Luckiest Girl Alive
In Jessica Knoll’s novel Luckiest Girl Alive, high school didn’t treat TifAni FaNelli well. Fortunately for this protagonist, she becomes an editor at a high-ranking magazine, engaged to a handsome Wall Street broker and planning her life filled with designer goods and blue bloods. But when there’s a documentary being made about the past events at her prestigious private school, she returns home to set the record straight. But reflecting on the past gives TifAni a new understanding of how she lives in her present.
This is another novel that goes in the same vein as anything by Gillian Flynn. The protagonist has a clear voice that is sometimes exhausting because of her discipline in eating very little to achieve the perfect weight for her wedding and her perception of another person’s class status through their clothes and accessories. Personally, having to walk with this kind of voice gets irritating rather quick for me because food is amazing. Nonetheless, while progressing through the narrative, it becomes clear how the past has made TifAni (now going by Ani) they way she is. TifAni as a character is complex and intriguing. She wants to be accepted, yet she also can see people on a different plane, evaluate a situation in a cold and processed manner. Like a suspenseful Flynn novel, TifAni has past trauma to handle from school that’s mired with other murky details in her background.
I have to stay vague because I really enjoyed this novel, and I feel it’s important to read it without knowing too much. Enjoy the ride!