Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you. Summer’s coming and I’m looking forward to doing a lot of reading so I’m putting together a Summer Reading List. I’ll post that one at a later date. Today, I’ve got a book review for you. The cover and blurb are below.
**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.
hing 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?
This is the well-written story of Tifani before she became Ani, a girl who has achieved success and is about to marry the guy of her dreams, but something isn’t quite right, and as we progress through the story, we find out how damaged and broken Tifani is on the inside.
We go back to her high school days and learn about the group she desperately wanted to fit in with, and the boy she had a crush on. The story takes us back to the pivotal point where Tifani breaks. It’s a party and she gets so drunk she passes out. The boys at the party take advantage of the situation and have sex with her without her consent. She doesn’t remember everything that happened and she learns the hard way that belonging to this popular group may not be all it’s cracked up to be.
One boy in the group belongs to a powerful family in the city. His name is Dean Barton, and he has always gotten away with things because of his family money because of this he has entitlement issues and there’s a history of his abusive behavior. There’s another character, Ben, who Dean victimized so badly he ended up in a mental hospital and has never returned to the school. He seems like a minor character, but he becomes a major one as one of the instigators of the tragic event that blows the cover off the abuse in this school.
I won’t tell you anymore of the story, but it’s a sad tale that’s beautifully weaved together so all the threads and pieces fit. You don’t realize the important elements until the end, and that’s how a master story-teller works.
I loved how the story fit together and how I didn’t see the tragic event coming toward the end. The story shows the transformation of Tifani from an insecure girl who has everything to the strong survivor who pushes away things that aren’t good for her.
If you liked “Gone Girl,” you’ll like this story. It’s a great summer read.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and reading my post. Do you have any books you’d like to recommend? I’m planning on doing a ton of reading this summer so I’m looking for some good recommendations! Leave a comment, I love hearing from you!
17 thoughts on “Book Review: “The Luckiest Girl Alive””
Couldn’t get into this at first. Must try again!
Yes. It was kind of a slow start, but things pick up…I thought it was well written. 🙂 But we all have different tastes, too. What type of stories do you like to read?
Literary fiction, Thrillers that aren’t Gone Girl (hated it) and YA.
Ahhh…good to know. Have you read “Thirteen Reasons Why?” That was a good read, too. Who are some of your favorite authors?
I read it years ago. I’m old.
LOL! So am I! 🙂
I found with Gone Girl & Girl on The Train that I didn’t actually like any of the characters but still couldn’t put either of them down – is this similar in terms of characterization do you think?
In the beginning, probably. But toward the end I grew to like Tifani and I loved her best friend. These kinds of stories are popular right now because all of us are a little broken on the inside wouldn’t you agree? 🙂
yes, I think you’re right 🙂
Hi Lisa! Great review. I’m looking forward to picking up The Luckiest Girl Alive. For book ideas, consider Charmed Particles by Chrissy Kolaya. I’d be interested in your thoughts.
Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll put it on my list! 🙂
I need a page turner for the summer. This looks like the one, thank you!
You’re welcome! If you need any other recommendations, let me know! I’ve got several! 🙂
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This seems like a potentially great summer read. Thanks Lisa!
You’re welcome! Thanks for the reblog! I’m reading an awesome story right now if you’re looking for more summer reads. It’s titled “The Devil’s Dance” by Kristen Lamb. I just started it and it’s really good! 🙂
Ooooh I like when the pieces all fall together at the end of the read. You’re right that it’s the sign of a good storyteller. Great review. Let’s enjoy our reading time, as you suggest 🙂
Absolutely, Christy! Thanks for stopping by, it’s always fun to chat with you in the blogosphere! 🙂