I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with reading. And by that I mean, I love reading for pleasure and hate reading what I’m told to read. The only book I loved from school was To Kill a Mockingbird. But, now that I’m an adult and can do whatever I want, I’ve started reading a lot more.
I read on my Kindle, which I love, and go to Amazon to find my next book. Over the weekend, I finished Luckiest Girl Alive. I read it electronic cover to cover in about 3 days. I couldn’t put it down. It’s not the most scholarly book I’ve ever read. It could honestly have used some editing/deeper character connections, but overall, I really enjoyed this book.
This book did, however, spark something in me about writing. I love reading and I love writing. SO, here’s a new recurring post I’ll continue: book reviews. Without further ado, book review for Luckiest Girl Alive.
Brief Overview: Ani (pronounced AH-nee) is a 28-year-old woman living in New York City and seems to have it all. She has a great job as a writer/editor for the top women’s magazine, is engaged to a well-to-do financier and has a drool worthy body. But, Ani has a secret past that is slowly going to destroy everything.
The author used to write at Cosmo and drew a lot of her magazine experience to write this book.
SPOILER ALERTS AHEAD. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!
I love books that have twists and turns and this book does not disappoint in that aspect.
The beginning is a little slow and then BAM! You find out that the main character was basically gang raped by 4 of the “hairy legged boys” AKA the cool kids after they fed her a ton of alcohol. Ani acts like nothing ever happened and when one of the boys tries to hook up with her again, he hits her when she refuses.
Ani runs away and her English teacher finds her and lets her stay at his place while she calms down.
At this point of the book, I’m mad at it. I don’t love the rape storyline. It’s definitely a hot topic and I know that’s why the author chose it, but I didn’t love it. The descriptions of the event were elementary and the story didn’t tie together. You find out that a documentary is being made to tell Ani’s side of the story and you think it’s about this event….BUT THEN…
THERE’S A SCHOOL SHOOTING!
I was reading this part in the car on the way back from the holidays and I said out loud, “What?!!” I did not see it coming. AT ALL.
The description of the shooting is much better than the previous “incident.” There are a lot of details that happen, and I don’t want to spoil them because they were that good. BUT, I don’t believe the book needed to have two hot topics. A high school rape and a high school shooting. That’s just too much. The author should have picked one. There were so many different angles she could have taken to really feel for Ani and even better understand the rapists and the shooters.
The end is the recording of the documentary of “the incident,” which is actually the school shooting. And one of Ani’s rapists wants to meet with her ON CAMERA. This could have been a great sequence of the book, but instead, it’s just sort of glossed over.
If this review seems abrupt, it’s meant to because that’s how the book ends. When I finished reading the book, I felt upset that there were so many unanswered questions, so many different angles I would have taken as a writer and so much…confusion about who this Ani is.
One could say that’s what makes this a great book. And will make a great movie….Reese Witherspoon’s production company purchased the movie rights.
I’d give this book a B-. I didn’t love the storytelling. Some descriptions are elementary, the ends are still loose and I stopped rooting for main character. But, I was shocked by the shooting and I love when something shocking happens in books.
Have you read Luckiest Girl Alive? What did you think?
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