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Preview — Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
Luckiest Girl Alive
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 el ...more
1) The book is an objectively well-written, pretentious masterpiece that everyone thinks they should read but no one really likes.
Or 2) Some marketing guru thought it would be a good idea to - wrongly - pitch the book as the next Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Gone Girl... etc.
In this case, it's the second reason. Luckie ...more
“She didn’t have anything in her teeth.”This book was sold with a blurb as being "for fans of Gone Girl." With all due respect, there is no comparison. It is more The Devil Meets Prada or ...more
I took my time leaning over the table, slurped my wine from the rim to spare my white jeans. Never fuck with a rich white bitch and her white jeans. “Not in her teeth. Up her ass, on the other hand . . .”
Luke’s laugh was the standing ovation. He shook his head, impressed. “You can be pretty vicious, you know?”
this book is kind of like if the lifetime channel exploded, causing lifetime confetti to go everywhere.
but i don't think that's a bad thing.
a lot of people have had really strong negative reactions to this book, but since this seems to be the year that i like the books everyone hates and hate the books everyone likes, here i am with at least one thumb up.
this book is far from perfect, and it's got a lot of things in it that people who read less clinically ...more
But remember, when a book has controversial, disagreeing ratings, often it’s something to look
forward to. (My way of promoting the book despite myself.)
I am a very principled reader in such a way that I stick to my no dnf rule. It has been very easy to uphold this attitude on reading because of all the books I’ve read, I could only count with my fingers those that I wanted to dnf. This book though managed to make me question my stubborn principle.
But because I’m ...more
When this book was first released and making the rounds on Goodreads, the cover was so enticing, but the reviews were mixed. I hemmed and hawed over it, unable to decide if I wanted to read it or not. But, as time passed, and all the hype died down, I forgot all about this book. But, when I noticed this author had a new release coming up soon, I thought I’d go back and give this book a second look. The reviews were s ...more
Also, the plot was basically nothingness until the last t ...more
Well, I think it had been a few days since I saw a book compared to Gone Girl so thankfully we didn't lose a step. Truthfully, though, other than the fact that both books have the word "Girl" in their title, I don't know what they have in common, so maybe someone else can explain the need to compare the two.
Ani FaNelli finally has it all. She's engaged to a gorgeous, wealthy man from a notable family. He makes her feel safe and secure, and allows her to buy th ...more
Whew! LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE turned out to be a very long and tedious read for me that I really struggled to finish.
In a nutshell, this story is about a damaged, but fortunate 28 year old woman (with a secret past) who is in the process of planning her wedding soon to be part of a very affluent family, while at the same time, ruminating about an upcoming documentary depicting a disastrous and shocking time in her young 14 year old life.
I am sorry to say that despite the sensitive and horri...more
"Luckiest Girl Alive" by Jessica Knoll was one of my favorite novels I read last year. The book's protagonist, Ani might come off as alluring and confident to her fiancée, Luke and to her flashy co-workers, but underneath her glossy sheen is a woman internally wrestling with past demons. Even though her personal and professional life is free of conflict; emotionally she is drowning. During Ani's teenage years, she endured a handful of traumas. Now that sh ...more
First and foremost, please understand that it took me a few times of running through the ARCs on Netgalley before I requested this title. The cover art just didn't do it for me, made me think romance, fluff, air. Not my style. But then I looked a little closer, read the description, popped onto GoodReads to see what was up w ...more
I'm famous (well, "famous" is probably strong) for completing nearly every book I start. I can only think of a couple of instances where the book was so bad I didn't finish, seriously, maybe only two or three. So, obviously I end up reading some bad books.
Recently I was having a GoodReads conversation with my friend Amy, who had just stopped reading a book, and I started to rethink my position. Life is short and I currently have nearly nine hundred books on my "to read" list (an ...more
And I give this without any regrets. Luckiest Girl Alive is one of those novels that tricks you through its promotions (you know how I fucking hate propaganda). Look at those reviews, this is labelled as a psychological thriller and how? Only the last 15% had any hint of suspense. Pfft.
And look how everyone is comparing this to Gillian Flynn. Gillian Flynn. Gone Girl. Amy Dunne!? Ani barely holds a candle to Amy Dunne’s amazing character. Such trickery. I went into this novel ex ...more
For those who have enjoyed "Gone Girl", "The Good Girl", The "Still Missing" Girl, "The Forgotten Girl", and any other troubled story with the word "GIRL" on its book cover -then get a copy of
"Luckiest Girl Alive", and start reading!
As for me, I'm somewhat "A Confused Girl".
I'm confused about the 'ending' of this story. I'm not sure what 'fully' happened.
Makes you even more interested to read this right?
Heck, it would me! (but I'm not goi ...more
ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS!!!! Seriously, so good! I had to take off half a star because there is this one scene where the main character asks someone for help and the person says "I'm not qualified to answer that" and walks away and I am not okay with the author writing that scene like that. Other than that, this was amazing!
Triggers Warnings: Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Bullying, Sexual Assault
One can easily see why modern guys go gay. I would too if facing life with such a nasty creature.
Frankly speaking, a good psychoanalyst would be soo much needed, both for the happy bride and for the unlucky catch. And for the reader too. This should be made a reading material for psychologists in training. The ill ...more
From the first few pages I knew I wouldn't like Ani. She was a complete bitch and a half. Honestly all she did was judge others and complain and it drove me insane. The passages about her when she was in school were a little bit better. She wasn't as awful when she was 14. She was young and naïve and she made mistakes but we all do when we are young. It was only towards the end that I started to dislike young TifAni too. ...more
The lingering affects of trauma...that is the theme of this novel. I could go into detail about the parallel storylines, the timeframes, and the relationship dynamics featured here, but it doesn't change the devastating portrait of a woman who grew up broken, unbelieved, invalidated, and judged. It's hard to heal under those circumstances, and the consequences sadly speak for themselves.
Jessica Knoll's debut novel, Luckiest Girl Alive is a character-driven novel that allows readers to get t ...more
After struggling to make it in the big city, after having snagged a gold ring of a handsome, moneyed fiancee and the gold ring of a status career, Ani is busy planning her wedding. ...more
I still hate the book and the characters. But I'm willing to admit that I was bitchy and did something that I normally don't do. And that is blaming the victim. Thank you for all the nice people who discussed the book in the comments area. Not everyone who disagrees with you is a troll. ♥
Wow, what a hot mess of a novel this was. I honestly considered abandoning ship 40 pages in because I just could not deal with TifAni FaNelli's insufferably shallow and materialistic The Devil Wears Prada privileged demeanor. There seemed no redeeming value whatsoever reading about this woman's life. I won't beleaguer the obvious point: why do they lure in readers with a front page quote from a YA author comparing Jessica Knoll to Gillian Flynn, when there's nothing remotely ...more
As a teenager, Ani was TifAni FaNelli (does the name make you grate your ...more
I liked both sid ...more
The saying 'Never Judge a Book by it's Cover' can really be applied here...
So try not to judge and do yourself a favor-order this book right now! (just read that Lionsgate just bought the rights to this and Reese Witherspoon's production company will be producing)
I couldn't put this book down! The author has a way of drawing you in with a strong side of sarcasm and wit that you never see what's coming next. You are ...more
Jessica Knoll is the author of the instant New York Times Bestseller, LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE. She has been a senior editor at Cosmopolitan, and the articles editor at SELF. She grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and graduated from The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in ...more