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Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel (edició 2016)

de Jessica Knoll (Autor)

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"In a riveting debut novel that reads like Prep meets Gone Girl, a young woman is determined to create the perfect life--husband, home, and career--until a violent incident from her past threatens to unravel everything and expose her most shocking secret of all. Twenty-eight-year-old New Yorker Ani FaNelli seems to have it all: she's a rising star at The Women's Magazine, impossibly fit, perfectly groomed, and about to marry Luke Harrison, a handsome blueblood. But behind that veneer of perfection lies a vulnerability that Ani holds close and buries deep--a very violent and public trauma from her past that has left her constantly trying to reinvent herself. And only she knows how far she would go to keep her secrets safe. When a documentary producer invites Ani to tell her side of the chilling incident that took place when she was a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, she hopes it will be an opportunity for public vindication. Armed with the trappings of success--expensive clothes, high-powered byline, a massive engagement ring--she is determined to silence the whispers of suspicion and blame from her past, and prove once and for all how far she's come since Bradley. She'll even let them film her lavish wedding on Nantucket, the final step in her transformation. But perfection doesn't come without cost. As the wedding and filming converge, Ani's meticulously crafted facade begins to buckle and crack--until an explosive revelation offers her a final chance at redemption, even as it rocks her picture-perfect world. Equal parts glitz and darkness, and with a singular voice and twisting plot, Luckiest Girl Alive reads like Sex & the City--if Carrie Bradshaw had a closet full of skeletons instead of shoes. In Ani FaNelli, Jessica Knoll has created a complex and vulnerable heroine who you'll be rooting for to the very last page"--"This riveting debut novel follows a young woman striving to create the perfect life-- husband, home, career-- until a violent incident from her past threatens to unravel everything and expose her most shocking secret of all"--… (més)
Membre:dpappas
Títol:Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel
Autors:Jessica Knoll (Autor)
Informació:Simon & Schuster (2016), Edition: Reprint, 368 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:***1/2
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The most appropriate word I can think of to describe the main character, who narrates LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE, is "bitch." At least I thought so at first and beyond the 50-page mark, when I usually give up on a book that hasn't grabbed me by then. I even checked others' reviews of the book at this point to see if they agreed with me that reading about a bitch gets tiresome. And most did. But I kept reading anyway because it is a movie now on Netflix. And I'm so glad I did.

It seems that Ani (as in TifAni) has an attitude problem. She doesn't seem to like anyone, including her fiancé. But he is her achievement, with a good name and lots of money. You may be tempted, as I was, to quit reading a book that seems to be about Ani's incessant bitchiness. But don't.

I didn't get it. Ani DOES have an attitude problem, but why? How did she come to be that way? She has achieved everything she wanted, so what's the problem? I came to understand, so get through the description of what it seems she turned into.

LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE is an excellent book. It's too bad, then, that I can rate it only three stars. The beginning, the look at the bitch that Ani has turned into, goes on and on for too long. A lot of it should have been edited out because it turns off too many readers. All they will ever know of this book is that Ani is a bitch. ( )
  techeditor | Nov 1, 2022 |
Ani FaNelli is trying to make her mark in the world. She's got a decent writing job in NYC with the potential to move up to bigger things, she's got a rich fiance, and she's become good at keeping that extra weight off, flashing an attractive exterior. She's trying to put her past behind her -- a past where she attended a private school but where some bad things happened. She's become accustomed to keeping some secrets buried, but she's also committed herself to telling some of that history in a documentary about her old school. But she's got to walk the line, trying to find a balance between what to keep to herself and what to let the public know, all while trying to keep her reinvented self and cool exterior intact.

Reviews seem to be all over the place with this one, and I can see why. The writing was fine. I don't really have complaints about that. But oh, trying to find a likable character in this story was a challenge. I mostly loathed the main character for the majority of the story. She was self-absorbed and superficial and just kept making the same stupid mistakes. And I get it. She was purposefully written that way, but it didn't make it any easier to take. There are lots of triggers in this book, and while they didn't bother me, they might bother some readers. But I guess the whole thing was one of those train-wreck stories. I pretty much had to keep going to see how it was going to end. And there's a film adaptation coming out very soon on Netflix starring Mila Kunis, so my curiosity will undoubtedly pull me into that. ( )
  indygo88 | Oct 1, 2022 |
DNF; Too Slow; Nothing was happening ( )
  SimplyKelina | Sep 21, 2022 |
Spoilers. When I first read this, I delighted in the vivid descriptions of wealthy lifestyles and the fact that the heroine said whatever was on her mind. I was so, so excited to read about someone short and fat, like me. Almost my exact height (I'm an inch shorter) and weight (I was twenty pounds overweight in high school and gained it back a few years ago). As the book progressed, my feelings were mixed. I was glad to return it to the library. Now, I wanted to read it again to learn if my opinions had changed. They had. Neither the dust jacket nor the library of congress inside page explains that there's rape in this book, let alone three times. I am deeply unhappy with such deliberate, malicious omission.

