Book: Luckiest Girl Alive
Author: Jessica Knoll
Plot: 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?
Rating: 3 /5 stars
Even before it had hit the stores, the hype around the book was huge and why shouldn’t it be because Jessica Knoll, the author, was a prominent figure as she had been a Senior editor at none other than “THE COSMOPOLITIAN” and her SELF section articles were also a reason to believe that her first book would be nothing less to an explosive.
The book “The Luckiest Girl Alive” is a story, very peculiar in its treatment and in my opinion the strongest point of the book would have been the unconventional central character as the character in concern is very mystique and runs in various layers. This makes it easier for a varied range of readers to connect with the book. The only trouble is the loud mouth of the character or we could rather say an unorganized and uncategorized narration of the book.
Luckiest Girl Alive is a story that is told in running. The book opens in the present and the author takes us through the background through the flashbacks and giving us the glimpses of the incidents and events that lead us to the events in presents. The book has very less events and more of inner monologues of the character. The narration is a bit choppy because of the additional descriptions and halt in the flow of the story to do so.
The book deals with an extremely powerful subject. One that would hit at the right nerves with its audience but unfortunately, the author was unsuccessful at organizing what she should retain in the book and what she should have left in the discarded pile because the book travels through a whole lot of things that the author has in her minds and the author has simply written everything that was running through her head into the book, without analyzing whether it is relevant to the ongoing track or scene or in general with the book
Perhaps the reason what irate me about the book is the fact that a powerful subject didn’t get the voice it needed because of the unnecessary ramblings. What you will find in the book is the fact that the author simply keeps talking and the inner monologues running even in middle of extremely important scenes and because the focus was on these inner monologues, you barely are able to learn the true nature of the events and the story that is happening. The book ends up just being a diary entry about a teenage girl fretting on everything from clothes, jewellery, trees, bees, anything but the main purpose of the book.
The book would have been something else if a little bit more precaution was taken on removing unnecessary and irrelevant ramblings from the final book.