending was so frustrating. Like NO. This story has things like - drug use, rape, bullying, unhealthy diets, diet pills etc but it doesn't even open a conversation for these topics.
It just adds them in for drama factor. The writing didn't really impress me. I skimmed quite a bit because I was bored and all I cared about was getting to the end.
I would not recommend this and I won't be in a hurry to read another book by Jessica Knoll. Ani was just a judgemental bitch. Jun 11, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Shelves: I could go into detail about the parallel storylines, the timeframes, and the relationship dynamics featured here, but it doesn't change the devastating portrait of a woman who grew up broken, unbelieved, invalidated, and judged.
It's hard to heal under those circumstances, and the consequences sadly speak for themselves. Jessica Knoll 's debut novel, Luckiest Girl Alive is a character-driven novel that allows readers to get to know the leading lady: TifAni "Ani" FaNelli pretty intimately, but that's not always a good thing.
After all, broken people are at times the most difficult. But I for one really liked her character and was less impressed with the behavior and thought-processes of those around her. Knoll's incorporation of realistic fiction, suspense, mystery, and complexity make this novel incredibly engaging from start to finish. Speaking of finishes, I must note that I was expecting a big twist or mind-boggling revelation at the end likely due to the fanfare , but this wasn't the case.
I did, however, leave my reading experience extremely satisfied with a feeling of hopefulness for TifAni. My favorite quote: He imagined the future I could have before I even wanted it for myself, and he was the one to push me toward it. That's faith. Growing up I thought faith was about believing Jesus died for us and that if I held on to that, I'd get to meet him when I died too.
But faith doesn't mean that to me anymore. Now it means someone seeing something in you that you don't and not giving up until you see it too. Woah that was pretty crazy! Such an interesting story. Sep 26, Will Byrnes rated it it was ok. In the ironically titled Luckiest Girl Alive we meet Ani Fanelli, a twenty-something who is all about appearances, which does not seem so much different from who she was as a teenager, when she was all about getting in with the cool kids.
Teen-aged Ani goes through some pretty awful experiences, none of them deserved. After struggling to make it in the big city, after having snagged a gold ring of a handsome, moneyed fiancee and the gold ring of a status career, Ani is busy planning her wedding.
She has also agreed to participate in a documentary being made about a traumatic event she was involved in as a teen. It brings up many memories, and some old feelings, which, of course, affect decisions she must make. There are plenty of fashion and cultural refs for those who enjoy them. Knoll certainly knows her designers, and that gives her venue believability. I tip my Brent Black Panama to Knoll for knowing her bling. The largest positive in the book is in showing not only how Ani found herself in an untenable position as a teen, but in illuminating both her thought process and the milieu in which she existed as she struggled to cope with the aftermath.
There is real world relevance in this. Luckiest certainly includes page-turning elements, particularly once we get the big reveal in the latter half. But I was never engaged enough with Ani to feel the love. Twenty-something Ani may be facing emotional and moral challenges but she is never in mortal peril, which is usually required for this sort of book.
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There is plenty of sympathy generated for Ani, for sure. The girl got a bad deal on several fronts. But will she have a happy marriage?
Will she get the job of her dreams? Will she lose those last few pounds? Will she resolve her feelings for that guy from way back when? I never really cared that much.
While an attempt is clearly made to give the story meaningful substance, it never felt to me that it got more than skin deep. If all you need is a surface read, The Luckiest Girl Alive will certainly serve. But if you want something heartier, you might try your luck elsewhere.
View all 4 comments. This novel was a trumped up work packaged and sold as the must-read of summer When it appeared on the NYT with its fashionable blurb, I instantly reached for it all hail the power of sales , but upon reading it, I quickly found it to be an awkward collision between The Devil Wears Prada though quite the lesser, copy-cat sort of version of it and Colu This novel was a trumped up work packaged and sold as the must-read of summer When it appeared on the NYT with its fashionable blurb, I instantly reached for it all hail the power of sales , but upon reading it, I quickly found it to be an awkward collision between The Devil Wears Prada though quite the lesser, copy-cat sort of version of it and Columbine.
Yes, try for a moment to imagine that! The writing was immature, though there were moments where it managed the humorous tone that it was seeking: No man feels very much compelled to rip your clothes off after you inform him, bitchily, that he left one lone turd floating in the toilet is an example of both, offered fairly early in the novel. And the way that TifAni's choices played out allowed Knoll to reach out and touch an audience that was wide enough, it seems, to propel this novel onto the NYT Bestseller List.
View all 7 comments. Nov 29, Malia rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. While it is compared to Gone Girl, I did not get that vibe, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Her character was complex, difficult to like but somehow fascinating as well.
The story unfolds slowly, and yet the pace of the writing is quick and very fluid. I am surprised this is a debut, because the style of writing is so confident, but then again, Knoll writes for magazines so she's certainly no rookie when it comes to publishing.
I wasn't sure what to expect of the plot, the summary in the book's jacket doesn't give much away, and while I wasn't really shocked by the plot turns except by one event near the end, which you will recognize when you read this for yourself , I still found it very satisfying. I sped through this in two days, and that's pretty fast for me, so that tells you what a quick, engaging read this is.
I would recommend it to fans of clever thrillers with a memorable female protagonist. For me it was more a darker Liane Moriarty than Gillian Flynn, but as I said above, that's not necessarily a bad thing. I received this copy in a Goodreads giveaway and have written what I think is a fair and fitting review. This review would not be complete if I did not address that I recently read that the truly sad part of this book, the violent sexual abuse, is based on the author's real experiences.
