Book Summary:

HER PERFECT LIFE IS A PERFECT LIE.

As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself.

Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ani has a secret.

There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.

The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set Ani free?

 

My Review:

This book is about a young woman with a difficult past. Every aspect of her life seems to revolve around the trauma when she was betrayed by her teenage friends.

As an adult, she is desperate to “reinvent herself.” To distance and insulate herself from these events.

She thought she had it all. The glamorous job. The pedigreed fiance. The expensive wardrobe.

But none of that could cover the pain of what she endured when she was too young to understand the consequences.

What is rape? If you are the only girl there and get drunk with the boys, is it rape? Does it matter what you were wearing? Or whether you liked one of the boys? 

This story is a dark and twisted journey. Sometimes it is hard to read the words. 

Written from the alternating viewpoints of both the present and the past, you will think you are reading about one horrible event. When actually you are reading about two.

I think it is important to remember that most tragedies unfold on a seemingly ordinary day.  Until it isn’t.

About The Author:
Jessica Knoll has been a senior editor at Cosmopolitan, and the articles editor at SELF.
 
She grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and graduated from The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York.
 
She lives in New York City with her husband.
 
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  1. On a very ordinary day many years ago, my Dad died of a heart attack. It was 3 days before Christmas and those agonizing days that followed forever changed Christmas for me. Why do those wounds take so long to heal?

    1. I'm so sorry for your loss, Vikki. I lost my daughter in August, so my grief is still new. I've been working hard on getting emotionally prepared for Christmas, and then just found out that a cousin who's in his mid-30s died two days ago. Now Christmas will be so hard for his immediate family, just as you've experienced. I've talked to others who've lost loved ones who say the grief never really goes away, but you can learn better coping skills over time. I just found out that Hospice offers up to six free bereavement counseling sessions, even if your loved one who died did not use the Hospice service at their time of death. I have gone to one session and will go again in a few weeks. Maybe you could check into that. The counselor who saw me was professional and so kind, and had information about coping with the holidays. (Thank you, Brenda, for allowing the opportunity for me to respond to another reader of your blog.)

    2. Thank you JKAYE for the helpful information. It also helps to know someone out there is with us in sympathy. As time goes on, grief is like a wound that has healed over, but still hurts to the touch. I am so sorry for your losses and wish you Peace this Christmas and in the coming year.

  2. I tried to read this and I only got about a quarter in. I just couldn't like this person. Maybe that's the idea, she's severely damaged, but everything about the main character just turned me off, and I found her so very unsympathetic, no matter the circumstances. Maybe I didn't read far enough in.

    1. It took me awhile to get into it, because the girl seemed so materialistic. But she was insulating herself with all these "things" because of her trauma. I'm glad I read it.

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