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Publisher's Summary

Her Perfect Life
Is a Perfect Lie
Ani FaNelli seems to have it all: a glamorous job at a glossy magazine, an enviable figure with the wardrobe to match, and a handsome fiancé from a distinguished blue-blood family. But Ani FaNelli is an invention, that veneer of perfection carefully assembled in an attempt to distance herself from a shocking, sordid past.
As her wedding draws near, a documentary producer invites Ani to speak about the chilling incident that took place when she was a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School. Determined once and for all to silence the whispers of suspicion and blame, Ani must weigh her options carefully, when telling the whole truth could destroy the picture-perfect life she's worked so hard to create.
With a singular voice and a twist you won't see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the deep-seated desire to fit in and the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to "have it all". Ani FaNelli is a complex and vulnerable heroine - one whose sharp edges protect a truth that will move, scandalize, and surprise you.
©2015 Jessica Knoll (P)2015 Simon & Schuster
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5 out of 5 stars
By C. S. on 07-19-15

Excellent & Real

Ani FaNelli's has it all; great job, rich fiancé, beauty, and brains. Yet her life feels empty. In the beginning you will want to judge our heroine. She appears shallow, raunchy, and irreverent and she is to some extent, but you would be too if you had lived the life she has lived, suffered the pain she has felt. Yet, as so often happens when we take the time to know someone, I began to sympathize with her, then I began to care, finally I came to root her on and hope she would succeed in her quest because I knew how she became the person she was and I wanted to see her recover from the tragedy that is her life.

This book is real and relevant in the most important ways. It rips raw the terrible issues of our time - police treating victims like criminals, rape, why the rich vote republican, and school shootings.

Jessica Knoll reveals how empty and meaningless a life in pursuit of sex and wealth can be, how it is a hiding place for those afraid to face the realities of their lives.

Madeleine Maby does a great job narrating.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Candice on 12-06-15

Strange, unnerving, confusing.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This book is neither really good nor really bad. If I were asked whether one should spend a valuable credit on "Luckiest Girl Alive," I would not recommend it. I think there are many more compelling and thoughtful books in this genre.
Nothing wrong with the narration! The reader was good.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Confused. To start, the main character was great. I loved her acerbic, sarcastic and jaded views about people: her friends, her boss, her fiancé. Some of the scenes as narrated with her voice and reactions were laugh out loud funny in a good way- she's like able because she's so UN-like able, and I didn't mind that. But by the end, she's a sentimental, emotional girl, no longer independent, dying to fit herself into societal norms for a young woman, and frankly I preferred the intelligent and mean spirited career girl. The end was disappointing.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where a college grad did an "informational interview" with our heroine- the observations of the situation and its inherent fakeness were brilliant and relatable to me.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe, in hopes it would do some justice to the message I believe the author was trying to send.

Any additional comments?

I should have loved this book, by all accounts and going by my reading history. But the story went from entertaining and interesting, to sort of trite and dull. It seems like the author was really trying to address too many 'straight out of the headlines' current affairs. However, regrettably falls short- I think it may have been better if the book focused more deeply on a couple themes instead of skimming over about six, from teenage violence to homophobia to coming of age, to inappropriate student teacher relationships...and more. Too many. In the end, this is not a bookI would pick again.

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