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Luckiest Girl Alive – Jessica Knoll

About the bookHER 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?

My Review: Duh Slap! – That’s the sound I made when I started reading this book yesterday after having it sitting on my kindle since 2015 – why oh why did I leave it so long to read this book?  Firstly I absolutely LOVE unlikable characters, especially dark, disturbed and exceptionally dysfunctional and Ani FaNelli (or TifAni as she was previously known) is one seriously messed up young lady, but I instantly loved reading her story.  She’s sarcastic and at times pretty mean, but once you get into the book you begin to understand why.

Ani is a successful journalist and about to marry a very well connected and rich man, however first she is going to feature in a documentary about something that happened when she was 14 at high school.  We don’t find out what this event is until towards the end of the book, but with flashbacks from her past, the story begins to unravel and it is so painfully uncomfortable that it’s hard not to feel sympathy for Ani.

I devoured this book in a day.  There have been comparisons to Gone Girl etc, but that’s because this is a book that has divided opinions amongst readers.  Personally I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it, but remember it’s pretty dark and very disturbing in places.

About the Author: Jessica Knoll is the author of the instant New York Times Bestseller, LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE. She 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 Los Angeles with her husband and bulldog, Beatrice.

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