No October TBR list is complete if there isn’t a thriller book included. This book happens to be on my October tbr, and I am glad to announce that I have officially ticked it off the list.
Unfortunately, this review will be slightly shorter than my usual reviews. I really wanted to like this book, however I found myself skimming through the pages to the point where I considered DNF-ing (“Did Not Finish”) the book. By some miracle I managed to finish the book and as always I promised that I would be honest about every single book I review, and I’ll be honest about my ratings.
So now it is time for my short, and straight-to-the-point book review for ‘Luckiest Girl Alive’ by Jessica Knoll.
Luckiest Girl Alive
HER PERFECT LIFE IS A PERFECT LIE.
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?
Note: I would advise to check the trigger warnings for this book before reading, jus in case. This book does mention rape and eating disorders.
Let’s start off with things that I did like:
1.) The writing. The writing in this arguable the only reason why I managed to finish this book. I really enjoyed the way the writing is almost poetic at some point— the perfect mix of descriptive language as well as straight to the point writing.
2.) Probably my favourite parts of this book were the flashback chapters where we see glimpses into Ani’s life in college. They were pretty fun chapters, in my opinion.
3.) The main character. I kind of liked TifAni “Ani” as a character— she’s headstrong and blunt and has no apologies about it. She’s an interestingly complex character, and one that I had not come across in any books of this particular genre.
Things I did not like:
1.) The main character. As much as I said I enjoyed Ani’s personality, she can be pretty dull at times, and pretty one dimensional. Like how she claims one of her redeeming qualities is the fact that she likes to do “weird things in bed”. Okay and?
I felt no connection to her as a character, which affected my reading experience because the main plot of the book is based on Ani and her revenge for what she went through— if I didn’t care for her, I wouldn’t care for the revenge part (spoiler: I didn’t.) which is the whole point of the book. She gained no sympathy from me.
2.) I didn’t really like how they dealt with the main issues in this book. I feel like with how sensitive the issues were, it seemed like the resolution bore no impact to the overall problem, and to me as a reader. The ending felt way too rushed, and then the book ended. The end.
3.) Lots of sex talk. I don’t know if the author included the abundance sex talk just to be qwirky or to give the main character an entire personality based on this.
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