Luckiest Girl Alive

Luckiest Girl Alive

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"This riveting debut novel follows a young woman striving to create the perfect life-- husband, home, career-- until a violent incident from her past threatens to unravel everything and expose her most shocking secret of all"-- Provided by publisher.
"In a riveting debut novel that reads like Prep meets Gone Girl, a young woman is determined to create the perfect life--husband, home, and career--until a violent incident from her past threatens to unravel everything and expose her most shocking secret of all. Twenty-eight-year-old New Yorker Ani FaNelli seems to have it all: she's a rising star at The Women's Magazine, impossibly fit, perfectly groomed, and about to marry Luke Harrison, a handsome blueblood. But behind that veneer of perfection lies a vulnerability that Ani holds close and buries deep--a very violent and public trauma from her past that has left her constantly trying to reinvent herself. And only she knows how far she would go to keep her secrets safe. When a documentary producer invites Ani to tell her side of the chilling incident that took place when she was a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, she hopes it will be an opportunity for public vindication. Armed with the trappings of success--expensive clothes, high-powered byline, a massive engagement ring--she is determined to silence the whispers of suspicion and blame from her past, and prove once and for all how far she's come since Bradley. She'll even let them film her lavish wedding on Nantucket, the final step in her transformation. But perfection doesn't come without cost. As the wedding and filming converge, Ani's meticulously crafted facade begins to buckle and crack--until an explosive revelation offers her a final chance at redemption, even as it rocks her picture-perfect world. Equal parts glitz and darkness, and with a singular voice and twisting plot, Luckiest Girl Alive reads like Sex & the City--if Carrie Bradshaw had a closet full of skeletons instead of shoes. In Ani FaNelli, Jessica Knoll has created a complex and vulnerable heroine who you'll be rooting for to the very last page"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476789644
1476789649
9781476789637
1476789630
Branch Call Number: Fiction Kno
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 24 cm

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Cruzingkel
Jul 07, 2018

I had a very hard time reading this book! After reading one half of the book, I was frustrated with the authors main character, she is annoying!! Up to this point, the main character seemed as if she could not get on with her life. The Girl On The Train was definitely not my type of read and I did not go beyond the first half of the book.

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AnneCarolineDrake
May 25, 2018

This book rips off the veneer and exposes the harsh reality of women who have been raped. The PTSD episodes. The pretense that everything's fine here. The impossibility of real intimacy. The rage. The self-doubt. The impossible task of trying to put back together the shattered shards of our spirit, dignity, and self-respect after we have been brutally violated by arrogant, self-entitled, powerful men who know they'll never be held accountable. . .men who will make us wish we'd never been born if we break our silence and speak the truth.

I think most of the people who have written reviews didn't absorb the weight of the dedication: "To all the TifAni FaNellis of the world. I know."

The publisher made a mistake suggesting this was another Gone Girl. No. Today, it would be pitched more accurately as the brave, raw story of a #MeToo survivor.

Yes, the book gets off to a rough start. Yes, TifAni FaNelli is annoying. The black rose on the cover is a clue that she's not, in fact, the Luckiest Girl Alive despite how desperately she would like to be.

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taylornorman01
May 15, 2018

This book was a little dark, so not for you if you are in the mood for a light read. It was good though & somehow I found myself feeling sorry for and disliking the main character at the same time. The ending wasn't my favorite and left you wanting a little more clarity.

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SlightlyWicked69
Nov 17, 2017

Loved this book and I've found another author that i plan on following to see where they can take me with their next book.I found myself feeling sorry for and disliking the main character at the same time.This book had a lot of twist and turns that keep you awake at night turning the pages.Jessica Knoll has a new fan and she will be added to my list of authors to look for at the library.

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prljmlove
Jul 02, 2017

If you aren't in the mood for a depressing story, then this isn't the one for you. The subject matter, the characters, the plot and storyline - all of it - dark and unrelenting. That being said, the writing style, speed and unpredictable turns that the story takes made it difficult for me to put down. There are many potential "triggers," including sexual violence, murder and bullying (to name a few,) but if you're up for it, it's a compelling read.

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taylorwoods
Feb 10, 2017

“Moving on doesn’t mean you don’t talk about it. Or hurt about it. It’s always going to hurt,”

I feel as though Luckiest Girl Alive is Gone Girl's less impressive, but just as dark sister.
Ani's character I felt was a tad forced at some points- I mean who actually walks around literally hating every woman she comes across. I could see the method behind Amy Dunne's (Gone Girl) character, but Ani felt forced by the author. I know she's supposed to be a "unlikeable, unreliable" narrator, but she just overall was not agood person. However, the saving grace to this one was the unexpected events that occurred. I knew Ani was supposed to be this woman who had a horrible public humiliation in her past, but I never saw it coming until the moment(s) it actually happens. Bravo, Jessica Knoll! I was thoroughly floored at it and was almost upset by it. I mean, damn!

Was it the best or one of my favorites from this year? Nah. But did I enjoy it? Yes. Will I recommend it? Sure- to anyone desperate enough for a Gillian Flynn read-alike. I imagine I'd read any of Knoll's future publications if it were like this one.

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lcurrie5167
Jan 31, 2017

Just finished reading this book and I have to say it was not only dark and creepy but it was also enlightening. By opening dialogues about the double standards men and women face when it comes to their own sexuality as well as the pervasively negative outcomes of "slut shaming" I feel that this novel takes some important next steps towards creating the true equality of men and women.

I will add though, as so many others have here, that this title does not deserve the same recognition as GIllian Flynn received for writing "Gone Girl".

LPL_KateG Oct 24, 2016

Just finished this one for Last Wednesday Book Club. It was slow to start and I honestly didn't plan on enjoying it that much. The main character isn't too likable and I get annoyed by whiny rich white narrators. HOWEVER. The context of this writing - a way for an author to talk about her own horrendous (and NOT uncommon) experience of rape, and the slut shaming and disbelief she encountered afterward - made it a compelling read. There are some twists and surprises, and I found myself turning the pages late into the night. Read this not necessarily for brilliant writing, but for a glimpse into the coping mechanisms that can come from tragedy.

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PinesandPrejudice
Oct 21, 2016

I can understand why people like this book and it's probably for the same reason I don't like this book completely. It was creepy, but it's supposed to be. It is dark and violence and deep and heart-wrenching but it's supposed to be. So make sure you are in the right mindset to read this book. It did leave me shaking and points and I had to put it down and pull myself from it on multiple occasions but all in a good way. It's too intense for me, as a sensitive soul, but it was well-crafted, well-written just not my cup of tea. If you are a fan of this type of intense read, then pick this up. If you're not, it's okay if you avoid it.

Also: Trigger warnings for gun violence, rape, domestic violence and anorexia.

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daysleeper236
Oct 14, 2016

A fascinating, complex thriller. Couldn't put it down.

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