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Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica KnollThere are books that are doomed to massive popularity, and almost immediately after, the film. «Hunger Games», «The Fault in Our Stars», «Gone Girl» from the recent. The object of this review continues the series of super popular books, and then filmed. Jessica Knoll, a few years after working in Cosmopolitan magazine, including senior editor, had the idea for his book from 28-year-old, a year ago I was able to find the time to write it. Knoll now 31, she lives in new York, married and can’t believe the success of his book, «Luckiest Girl Alive». Reese Witherspoon bought the movie rights before the book’s release. The book is in the top ten bestseller list New York Times, as in iBooks. In short, it is a success.


The main character, TifAni FaNelli, successful young girl of 28 years, writes articles about sex in women’s glossy magazines, lives in new York city that meets the modern standard of sexuality has advanced breast cancer, is on the left hand engagement ring with a giant gemstone, which to her presented an incredibly rich, handsome, young banker “noble” origin, that is, her fiancé, Luke (Luke). Its slogan: “Never fu*k with a rich white b*tch and her white jeans”.

The plot is that Anya, as she asks to call themselves now, is a Mystery rooted in the school’s past. And this Mystery POPs up when Ani starts to make a documentary with her. It is an occasion that allows the author to carry the reader from the present (new York, Ani 28 years), in the past Tiffany goes to school, she is 14 years old. More about the plot to write I can’t, because you can accidentally blurt out spoilers.

We start the analysis with the fact that she Knoll admits that the inspiration for the “Luckiest Girl Alive” became the book Gillian Flynn. Actually the cover made the quote comparing this book and books Flynn. In the annotation, too, readers are attracted by the fact that the alleged times have you read “The Disappeared”, don’t pass it by!

I this postulate does not agree. Flynn can be read without much knowledge of American culture, and after 15 years a new generation will take her a book/books into the hands and understand what was going on, because it raises universal themes: family, love, hate, “the love boat has crashed against life”, narcissistic parents, childhood trauma.

Knoll also pays too much attention to too little external and internal. Endless observations of the main character about what brand clothes to wear on her colleague, what material sewn pants new friend and a bag from the collection of the year hanging on the hand of a friend tire. I can understand why Schoolgirls is so important to finally buy clothes at J. Crew and not Abercrombie & Fitch. Or why wedding dress Carolina Herrera had to order a 8 size, and Milly dress Ani just $ 0. What do these sizes mean and why the main character mentions how Kate Middleton looked the day of the wedding, and then sits on the Dukan diet. But I read fiction, Thriller, in the end, not “the Devil wears Prada” or even Vogue.

Few readers these details will be interesting. Besides will be the same 15 years, and perhaps part of the aforementioned brands will die or will be rebranded, and then what? Go read the article in Wikipedia, what characteristics were specific to the brand in 2015 year? It is enough to describe that friend came in designer black silk dress, and the groom is sleeping in jeans, without specifying brands. But if you remove this part of the story, the book will be reduced by 10 percent. I understand the author’s intention to emphasize the obsession of the main character on the little things and the trappings of success, but it would be enough to describe her observations without mentioning brands; the point would be clear.

Instead, with much more interest I have read about the relationship of the protagonist with other characters in the final we abruptly said goodbye. What pushed her to this decision. In short, the psychological component of action of the protagonist, not on her knowledge of brands and materials.

I note strengths. Knoll raises an important topic, largely still taboo. I was interested to read how she has coped with the incident. How people blame her instead of the real criminals, as is often the case. However, there is a weak point: the development of the plot became clear after the first quarter of the book. I mean, I knew that was going to happen next, before described. Perhaps because the author is so naive makes vague hints that ahead of time it becomes clear what she’s getting at. For instance, in “Disappeared” plot twist in the middle was completely unexpected.

Well, antisocial thoughts Ani encouraging. Her remarks about Luke, about her mother, about all the surrounding fun places, but for the most part truthful and reminiscent of something he had seen recently. If there were more, and discussion of clothing is less, then the book would come out much better.

Ani a product of the system in which it operates. She may despise the system, to hate her. But the fact that the system has molded her and gave personality Ani form. Perhaps the trauma of her childhood classmates and forced her to strive for the best (in her mind), and hard to build a career. To obtain the approval of the majority. Become conventionally successful. The groom is a banker, a huge diamond on the ring finger, fantastic work.

Just can’t outrun your past, no matter how many attributes the success to the man on hung. Yet with the past will not understand, in one way or another, going to a psychologist or courses for self-development, the outer husk will not fill the inner emptiness.