Nominated by:

Richland Library, Columbia, USA

Publisher of nominated edition:

Simon & Schuster, USA

Luckiest Girl Alive

Jessica Knoll    

2017 Longlist

Her perfect life is a perfect lie.

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 Alive explores 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?

(from publisher)

About the Author

Jessica Knoll has been a senior editor at Cosmopolitan and the articles editor at SELF. She grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and graduated from The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. She lives in New York City with her husband. Luckiest Girl Alive is her first book.

Librarian’s Comments

As powerfully written as it is dark, this novel delves into some of the harshest realities of the contemporary world. The main character, Ani, isn’t always likeable, but Knoll’s skilled storytelling compels readers to root for her as she faces and looks to overcome the horrific past that made her who she is.

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