Everyone in this book is an asshole, except maybe Nell. This is nothing but 300+ pages of victim-blaming, sexism, homophobia, racism, being super judgmental of people who aren't 1%, and massive, massive fat-shaming. The narrator is a deeply bitter woman who fulfills terrible stereotypes about fat women. She's a gold digger who clearly hates her life and other rich people, yet claims to love it and her old-money fiance. She has always hated her mother and owns up to this, though. Her dad is in the book so rarely that he should have just been cut. She refers to herself using racist and sexist terms. Why on earth is she kinky and over-sexualized as an adult? What was the author hoping to--oh, the "only damaged people are into being hit really hard during sex."

On second read, this honestly seems like a disjointed revenge fantasy on the part of the author. Horrible trauma as a teen, fiance is a jerk about it. But she reunites with a hot teacher who flirts with her and kisses her, despite the author insisting he's happily married. In the final chapter, it's revealed that her stereotypically gay (but he's maaaasively fat so it's okaaay) shoots nine people, three of them her rapists and the rest of them popular girls who ostracized her for being raped three times. The narrator had brief but violent fantasies about it before and after the actual shooting, so. Aaaand she stabs her friend, the active shooter, to death so she can be the fucking hero. And she's short and fat but considered hot? I just--what. When I first read this, I must have been starved for that narrative. It's unrealistic. Now, though, I learned that people have been calling me fat my whole adult life. I thought "petite" was a clothing size, but no, fat. Okay. (sighs) I fully admit to grabbing a tape measure I got as a strange gift, and measured my hips because the author would not shut up about hip size, leg muscles and clothing size and blah blah blah. Um, the tape measure didn't uh, get it all. I would never, ever fit into her tiny little judgmental world due to my bone structure. Worst of all, I got really worried that all rich people are like this. I was invited to be part of a wedding next year. When I finally finished this trash of a novel, I was super close to calling in the middle of the night to say that I wasn't gonna be in it but would watch from the audience...because the narrator was so mean to people like me. Every part of me, she attacked. I didn't make the call and reminded myself to wait until next year, if I really don't want to be in the wedding. So, this book really upset and enraged me. At least I know my opinion radically changed. I was the absolute opposite target audience for this book, and it's sooo cool to be reminded that people are judging me for my genetics and grinding poverty. It struck a nerve or few. ( )
1 vota iszevthere | Jun 25, 2022 |
I had a hard time getting into this story but it finally came together in the end. Sad story. I think it was more of her writing style that was slowing me down, lots of characters who came and went, and I just wasn't sure what was going to happen. ( )
  BarbF410 | May 22, 2022 |
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"In a riveting debut novel that reads like Prep meets Gone Girl, a young woman is determined to create the perfect life--husband, home, and career--until a violent incident from her past threatens to unravel everything and expose her most shocking secret of all. Twenty-eight-year-old New Yorker Ani FaNelli seems to have it all: she's a rising star at The Women's Magazine, impossibly fit, perfectly groomed, and about to marry Luke Harrison, a handsome blueblood. But behind that veneer of perfection lies a vulnerability that Ani holds close and buries deep--a very violent and public trauma from her past that has left her constantly trying to reinvent herself. And only she knows how far she would go to keep her secrets safe. When a documentary producer invites Ani to tell her side of the chilling incident that took place when she was a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, she hopes it will be an opportunity for public vindication. Armed with the trappings of success--expensive clothes, high-powered byline, a massive engagement ring--she is determined to silence the whispers of suspicion and blame from her past, and prove once and for all how far she's come since Bradley. She'll even let them film her lavish wedding on Nantucket, the final step in her transformation. But perfection doesn't come without cost. As the wedding and filming converge, Ani's meticulously crafted facade begins to buckle and crack--until an explosive revelation offers her a final chance at redemption, even as it rocks her picture-perfect world. Equal parts glitz and darkness, and with a singular voice and twisting plot, Luckiest Girl Alive reads like Sex & the City--if Carrie Bradshaw had a closet full of skeletons instead of shoes. In Ani FaNelli, Jessica Knoll has created a complex and vulnerable heroine who you'll be rooting for to the very last page"--"This riveting debut novel follows a young woman striving to create the perfect life-- husband, home, career-- until a violent incident from her past threatens to unravel everything and expose her most shocking secret of all"--

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