Jessica Knoll’s debut novel, Luckiest Girl Alive, is already drawing comparisons to Gone Girl; We know, we know… you’ve heard that before.
But hear us out.
Ani FaNelli is the ultimate “cool girl” unreliable narrator: dream job, gorgeous fiancé, apartment in Tribeca, summers on Nantucket. But Ani’s life isn’t what it seems. The perfectly un-coiffed hair, makeup meticulously applied to look as if she isn’t wearing any, clothing borrowed from the fashion closet at work--it’s all painstakingly staged to hide a tragic and terrifying history.
As readers move between Ani’s current life in Manhattan and her high school days navigating the treacherous hallways at Bradley, an elite private school in Pennsylvania, the shocking truth is slowly revealed and a nuanced character emerges: Twenty-nine-year-old Ani has a serious attitude problem and a barbed-wire tongue, but her 14-year-old self wants nothing more than to fit in.
Ready to buy it for your beach vacation? (And devour the whole thing before you even start packing?) One word of warning: Do not go near the acknowledgments. There’s a major spoiler!