The luckiest girl alive by Jessica Knoll
I picked this title off of Bridges for an easy read. I thought it would be standard light fluffy “chick lit” and would be easy mindless reading. Boy was I wrong!
Ani is the narrator and she is getting married to a seemingly perfect hunk. Then the story is told through flashbacks that delve into her turbulent teen years. She starts a new high school and tries so hard to fit in with the popular kids. She makes some foolish and downright dangerous decisions that alter her life forever. Her mom is portrayed as a clueless and narcissistic social climber. Her dad is there, but not there in Ani’s life.
The characters in this story are not good people! Everyone is flawed. Ani is probably the most flawed of all. The book begins to discuss an “event” from her high school. I found myself staying up late, avoiding conversations, and frantically reading to get to the “event” and find out what was going on.
The climax of the story seems horribly realistic. The author Jessica Knoll is able to put the reader right in the middle of the chaos. The story is satisfying and twists and turns to a finale.
Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will enjoy this story and the main protagonist. I will definitely read all of Jessica Knoll’s books in the future. Her debut novel is a stunner. I recommend it to anyone who struggled to be “popular” in high school! I ordered a copy for the library, so readers can find it online at Bridges or on the shelf at the Drake Library.
Other new titles on the Drake Library shelves include:
Dance of the Bones by JA Jance
Good Girl by Mary Kubica
Driving Heat by Richard Castle
Dishing the dirt by MC Beaton
Gilded life of Matilda Duplaine by Alex Brunkhorst
The Drowning by Camilla Lackberg
Corridors of the Night by Anne Perry
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling