Review by Ann McDonald
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, she has a dark secret!
Ani FaNelli, 28 years-old, is on the outside living a successful life. Great job, perfect fiancé but it doesn’t take long to realize that this is one messed up girl. Ani takes you through her life in flashbacks to her 14 year-old self and her present day life. Author Jessica Knoll weaves a very convoluted story that, at times, was extremely difficult to follow. Her characters were drawn well enough for the reader to detest them as shallow soulless people.
From the get-go, you’re aware of the dreadful hurt and humiliation she has endured and how her survival is marked by the need for material success to make her feel human and safe. I finished the book but I did not want to, I feel Jessica had a story to tell and she did tell it, her emphasis on the story of her life was that nobody “got” it.
The horrible things that made her the kind of woman she became were things that unfortunately, are commonplace in this day and age and your heart is stirred pity for Ani and others that have suffered such pain. However, I could not, at the very end of her story, see the justification for the finale.
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