Thursday, July 23, 2015

Book Club: Luckiest Girl Alive

Remember when summer reading was that thing you postponed until mid August, had an anxiety attack about, and ultimately resorted to read sparknotes on? Gone are the days when reading was a chore. I attribute my love of reading to a particularly debilitating bout of food poisoning in which I received the entire anthology of Gossip Girl. Oh the days before Netflix...

First up, Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. The story is about Ani (pronounced Ah-nee, because she's annoying) a magazine editor who is in the midst of planning her dream wedding to Luke, a blue blood from upstate, as she prepares to participate in a documentary on a traumatic event she endured in high school. 

Ani is initially far from an empathetic heronin, divulging her inner most thoughts on her superiority to other women. But as the reader gets to know her, and delve into her past, you begin to understand why she is the way she is. Growing up just outside Main Line Pennsylvania, when her mother gives her the opportunity to attend a prestigious prep school. TifAni (as she was referred to then) is the consummate outsider, who somehow manages to catch the attention of the two most popular girls (think Regina George and Grethchen) who decide to take her under their wing. Of course, in true Mean Girl fashion jealousy over male attention and acquiring the ultimate title of queen bee, a great deal of drama ensues.

The story goes back and forth between present day and high school and keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. It's much deeper, and juicer, than a standard chick-lit novel (it's more comparable to a Jodi Picoult story). It's especially enjoyable to anyone living in New York, because her perspective on life here is pretty spot on. 

Have you read Knoll's summer hit yet? If so, did you, along with Ani, opt to trade in your Jack Rogers? 

1 comment:

  1. Sounds juicy! I need a book for the beach this weekend - may have to pick this one up.


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