May 22, 2015

Review: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

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?

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After being asked to leave her old school fourteen year old TifAni FaNelli transfers to the prestegious Bradley School. There she wants to fit in with the popular crowd. She does everything to be accepted, but something goes horribly wrong and the effect is devastating. She's traumatized by what happened to her at school, but by being who she is now she's feels like she's getting the ultimate revenge. She's reinvented herself, has a good job in New York and looks fantastic. She's glamorous and she has a rich fiancé. She's calling herself Ani and soon she'll belong to a high class family. Which is what she's always dreamed of. She almost has it, she's so close, but is it what she really wants though?

Ani has so many secrets and buried feelings that are coming to the surface when she's being asked to be part of a documentary. She has to face her past, but that also means she has to face her future. Is she really ready to give everything up for a man? Where does she belong and what does she want?

Ani is crude, she's not like most girls. She's tough and she knows what she likes. She's hiding a terrible secret and her fiancé doesn't want to talk about it. He wants to pretend it never happens. Ani can't do that and slowly she starts to find out what she wants from life. She's always been under pressure. Her family isn't warm and loving and at school she's different. She does everything to belong to a higher class, but that comes with a terrible, terrible price.

Luckiest Girl Alive isn't an easy read, it's definitely not light reading suitable for everyone. Ani's past is dark and twisted and she didn't come out unharmed. Her past keeps influencing her present. She's been through so much and sometimes it's almost too much. It's always a fine line, but the author manages to keep her balance. That makes this story interesting, intriguing and very good. Ani's voice is brutally honest and it's like the reader is in her mind. If you like a challenge and an unusual story then you will love this book.   

2 comments:

  1. I didn't read far enough to get to anything that was too dark and twisted. I had a hard time with all the cliches and snobbery. Maybe it would have improved. Great review.

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  2. Nice review, the book blurb sounds alluring! :)

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