Monday, June 22, 2015

Luckiest Girl Alive



Not long ago, the recent release Luckiest Girl Alive popped up on my Amazon "You Might Like This" list. It was suggested based on my love of Gone Girland The Girl on the Train. Well, Amazon, you had me hooked right then and there. Thank goodness for Amazon Prime.

After reading Luckiest Girl Alive, I must say that the biggest thing it actually had in common with either Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train is that it has "Girl" in the title. But, I do understand why, if you enjoyed reading the previous two books, you would like this book, too. They are all suspenseful page-turners, keeping the reader guessing about what happened with some sort of crime, while time-jumping between past and present. And just like the previous two books, I just had to know what was going to happen in Luckiest Girl Alive - so much so that I read it in just two days! Having a two-year-old at home makes this near impossible because I'm lucky to read a text message while he's awake, so it involved dining out for Mexican food twice in one week because I read during nap time when I should have been making dinner, and also staying up in bed reading into the wee hours of the morning. All worth it.

While Luckiest Girl is being compared to Gone Girl, it actually reminded me more of The Devil Wears Prada(had the main character in The Devil Wears Prada been conniving, manipulative and adept at telling lies). Both of these books are about twenty-something girls living in Manhattan and working for glossy magazines, borrowing designer labels from the fashion stashes. But Luckiest Girl puts a whole new spin on this by giving a glimpse into the mind of said fabulous girl, who has been calculating her every move and putting on show to get what she wants in life (namely the high profile job and a fiancé who comes from "old money"). I wrote her off as a sociopath at first - anyone talking about how they might be "exposed for who they really are" totally puts red flags up, right? But my view of her did change by the end.

The book read a bit like Young Adult Fiction, though it had enough R-rated content that clearly this was not the genre. However something about it didn't seem as "grown-up" a read as, say, Gone Girl. This could be because the main character actually was younger, and the flash-back scenes were from high school, furthering the "Young Adult" feeling.

Without giving too much away, I'll say I totally recommend this book! I think it would make a great beach read this summer - just don't forget the sunscreen because once you start it, you won't be able to stop! 


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