Book Review: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll


Publication date: 5th of April, 2016

Published by: Simon & Schuster

Pages: 368

ISBN: 1476789649


Source: Printed Gift Copy


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?


I had this book for some time now but I never got the chance to stay and read it until a few days ago. Now I almost regret spending time reading it. I did not like it so much and I struggled to finish it. Ani is absolutely annoying. She picks on everyone’s look so often that I start rolling my eyes towards the ending (and now my eyes hurt – haha). At first, it was funny but once she kept doing it as if us (the readers) care that much about their expensive clothes, bags, or shoes, it started to be absolutely disappointing. It’s as if the writer filled pages with useless words in order to have the book ready by the deadline. Which gets me to the ending which I felt that it was rushed (I won’t say more as I do not want to be a spoiler on this one, but it wasn’t as complex as I am used to, or it didn’t answer to all of my questions). 

Another point I hated about this book was that it was sold with a blurb (which I read only after I have finished the book) saying that the Gone Girl fans will love it. I couldn’t finish the Gone Girl novel as I’ve found it boring at times. If I have read the blurb earlier, I could have known what to expect and (probably) the book would have still been on the UNREAD pile. But I do not regret it because now I can say that The Luckiest Girl Alive is nothing like Gone Girl. It deals with such important life events, events that mark people forever, however, Jessica Knoll seems to be more preoccupied with gossips, appearance, and with what people think, than dealing with those events. A rape seems less important than a fake handbag or shirt. This is a point that left me quite disappointed.

On the bright side, the only thing that kept me reading the book was that I wanted to know what will happen with Ani and, also, the way the story was written as if I was reading someone’s messy diary.

I felt that the book was selling a fake sort of life. How to dress so you’ll impress to a level that would get you on the top’s priorities, how not to eat in order to be the skinniest in your group, and how to treat people – emotionless. Ani did not show any sort of real emotion and that’s not something a prime character should be. At least not one that is picturing a story as this novel is.

Before I give the rating I want to say that I did not like this book but that doesn’t mean that you won’t like it. This might be the book that you won’t be able to put down until you’ve finished it.

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4 thoughts on “Book Review: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

  1. I did like the book but I agree with you on all points. Vanity is supposed to be Ani’s characteristic, but I feel that it could have been a little bit better written so that the book itself doesn’t feel shallow.

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