Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

**I was sent this book to review for an honest review**

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Goodreads blurb…

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?

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Review//ideas

 I feel like it is imperative for books like this to be taught in school because children and even young adults need to learn that any thing that is not consented is rape. Most importantly everyone can learn from this book; parents can glimpse into the minds of their children while gaining an understanding  of the situation and  teenagers can learn that its not their fault and/or how to seek help if it happens to them.

After devouring the book within one sitting, I followed Jessica Knoll on Twitter and searched online for more information on the book and its author. I am quite weird when I absolutely love something, I cannot just be like ‘ah, cool…I like that’ and become a crazy person, whom seeks more knowlegde as to why I like it.  So, after a while I found an article over on Lenny  written by Jessica Knoll, titled what I know and it is heartbreaking. If you have read the book, go and check the essay out and if not, please do save it and read it after because it adds another level of emotion to the novel.

Ani reminded me a little bit of Amy Dunne from Gone Girl…obviously Ani has more of a reason to be manipulative but both characters are soo eager to please society in order to approval. They also both have me loving and hating them….I just really appreciate a good strong female protagonist.

Another aspect of this book that I thoroughly enjoyed was the fact that every chapter shifted from the past to the present depiction of Ani’s life.  With every chapter came knowledge of why present Ani acted so guarded and stone cold.  This also made the book really easy to read because I was really eager to learn more.

I don’t know if this is because I am overthinking it or the fact that I am an English Literature student but I really liked the link between TifAni FaNelli’s name and her broken character. Let me explain a little…so, at the beginning we met Ani who due to other peoples actions ,broke as a person. To dissociate herself with her childhood, she drops the ‘Tif’ part of her name… I saw this as a visual representation of how when people are abused, they lose a part of themselves and I loved it! As, the book unfolds and the reader learns more about Ani//TifAni, she learns to accept her situation and gains the closure she longed for – resulting in her concluding the book as ‘TifAni’. I rambled, I am sorry. Do you get where I was going with that?

In conclusion, I did enjoy this book and don’t fully understand why it is getting soo much hate but I also felt like something was missing. Just something small… maybe they way it ended. Anyone else agree? I also wanted her to sleep with her teacher, hahaha am I a horrible person?  But, ultimately I enjoyed it.

 

4 out of 5 stars ****

 

 

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