Book Review: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessical Knoll

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genre(s): New adult; fiction; mystery/thriller

Plot: [From Goodreads] 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?


  • The narrative style was quirky and moody, even if the main character was boring (I’ll get to that)


  • The way that this book addressed rape and eating disorders was just all wrong
  • It wasn’t memorable; I had to go back and read my notes because I actually couldn’t remember much of the book
  • This book was advertised as “the next Gone Girl” and it was so far from that, that words cannot even express how not Gillian Flynn this book is
  • Ani is a socialite wannabe with absolutely no depth whatsoever
  • I had to wait until the last like quarter of the book for any amount of plot to appear from the depths and drag me through the rest of the book

Favorite Quotes: 

  • “Moving on doesn’t mean you don’t talk about it. Or hurt about it. It’s always going to hurt.”
  • “By the end of it all I just assumed no one ever told the truth, and that was when I started lying too.”

My Thoughts: This book was mediocre at best. It was advertised at “the next Gone Girl“, and as I stated above, it was not. Maybe other readers might see it differently, but I could not stand it.


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