I can readily admit that I am the world’s worst reader. I really do start out with the best of intentions. I actually love book stores, and often purchase books (especially ones with appealing covers), only to have them sit on my bookshelf for months. . . er. . . more like years.
When I had jury duty last week, I figured the never-ending wait time would be the perfect opportunity to try to get back into reading. I seldom find books that I can get really sucked into (other than trashy C/D list celebrity memoirs), so I decided to pick up the thriller that everyone has been talking about, Luckiest Girl Alive, by Jessica Knoll.
When protagonist Ani is introduced, she seems to have it all; late twenties, a Wesleyan grad, a killer wardrobe, engaged to WASPy Luke (they are set to wed on Nantucket), and working at a top women’s publication in New York City.
But there is more to the story. . . There is a reason Ani is so obsessed with projecting a perfect image. The book flashes back to her days at the Bradley School in Pennsylvania. A series of devastating events took place while she was a student there. Just when you think you’ve neared the end of the drama, the book takes another crazy turn. In the end, it is empowering to see Ani let go a bit and assert her independence (I don’t want to divulge too much).
This book was so enticing that I was able to finish it in a single day; I don’t think that has happened since I was ten years old! After reading Luckiest Girl Alive, I am on a bit of a thriller/mystery kick. I am about to embark on Big Little Lies, which I am making myself read before watching the miniseries on HBO.
What have you been reading lately?