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The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

By Debi Lantzer @debiL1611

The Favorite Sister by Jessica KnollThe Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll
Published by Simon Schuster on May 15, 2018
Pages: 375
Format: ARC
Buy on Amazon


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.

I saw this book listed on social media all over the place.  I had heard of the author, Jessica Knoll because I had always wanted to read her first book, Luckiest Girl Alive, but haven’t done so.  I know that Ms. Knoll’s previous book was actually a lot of hype going on so I knew I wanted to check it out. When I saw it available for review on NetGalley, I immediately requested, and thereafter received it.

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

The story is narrated by different women on a reality show and two of them are sisters (of course). There are are so many conflicted relationships, real life (and scripted) drama, with tons of secrets that slowly unfold throughout the story.  Very honestly, there were times that I was feeling kind of exhausted by the characters and how superficial they felt.  Thanks to the author’s writing style, the plot underneath the characters kept me going through the end.

The Favorite Sister is smart and well-written, and provides some interesting insights into our American contemporary culture. I noticed that some of the reviews out there complained about the women in this story not being “likable.”  Those folks clearly don’t watch television or they would know that is is exactly what drawers viewers to reality television today!

Those “unlikable” characters were so complicated – sometimes I felt bad for them and sometimes I couldn’t stand them! for them but also hated their actions at times. The plot twists and turns in this story kept me engaged through to the end. 

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll Jessica Knoll is the author of the instant New York Times Bestseller, LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE. She 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 Los Angeles with her husband and bulldog, Beatrice. 

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I was provided with a complimentary electronic advanced reader copy through Simon & Schuster through Net Galley in exchange for my post.  I was not required to post a positive review, but have chosen to do so because this book was great! Thank you!

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