Monday, May 21, 2018

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

What They Say....From Jessica Knoll—author of Luckiest Girl Alive, the instant New York Times bestseller and the bestselling debut novel of 2015—comes a blisteringly paced thriller starring two sisters who join the cast of a reality TV series. One won’t make it out alive. So…who did it?

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 castmates.

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.

What I Say....I read Luckiest Girl Alive a few summers ago and I was completely hooked.  I've been super excited to see that it's been optioned for a movie, I can't wait to see it.  So obviously, I was super excited to get a copy of Favorite Sister.

I'm not a big reality TV watcher, except for Flipping Out and years ago, I watched Keeping Up With the Kardashians, when they were a lot funnier and a lot more normal (hard to believe, right?).  But I read Us Weekly and People while I'm floating in the pool, so I feel like I'm pretty up to date on the Real Housewives, without ever watching any of them.

Let's just say reading this book didn't inspire me to become a regular viewer.  These women are honestly repulsive.  You usually have at least one character to root for, but in this group, there wasn't one person that was innocent.  Or even nice. Or ethical.  Completely unrootable.

Brett is an old girl on Goal Diggers, but somehow her sister, Kelly has just become part of the regular cast, along with her teenaged daughter.  That could cause enough drama, but Brett, the chubby lesbian and Stephanie, the gorgeous erotic author are clearly on the outs.  What could these former roommates have against each other?  I could see where I was being led, but the shocking twist didn't shock me too much, as I felt like whoever was sleeping with whoever, they all deserved each other.

It's probably a very accurate look at reality television, but it's a very sad look at the state of our relationships as a society.  Some women would lie, cheat, betray in every way just to stay on television.

I read it all but it left me depressed, however, I've read a lot of other reviewers that loved it.  

Current Goodreads Rating 3.32

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