Luckiest Girl Alive

Luckiest Girl Alive

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In a riveting debut novel that reads like part Emily Giffin, part Gillian Flynn, 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 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...
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781442380530

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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.

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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jachayden
Aug 05, 2016

Glorifies mass shootings and school shootings. The message is, "as long as the prissy little brat survives but kind of sort has issues with it later in life, it's okay." Main character is highly unlikeable, and justifies her complete disregard for the lives and feelings of all others by claiming her mother, who bent over backwards for her, her fiancé, who bends over backwards for her, and the school outcast, who did everything to make her feel included and she ends up killing, were all terrible and out to get her. Can't stand a book that justifies a mass shooting in days like these. The book is essentially about a tv show talking about some event that happened some time ago (you don't learn until near the end that it was a school shooting, more or less caused by the main character) and the main character was involved so the book is all about her vainly trying to make herself look as though she was so tragically damaged by the event but so strong to become successful and married despite it. In reality the event was really based around her selfish actions, which continue into the present as she steals, lies, binges and purges, and tries to sleep with her married professor (again) right before her own wedding, which she then cancels the night before it is to take place.

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ZeePinkBanter
Jul 12, 2016

I only finished this book because I don't like to quit things that I have already started. It was painful to finish. Reading this book was like eating ramen without adding the flavor packet.

The reference to Gillian Flynn is out of line.

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swayes01
Jul 03, 2016

Maybe it had something to do with the fact that I'd just finished a really good book and started this one too soon after. Maybe it was the reference to Gillian Flynn that grabbed my attention (like the comments from other reviewers) and captured my expectations. Maybe you should put this one back on the shelf. After only a page and a half, I already had my doubts. I kept on though..but only through about 80 more pages. My advice. Watch reruns of "Sex and the City" and save your reading time for something much more deserving. P.S. The Gillian Flynn reference is a lie.

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40parachute
Jun 02, 2016

I did not expect to like this book one iota when I started reading it. I thought..."Bummer... this is written for a much younger age group as it's about teenagers". (I'm in my 60's) however... I was delightfully surprised at the way the storyline took me in and the twisty surprises... there are some good ones for sure! Jessica Knoll surprised me indeed - she did a good job with this book and I'd probably read another novel by her, if she writes one as surprising and mysterious as this one was. She definitely takes you into the mind and dialogue of a teenager.

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