If my previous reviews haven’t already given it away, I’ll just start by saying that I’m a sucker for any story with lots of twists and turns. I came across a book review explaining The Luckiest Girl Alive as just that: a story with a lot of twists and turns. And the author, Jessica Knoll, was a previous editor for magazines like Cosmopolitan and Self? Okay, sign me up.
The Luckiest Girl Alive looks like a pretty book. You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover (literally), but this was a gorgeously designed book for a paperback. Although the story isn’t as pretty and perfect as its cover, the darkness and ugliness of the story hooks you in and is completely compelling and interesting. I don’t know that any book that is pretty and perfect on the inside is interesting at all. I guess that’s sort of a metaphor for my outlook on people in life. Imperfect is the new perfect. But let’s not get all philosophical now.
The story is about Ani FaNelli, a very pretty big time NYC magazine editor with a handsome fiance and an elite social life. She has a very dark past that brought her to this life she built for herself. Mostly the reader finds out about her past as the story progresses, in hints hidden in the story and the dialogue and character body language. I don’t know about you, but that is my favorite kind of way to find out about events in books. I love when the author or storyteller knows that their audience is intelligent enough to figure it out and doesn’t feel the need to flat out say what’s going on like that guy from Blues Clues.
The story flip flops each chapter between the past and the present. It’s very jerky, but it’s a good storytelling strategy as it leaves you with a cliffhanger and then jumps to another part of the story. It makes you just want to keep reading more. This is why this is such a good beach read; you’ll be able to keep reading for hours on end and build up that tan!
Like a lot of the other books I’ve been reading lately, this one is going to be made into a movie. Reese Witherspoon is involved. I’ll probably watch it because movies. Amirite?
What is your ultimate beach read this summer? Tell me in the comments!
Have a great day lovelies!