LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE isn’t the easiest book to read, though I can understand why it’s gotten so much buzz. None of the characters are particularly likable (except maybe Mr. Larson), but I would caution not to judge the main character Ani too harshly in the beginning. She comes off as shallow and self-centered, but after learning all the terrible things she went through as a young teen, I can only assume her harsh persona is a coping mechanism. I almost felt like there was too much tragedy in this book, as the first ordeal she went through was horrible enough.
It’s not exactly the twisty thriller I was expecting, but Ani’s story definitely held my attention. I kept thinking, “Where are these children’s parents?!?” Ugh, Ani’s mother and father were awful. This is a dark read that tackles some very difficult and important issues. I was pleased with the ending, when some emotion finally came out. 3.75 stars!
P.S. I borrowed the audiobook from the library. Narrator Madeleine Maby was wonderful.