Wow. I just finished Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll, another debut novel, and I am speechless. This. Book. Was. AMAZING. Now I can talk all the amazingness of this book in my review but until you get your hands on it, nothing will do it justice. Not only that but you know if Reese Witherspoon is raving about it AND got producing rights then it’s obviously a must-read. Knoll a former Senior editor at Cosmopolitan and articles editor at Self, tells a story that is so twisting and addictive you better set a day aside, preferably at the beach with a glass of rose’, to fully immerse yourself in Luckiest Girl Alive.
LGA tells the story of TifAni “Ani” FaNelli. Ani works at Women’s Magazine while living in New York City. She is just around the corner from her wedding to Luke, a wall street guy who comes from a good, wealthy family. It’s a picture perfect setting, two career-driven individuals, living the city life and in love. But Ani has a dark past with many sharp turns going all the way back to her adolescence in Pennsylvania. The backdrop of her school, Bradley, plays a major role as things aren’t what they seem in upper class schools as status is everything when you are a teenager. Knoll ties in the glossy and shiny present day of Ani’s life with her unfortunate dark past at Bradley. Issues such as low self-esteem, rape, family troubles and peer pressure are what keep the pages turning in this story. The ebb and flow of the plot will have you guessing and flipping pages at a rapid pace and just when you think you have it, Knoll takes a hairpin turn.
I do not want to give too much away as to fully experience this book is to read it. I received a copy for review and was surprised to see a letter from the author sent out to reviewers about Ani. Knoll basically gave a disclaimer regarding the integrity and personality of Ani and to stick with her throughout the book. I read the letter, peaking my curiosity more, and could not agree more. I was questioning Ani’s character at the beginning and then was finding myself rooting for her in the end. She is complex. She is ruthless. She is also real and raw. She reminds me of the idea of never judging anyone at first glance as you do not know where they have been or what they have gone through. Fantastic read that will stick with me for awhile- Jess Knoll can not wait to see what you have for us next!
Reese Witherspoon’s Instagram post about LGA!