Luckiest Girl Alive – Jessica Knoll

5 December 2017
Luckiest Girl Alive Book Cover Luckiest Girl Alive
Jessica Knoll
Simon and Schuster
12 May 2015


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?

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.

Luckiest Girl Alive - Jessica Knoll

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