Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
One sentence of advice. Go into Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll blind. Seriously, I would not have enjoyed the book nearly as much if I had known the subject matter I was going in. Because of that, the primary twist was a “Woah” instead of a “Meh.”
“Ah-knee” Finelli has it all. The perfect body, the perfect job, the perfect fiancé, the perfect life.
But deep inside Ani Finelli, things just aren’t perfect. Because once upon a time she was Tifani Finelli. And she went to the Bradley School, where things went all wrong. That’s all I’m sharing. LOL
Oh, Ani… Come On.
Honestly, I didn’t like Ani. What a stuck up, 700-calorie eating, well-dressed bitch. But then we flash back to Tifani, and I feel for her. A little. She was only 14.
And her parents, what a mess. Tifani’s father was mean, and her mother was a “wannabe” who lived well beyond her means.
No wonder she was the way she was when she had grown up.
There are a lot of negative reviews, stating that Luckiest Girl Alive was boring. If you know the what the topic is going in, I can see why people would think that. But because I didn’t know, there was a lot of anticipation and brain work trying to figure out what exactly was going on and what was going to happen.
Then when it happened, I wasn’t expecting it at all. I had NO idea that was the premise of the book. So it wasn’t dull to me at all.
Despite what had happened to Tifani as a youngster, I still had trouble relating to adult Ani. It wasn’t the rich bitch persona she put forward; it was the fact that she was conniving. I don’t like that snake personality hiding behind a cute bunny exterior. Lots of people have bad things happen; they are not weasels.
The disdain I had toward Ani may have been Jessica Knoll’s intent. There may have been more to that than I noticed. I don’t always catch hidden meanings and symbolism. But it’s weird to have a heroine whom I disliked. But, the book description says “a heart that is bigger than it appears.” I just didn’t see that.
All in all, I enjoyed Luckiest Girl Alive. I did not find it boring at all, I stuck with it the whole time, and I didn’t skip ahead or find myself drifting. I give Jessica Knoll 4-stars for Luckiest Girl Alive.