Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica KnollHER 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 fiance, 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 thats 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?
Terrible Book Club 41 // Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll *Patron's Choice*
Luckiest Girl Alive
As Ani prepared for the documentary and relived the trauma of her freshman year of high school, she began to realize some parts of her life were not best for her even though they seemed perfect on the surface. Themes in the novel include the belief that protection can be found in success, the connection between food and emotions, and the devastating nature of invisible,emotional wounds. Ani, the novel's main character and narrator, tells about personal experiences at The Bradley School in the fall of her freshman year, the events leading up to her marriage to Luke Harrison, and her participation in a documentary about the school. These intertwining stories are told in the past tense. There are a few scattered places in the novel where the tense switches from past to present tense for Ani to give the reader insight into certain aspects of her life from her vantage point after the events described in the novel were finished. As a new student at the affluent Bradley School, Ani wanted to be part of the popular crowd. When she was invited to a party by Dean, an older boy who was on the soccer team, she thought her dream was coming true.
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In Chapter 1, Ani FaNelli shopped for silverware with a man soon to be her husband. She imagined herself stabbing him in the stomach with a knife at which they were looking. After they finished shopping Ani suggested they go to get pizza. Ani and Luke had been together for four years. He was involved in sports and moved constantly.
However Ani also hides a secret — as a teenager she underwent a series of horrifying and emotionally crippling events, including a school shooting , that have continued to impact her well into her adult years. During the course of the novel, it is revealed that Ani was gang raped when she was She tries reaching out for help after the rape, but she is instead subjected to cruel bullying and taunts by her peers, who do not believe that she was assaulted. As the story progresses Ani begins to question whether or not she is truly happy with who she has become and whether or not this life is truly the one she wants and needs. While writing the novel Knoll drew upon her own experiences of being gang raped as a teenager and being bullied by classmates. Knoll later stated in an interview that she "was so conditioned not to talk about it that it didn't even occur to [her] to be forthcoming". Critical reception has been positive.
I'm so excited to hear that you enjoyed this one, Christina!! I think Knoll's writing is fantastic; she makes us fall in love with a character that we might otherwise gossip about behind her back - ha! I also love that you had a personal connection to this story, through its setting; I can't believe you know Peace of Pizza!! I want to visit now. Thanks for the recommendation, Tara! After I read your review and saw Reese Witherspoon's endorsement, I knew I had to check this one out, especially since it takes place where I live! And yes to Peace of Pizza