A review by Danielle.
Ani FaNelli has everything, anyone looking at her life from the outside would see only the most sparkling life a young woman could have. A great job at a prestigious women’s magazine in New York and a blue blood, devastatingly gorgeous fiancé who adores her. Not to mention Ani is gorgeous and thin. Like a pretty picture, there is always more to the story. As a teenager, Ani endured a series of humiliating events at her private prep school that were so emotionally jarring that Ani went on to erase who she used to be. She has crafted herself the perfect life she always wanted, moving everyone around her into place like an expert chess player. Ani’s efforts are about to be fulfilled when she marries Luke and inherits all the perks that come with the powerful world of old money and upper east side socialites. Including the protections, reputation, secrecy, and above all else respect. Ani has a dark past though and as the memories of that past come up to the surface for a documentary Ani is participating in, the closer Ani comes to losing everything she spent the last ten years working so hard for. Will Ani’s past destroy her future or can she come out of everything unscathed for once in her life?
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll caused me to experience one of the strongest reactions I have ever had while reading a book. I was disgusted, revolted and nauseous but then on the other hand I was intrigued, impressed, entertained and riveted by the big reveal of not one but two huge twists. At first Ani seems like an awful monster who is nothing more than a social climbing selfish manipulative bitch, but as the story unfolds you see what events lead to her behavior. While Ani is rough around the edges, it’s actually everyone else around her that is cold and callous to the bone. The writing style really causes the reader to tap into their own dark side and draws up feelings we often think and then immediately feel ashamed for feeling. It’s interesting to read a story where you go back and forth so often between loving and hating the main character. There are some extremely disturbing scenes in The Luckiest Girl Alive, though. I honestly had to take a break several times from reading for my own mental well being. The subject matter is extremely taboo and while I am horrified and disgusted with the vivid detail I do appreciate an author that has the nerve to open up a dialogue about such severely hush hush topics in our culture. This book is not for everyone and I can see how many would stop and put it down, but if you can make it to the end, believe me it is worth it.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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