So I picked up this book on a recommendation of a friend from work. I'm not really sure what I was expecting with this one, but what I got wasn't it. Luckiest Girl Alive begins introducing us to TifAny (Ani) FaNelli. 20- something, beautiful, writer for a prestigious magazine in Manhattan, loaded fiance with an impressive pedigree, she is living the dream.
Ani has spent years meticulously crafting her look/her life and uses this success as a shield, an armor if you will, to protect herself from a devastatingly traumatic past. The reader learns about Ani's past in bits and pieces throughout the book as it is told in flashbacks, alternating chapters between present day and Ani's freshman year of highschool when she is 14. Events unfold during her time in high school which ultimately shape the woman she has become and the persona she wears as a mask. When a film company decides to film a documentary surrounding the terrible events that occurred in her freshman year, Ani is forced to relive a time in her life she would rather not, and it all just might be too much for her picture perfect life. Things fall apart. I will say, as the book progressed I thought I had an idea of what was going to happen forming in my mind, pretty sure I knew the direction it was going to take. What happened was definitely not that. The big reveal occurs about 2/3 of the way through and it was quite shocking, but with so much of the book left, I was expecting some sort of major plot twist or tantalizing revelation to occur after the reveal, but no such luck. The end just fell flat for me. Maybe I went into it with different expectations as it was compared to Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Sharp Objects) and it just didn't live up to that hype, but overall I wasn't impressed. If you plan on reading this, just be aware that it does deal with very sensitive topics which may not be appropriate for younger (teenage) readers.
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