I’ve just finished reading “Luckiest Girl Alive” by Jessica Knoll. Here is my book review!
As you know, I loved the book “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn (here is my review of that one in case you missed it!). “Luckiest Girl Alive” by Jessica Knoll is along the same lines.
It’s about Ani FaNelli who seems to have it all. She has a gorgeous, rich fiance (I imagine him as being gorgeous) and she has a great job as an editor at a glamorous women’s magazine.
Ani is full swing in wedding planning mode when she is approached by a documentary producer and asked to tell her side of some events that happened at her school during her high school years. This opens a can of worms for Ani. She has been fighting hard to push these events aside and enjoy her transformed life.
As Ani’s story unfolds, more and more twists and turns are revealed, as well as more struggles she has had to conquer along the way. At the age of fourteen, Ani was gang raped. This created great confusion for her at the time, as she struggled to make sense of it and taunted about it by her peers. More trouble ensued after this, with a final major incident occurring at school that would change her life and destroy others for ever.
The documentary forces Ani to revisit the incidents from her past, as well as the people. She discovers more about herself and the life she really wants and deserves during this time.
“Luckiest Girl Alive” is written from Ani’s perspective and gives great insight into her personality. To me, Ani is quite funny and I can relate to some of her quirky feelings, although, there were parts of this book that made me feel very uncomfortable.
Only after reading this book, did I discover that the author, Jessica Knoll, was able to draw on her own experiences of being gang raped as a teenager and being bullied by classmates. I am very upset for her as this book really delves into the affects of such abuse and how she never fully heals.
I think you have to be a bit tough to read “Luckiest Girl Alive” by Jessica Knoll. It had me hooked and I couldn’t put it down, but it’s not for everyone. Only read it if you loved “Gone Girl” or “Girl on a Train”. AND it’s definitely not one for the kids. It’s adults only.