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When most people talk about finding "the One", they're referring to a person, the relationship they've always been waiting for. For me, it's a book that clicks with me from page one, one that I either read or think about constantly, the kind I attempt to read at stoplights or in the shower.Luckiest Girl Alive is "the one" (or at least one of "the ones")! Knoll's striking debut follows Ani, a woman who's the master of reinvention, and it goes back and forth between her troubled past and her picture-perfect present. Ani is spiteful, bitchy, and flawed--I was alternately repulsed and impressed, and always interested! I can't recommend it enough, so I'll just say this: if you enjoyed reading Gillian Flynn, Claire Messud, or Megan Abbott, you'll love Jessica Knoll!— LAUREN'S STAFF PICKS
May 2015 Indie Next List
“Ani FaNelli has worked hard to become the girl who succeeded. She has the right job, the right clothes, the right address, and even Mr. Right. It doesn't matter that it only works on the surface; the appearance is what will protect you when the truth comes out. Knoll has created a distinctly fierce and driven main character whose past is defined by a particularly modern kind of tragedy. The details are slowly revealed as Ani maneuvers her way up through the lingering trauma of this devastating teenage experience. I was caught up in an exciting mixture of suspicion, pity, and admiration for Ani, as Knoll explores whether that which does not kill us might make us stronger, and if the scars can ever fade away.”
— Kerry Spaulding (W), University Book Store, Mill Creek, WA
The New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller that Reese Witherspoon described as “one of those reads you just can’t put down,” explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and how one young woman uses her sharp edges and cutthroat ambition to hide a scandalous truth.
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 fiancé, 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. The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for or will it—at long last—set Ani free?
With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive is “nail-bitingly addictive…equal parts funny and twisted” (Glamour) and proves that the perfect life is often a perfect lie.
About the Author
Jessica Knoll is the New York Times bestselling author of Luckiest Girl Alive, which has been optioned for film by Lionsgate with Reese Witherspoon set to produce. She has been a senior editor at Cosmopolitan and the articles editor at Self. She grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and graduated from The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and her bulldog, Beatrice. The Favorite Sister is her second novel.