Luckiest Girl Alive

Luckiest Girl Alive

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Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will thrill at "the perfect page-turner to start your summer" ( People , Book of the Week): Luckiest Girl Alive -described by Reese Witherspoon as "one of those reads you just can't put down!"

" Loved Gone Girl ? We promise [ Luckiest Girl Alive is] just as addictive."
- Good Housekeeping

"Jessica Knoll introduces you to your new best frenemy, and you're going to love it. . . .Destined to become one of the summer's most gripping reads."

"With the cunning and verve of Gillian Flynn but an intensity all its own, Luckiest Girl Alive is a debut you won't want to miss."
-Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me and The Fever

" Luckiest Girl Alive is Gone Girl meets Cosmo meets Sex and the City . . . . Knoll hits it out of the park."
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram


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 else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.

With a singular voice and twists you won't see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to "have it all" and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that's bigger than it first appears.

The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for-or, will it at long last, set Ani free?
Publisher: 2015.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476789637
Branch Call Number: BOOK CLUB LUCKIEST
Characteristics: 10 books (341 pages), 1 discussion guide, 1 bag.


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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 hor... Read More »

What happens when sudden and unexpected flashbacks threaten a woman's seemingly perfect life? Luckiest Girl Alive is a debut novel packed with suspense and secrets that will keep your club members turning pages late into the night.

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May 08, 2019

It took me a bit to get into the main character. But she was worth it, as I completely understood her as her “story” developed. This book surprised me, I didn’t see what was coming and it stuck with me for a while.

Mar 05, 2019

At first didn’t love Ani, a bit superficial but mid way through the book it took and unexpected turn then I couldn’t put the book down.

IndyPL_EmilieL Feb 25, 2019

I read this for a book club, and it definitely got my group talking!
The jacket summary doesn't give any insight into how dark the book gets, so readers beware. This isn't a light read. That being said, I feel it's an interesting take on the damaging effects of childhood trauma. In fact, it's impressive that the main character is outwardly functional at all. Perhaps it's the intensity with which she pursues her goal of "the perfect life" that has held her together for so long. TifAni isn't someone I liked at the beginning, but I don't think we're supposed to. She's not a heroine. She's a flawed human just like any of us.

This book was difficult to start, but by the end I was up until 2 A.M. on a work night because I *had* to know what happened next.

Oct 10, 2018

Started but didn’t finish...

Aug 31, 2018

If you like self centered people who only care about themselves, this is the girl for you. By the time we got to her sad back story I didnt care. A lot of people have tragic pasts and can still see the needs of others. This girl ain't one of them. Her back story was exactly like another book I read (detail for detail) but can't place it. That'll drive me crazy!!.

Aug 25, 2018

I thought about this book for a good amount of time after finishing it. It's definitely not what I was expecting -- I began reading thinking it was a typical fluff story about a young woman who is about to marry into a rich family. It was unexpected, but there was definitely way more to the story than that. It was dark, sad, and upsetting at many times. The ending wasn't exactly what I was hoping for, but I think it does an okay job of finishing off the story. An easy read that leaves an impact.

Aug 12, 2018

I had a hard time getting into this book. The main character was not my favorite , and at times I honestly couldn’t stand her. After you read further and learn about her past, her family, and school it all adds up to why she is the way she is. I couldn’t put the book down! It gets EXTREMELY dark in some chapters so if you’re looking for a light, happy read.. this book isn’t for you! The main character becomes much more relatable as the book goes on and it has a great ending.

Jul 26, 2018

So I came upon this book because it was recommended by one of The View co hosts.. stating this was a chick lit and for those that wanted a lighter read than a political book. When I hear the term chick lit.. I'm thinking Sex and the City, Bridget Jones Diary, even Confessions of Shopahlic... books about fun, romance and a serious tint mixed in. This book didn't have any of that, it was a very dark book.

I think had the co host on the View explained that this was a darker book and not for those wanting a light hearted read, I might have come to this book with a different mindset. With that said, it does capture the awkwardness of trying to fit in, trying to keep up with the Joneses, and also showing that sometimes the past comes back to haunt us when we try our best to out run it.

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.

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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