The Luckiest Girl Alive is unique in the fact that for the first half of the book, you can’t decide if you love the narrator, Ani, or if you truly loathe her. The girl can really judge a person. I’d personally be terrified to meet this narrator because I would hate to think what goes on in that brain of hers about me! Once you get further in, you start to understand her a little more, and sympathize. But, I will warn you that the truth takes a while to get to, and it is an ugly, devastating truth.
I found myself identifying to this novel in ways I found surprising. No, I am not obsessed with weight, designers, or being a size zero like Ani. But, I think almost everyone could say that they have at one time attempted to be someone who they aren’t. Honestly, I’m not sure that ever works out in the end. Knoll picks at identity and dealing with crisis extremely well in this novel, and takes us along for the ride.
Ani is bitter, to say the least, and she is obsessed with appearance. A lot of the designers and diets I had never heard of, and some of the things she talked about I found myself googling to get a better understanding of what she values. It all really boiled down to her making her appearance so perfect in order to offset what happened when she was younger.
The Luckiest Girl Alive is a gripping read. The truth, when it comes out, is shocking. The ending is satisfying. The narrator is quirky, snarky, bitter, but still you can sympathize with her and learn to understand her ways. I learned to enjoy the snarky comments Ani made. Knoll writes extremely well, and the scene she sets is so vivid and detailed. This novel that keeps you turning pages, wondering what happens next, what will Ani do? Warning: there are some scenes that I found graphic and difficult to read because they felt so real. It’s not a read for the faint of heart, but if you’re looking for a novel that sticks with you and is a unique read, I highly suggest it!