Book review: A one-time read that doesn’t need you to apply your brain

  • Aditya Dogra, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: May 07, 2016 18:41 IST
This book does not and will not appeal to everyone.

A multi-layered plot, parallel character arcs, time-frame jumps and interesting relationship dynamics between the characters is something that earns this book by author Jessica Knoll a comparison with best-selling books such as Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

Delivering a well-tailored, character-driven storyline and getting the readers to connect to the character is a major challenge faced by many authors these days, and Knoll scores big on that.

Insecure and status-obsessed, the protagonist TifAni “Ani” FaNelli (that is how it is spelt) is the editor at The Women’s Magazine, and it is her character that really makes the book an engaging read which makes for a satisfying reading experience.

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But, here is the catch, the book does not and will not appeal to everyone. For, to go through this book, they are needed to immerse themselves as one of the characters and have to view it in the world that author presents. In my opinion, that is the very thing which pulls this book away from being worth all the hype it had built.

Strictly a one-time read for me, the book by the debutant author does not require brains, but definitely some effort. If the review reads bipolar in nature, that is exactly how the book makes you feel.

Title: Luckiest Girl Alive
Author: Jessica Knoll
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Price: Rs 279

The book is the story of an insecure and status-obsessed editor of women’s magazine.

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