This makes me view Luckiest Girl Alive in an even more serious light. I hope the author, Jessica Knoll, can raise greater awareness by coming forward with this, and that she and other victims of sexual assault can find some comfort and hopefully stop blaming themselves, should that be the case. It is never your fault. Find more reviews and bookish fun at http: View 2 comments.
May 29, Paige Bookdragon rated it did not like it Shelves: I still hate the book and the characters. But I'm willing to admit that I was bitchy and did something that I normally don't do.
And that is blaming the victim. Thank you for all the nice people who discussed the book in the comments area. Not everyone who disagrees with you is a troll. View all 38 comments. Aug 09, Snotchocheez rated it liked it. I honestly considered abandoning ship 40 pages in because I just could not deal with TifAni FaNelli's insufferably shallow and materialistic The Devil Wears Prada privileged demeanor.
There seemed no redeeming value whatsoever reading about this woman's life. I won't beleaguer the obvious point: And that's about when Ms. Knoll threw a curveball that kept me reading her Luckiest Girl Alive just to see where she was going to take this hot mess. Somehow she morphed two genres of novel Sex and the City -esque Chick Lit with trauma-filled YA and transformed a book going nowhere into a cohesive, strangely readable character study, with plenty of unpredictable twists and turns. Ultimately I could not reconcile the mashup of genres enough to fully enjoy the novel, but that she kept me reading it at all Knoll's day job with Cosmopolitan Magazine; there's nothing like writing what you know , to her past life in high school and college.
Ani is preparing for her super high dollar wedding with the insanely wealthy Wall Streeter Luke at his family's estate on Nantucket Island. It becomes apparent, in between her harrangues about fitting into her size 0 wedding dress and blathering about everyone else's fashion and weight shortcomings, that her dream wedding is not quite as dreamy as one might expect from its exorbitant price tag.
It's when Ms. Knoll rolls back the calendar 14 years to Tif Ani's formative years in private Bradley school in the wealthy suburbs of the Main Line, outside of Philadelphia, PA, when the novel starts getting interesting.
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It seems something traumatic happened to her view spoiler [she was raped by three guys at a party while she was passed out drunk hide spoiler ] that might explain the way she's so shallow and materialistic in the present day. Then, reverting back to the present, not only is Ani preparing for her wedding, she's nervous about her participation in an upcoming documentary view spoiler [where it's revealed her school is visited by a Columbine-like tragedy It's at this point when I really had difficulty swallowing this story.
It sorta explains Ani's present-day bitchiness, but not enough to really care enough about her character to do anything more than shrug my shoulders and cringe. I don't think I've ever encountered a novel so simultaneously intelligent and trashy. Good luck finding cent words like "synecdoche" in other books of its ilk.
I guess that's a back-handed compliment, but it's the best I can do. Knoll kept me in it to the end, although for the life of me, I can't quite fathom how she did it.
Kudos to her for at least trying to break the mold and concoct something fresh and new, even if its ultimate result is half-baked. Apr 19, Madeline rated it liked it. Ani FaNelli has the perfect life. She works for a fashion magazine, is thin and beautiful, has thin and beautiful friends, and once she marries her New York blue-blood fiance, she'll become Ani Harrison and will have gotten everything she wants.
Ani's life is a carefully crafted performance - everything she does and says is specifically engineered to project the kind of persona she wants, and hide the person she used to be. Then Jessica Knoll did her job , a middle-class girl living in a poor neighborhood in Philadelphia who, through unusual circumstances and luck, got herself enrolled in the prestigious Bradley School.
Her desperation to fit in with and be friends with her rich classmates created a sequence of events that led to a horrifying night - one that Ani is desperate to forget. But this night had further consequences, and culminated in an Incident at the school.
Now, a documentary crew is making a movie about the Incident and what is being called "the Bradley Five" and they want to interview Ani to get her side of the story. Finally, Ani will have to tell the truth about what happened, and what she knows about the people involved. Real talk, guys: I should have known what I was in for as soon as I started scanning the publisher's blurbs at the beginning of this book and saw no less than five that went "If you're a fan of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train It's here , for those of you who don't have it committed to memory like me I'm going to adopt her metphor because I think it applies perfectly to how you should approach Luckiest Girl Alive.
Laurent cerulean military jackets, and Luckiest Girl Alive is the lumpy blue sweater that Andy fished out of some clearance bin. That's honestly the best way I can describe this book and its appeal to potential readers. And for what it's worth, I think Andy's sweater was cute. View all 8 comments. Jan 23, Leanne rated it really liked it Shelves: This was not something I would have picked up on my own thanks to its cheesy cover, so many thanks to the couple of GR friends I have who introduced me to it!
It's exactly what I needed after a few lacklustre reads, despite being yet another thriller being compared to Gone Girl Gillian Flynn should be paid for all of the times someone references her book in order to sell other books.
Find out more about OverDrive accounts. She has been a senior editor at Cosmopolitan and the articles editor at Self. She g We want your feedback! Click here. Subjects Fiction Suspense. Luckiest Girl Alive —described by Reese Witherspoon as "one of those reads you just can't put down! We promise [ Luckiest Girl Alive is] just as addictive.
Destined to become one of the summer's most gripping reads. Knoll hits it out of the park.
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