Book Review | LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE by Jessica Knoll

5/5 stars

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.(c) goodreads

Thank you to Simon and Schuster and Netgalley for providing me an ARC of this novel!

Let me say that I was very pleasantly surprised by this novel. Based on the synopsis, I went into it expecting a very different outcome. Also, with the cover, I definitely didn’t prepare for the suspense and mystery this book contained. If you’re turned off by the cover and feel like you won’t enjoy this novel because of the synopsis, go pick up the book. It’s amazing, and I’m going to tell you why.

First of all, the writing style was so captivating. There were many flashbacks, where Ani, our main girl, went back and relived her moments in high school. Knoll was able to seamlessly weave these scenes together, and manage to keep the back and forth very smooth and understandable.

I loved how intricate Ani was made. I feel like it actually represents how a lot of people think and act. The way she had a different face for different kinds of people was relateable, and I knew where she was coming from. Manipulating the way Ani saw people, we were able to glean several different traits and qualities of other characters as well, which just made it even easier for the reader to get absorbed into the story.

The story starts off almost casual, and as you get further along, you realize how twisted everything is, and all the secrets Ani has. As you gain more knowledge about Ani and the incident, everything starts to make sense, and you begin to notice things that you wouldn’t have earlier in the book.

Overall, I very much enjoyed this novel, and I recommend it to anyone who wants a Gone Girl-esque novel, with secrets and suspense hidden behind plastic faces.

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