Luckiest Girl Alive was the novel selected for my book club The Hot Chicks Who Read. The book follows Ani FaNelli, a young women who writes sex articles for a Cosmopolitan-like magazine, while being decked out in the current fads, eating practically nothing so she’ll fit in that size 2. I would compare the authors writing style to the artist Andy Warhol’s paintings. The words flashed through my head as I read them, in day-glo pink, green and yellow. Pop Fiction at its very best.
The following synopsis is directly from the author’s website jessicaknoll.com.
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?
I may have mentioned in my previous blog The Hot Chicks dish on At the Waters Edge, my book club is filled with ladies whose ages have quite a wide range. This book, and the style it was written in, may not have appealed to everyone, but the one thing we all agreed on was that that twist was a complete shock! Completely unexpected! I promise! No spoilers below!
As this story unfolded, following Ani’s career and relationship with her fiancée, you thought, gosh, what an unlikeable character! Then the story would flip to Ani as a young teenager, and your eyes were opened to how the experiences that she faced as a young person, really did shape her into the adult she became. It was hard not to make comparisons to some of the choices each of us made in our youth. We were either very lucky nothing bad happened, or that we made the right choice that led us down a different path. We did see some growth from Ani, the woman we were introduced to at the beginning of the book was a different Ani than the one at the end of the book. “What did you think of Ani?” was the first question asked, and the resounding answer was, what a bitch! But like Ani’s character in the book, as we came to discuss the novel, our opinions changed. We agreed she made some decisions we weren’t comfortable with, but by the end of the book her eyes were opened and she put herself on a different path to a less self involved future. That growth was really a important factor on whether we liked the book or not. If she hadn’t changed, I think three quarters of us would not have liked it.
It was not an easy book to read. I mean, it was an easy read in that the pages flew by, but the subject matter was not for the faint of heart. However, in chapter twelve, the reader gets their HOLY CRAP! moment that beats any twist I’ve read, including Gone Girl’s.
Once you pick up this book, be prepared to read through the night, beginning to end.
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