Luckiest Girl Alive
By Jessica Knoll
Summary: 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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Source: I bought a hardcover.
I’ve heard mixed reviews about Luckiest Girl Alive. While I was intrigued enough by the buzz and the synopsis to buy it, it has sat on my TBR shelf for a bit. Finally, the mood hit me and I grabbed it. I’m not sure what I was initially worried about because I really enjoyed the book!
Ani was a tough main character and I think how you feel about her will essentially make or break your enjoyment of the book. At first, she came across as just the worst sort of shallow and conniving person, manipulating the people around her, eager to be a success, measuring herself by the price of the clothes on her body and the age of the ring on her finger. It was a bit tough at first to care about her, but I still flew through the pages just to figure out why she was like that and what happened to her.
Throughout the book, we got to know Ani. Something happened to her at Bradley, her high school, and the story switched from past to present to give the reader a bit more detail about whatever changed her from eager semi-poor girl with flashy wealth to someone who measures her worth by the age of the money she was surrounded by. It didn’t take long to realize that due to her childhood and the way she grew up, a lot of who she was in the present was a defense mechanism. Despite her narrating the book, she wasn’t even honest with herself about how shallow of a person she was.
I enjoyed the book quite a bit. I can see why other people didn’t like it, because Ani was a tad abrasive, but I liked her POV and I was eager to know what happened and how it shaped her, and what decisions she’d make in the present. I think, overall, she grew as a person as she participated in the documentary about her high school years and realized a bit more about herself.
I definitely recommend Luckiest Girl Alive, provided you aren’t the type of person who has to love or respect the main character and don’t mind if they are selfish and flawed. I think it has a lot of great points about what it’s like to be a girl growing up and trying to be cool or popular and the decisions you make that have an impact on the people around you.