Published by Simon & Schuster on May 12 2015
Genres: mystery, thriller
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I have burned before by books saying they are the next Gone Girl. So I went into this book with a bit of trepidation (and knowing next to nothing about the plot).
Because let’s be honest: anything that says that it is the next version of last year’s big thing is usually full of crap. But this was different.
Ani’s high school years where pretty rough, and that may be the understatement of the century. She has built a new and shiny life for herself complete with a fancy job, a rich husband-to-be and a shiny rock on her finger.
There is one thing she wants to put right . . . which I don’t want to spoil for you (it is kind of a big deal). Put right may not even be the right phrase, get off her chest might be more accurate. And it was not entirely what I expected. Vague, I know, but . . . no spoilers!
The language and subject matter in this book is a bit salty at times and there are trigger warnings all over the place: school place violence, eating disorders, bullying, rape, and general teenage shenanigans.
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.
With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Aliveexplores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that’s bigger than it first appears.
The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set Ani free?