Wednesday, May 16, 2018

My Thoughts: The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll
The Favorite Sister
by Jessica Knoll
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Publication Date: May 15th 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781501153198
Genre: Adult Fiction
Source: Netgalley

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When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder…

Brett’s the fan favorite. Tattooed and only twenty-seven, the meteoric success of her spin studio—and her recent engagement to her girlfriend—has made her the object of jealousy and vitriol from her cast mates.

Kelly, Brett’s older sister and business partner, is the most recent recruit, dismissed as a hanger-on by veteran cast. The golden child growing up, she defers to Brett now—a role which requires her to protect their shocking secret.

Stephanie, the first black cast member and the oldest, is a successful bestselling author of erotic novels. There have long been whispers about her hot, non-working actor-husband and his wandering eye, but this season the focus is on the rift that has opened between her and Brett, former best friends—and resentment soon breeds contempt.

Lauren, the start-up world’s darling whose drinking has gotten out of control, is Goal Diggers’ recovery narrative—everyone loves a comeback story.

And Jen, made rich and famous through her cultishly popular vegan food line plays a holistic hippie for the cameras, but is perhaps the most ruthless of them all when the cameras are off. (Goodreads)

The Favorite Sister is the first book I've read by Jessica Knoll, though I have had her previous book, Luckiest Girl Alive, on my TBR for a while now. I was super curious about The Favorite Sister, after initially being drawn in by the awesome cover, and after reading the summary, I knew I would have to check it out. This book wasn't at all what I expected, but it was definitely a unique read!

The Favorite Sister is the story of five super successful millennial women who appear on a reality TV show called Goal Diggers. The show is all about being young and successful, and getting ahead in the world all on your own. We follow these women over the course of a new season of the show, which is full of drama and mystery, and even death.

The story is told from three of the Goal Digger stars viewpoints, by Brett and Kelly, who are sisters, and Stephanie who is a veteran on the show. (Brett was a veteran as well, but Kelly was new to the show.) It was interesting to read the same story from each person's different viewpoint, to see how different each woman thought of the show and of each other. All of the ladies were full of secrets and lies, and to be honest, they were quite vicious to each other. I can't even imagine having a friendship like these ladies have, if you could even call it a friendship. Too much drama!

The storyline for this book was really interesting, but admittedly, I'm not much of a reality tv show fan. I barely watch TV as it is, and I tend to avoid reality shows because they are full of drama, and I'm not at all a fan. But, I really wanted to check out this book, so I charged ahead with it. (Reading this book was a good reminder as to why I don't do drama. Haha!) I enjoyed the mystery part of the story the most. We learn pretty early on in the book that there is a death, and I was SO curious to know what had happened. Because of that, I flew through the pages. There are quite a few twists and turns throughout the story, especially at the end, that kept me guessing, and I really liked that.

Overall; The Favorite Sister was definitely an interesting read! I can't say that I've read anything like this before, and I'm really glad I decided to check out the book. I'm now even more curious to check out Luckiest Girl Alive, which I plan to do as soon as possible. If you like a good book full of mystery and drama, you should definitely check out The Favorite Sister!

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