Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
TifAni (yes, it’s spelt just that way) has reinvented herself as Ani (pronounced Ahh-NEE) to put a distance between her teenage self that attended high school at Bradley and the woman who has become an editor of the successful The Woman’s Magazine. Ani is engaged to a rich finance guy, has a gorgeous ring and is starving herself to fit in her wedding dress. All is going according to plan. Her past is safely in the past. Then a documentary company comes calling wanting to get TifAni to talk about that day at Bradley. She will finally have a chance to tell her side of the story. But will the truth set her free? Or ruin everything she has been building for the last decade?
This is a psychological thriller being compared to Gone Girl for its blunt and sharp writing, and probably for its hard to like characters. Unlike Gone Girl’s Amy you do start to feel for TifAni but it takes a while. The author does set some chapters in the present and some in the past so you get to know what made TifAni want to become the catty and to my mind fake Ani. You begin to like and sympathize with her especially when you get to know what happened to her in high school.
This is a hard read, horrible things happen to 14-year old TifAni and you can see how they could happen to any naïve girl her age and your heart bleeds for her because of her choices. The author manages to take a truly obnoxious character and make you applaud that she has become this hardened creature because she survived. But you have to keep reading to see the entirety of what she survived. A gripping read that reveals itself slowly to an ending that made me cheer.