The Favorite Sister by Jessica KnollThe Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

The Favorite Sister

byJessica Knoll

Paperback | May 15, 2018

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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.

The Favorite Sister explores the invisible barriers that prevent women from rising up the ranks in today’s America—and offers a scathing take on the oft-lionized bonds of sisterhood, and the relentless pressure to stay young, relevant, and salable.
Jessica Knoll 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. Her book Luckiest Girl Alive made The New York Times Bestseller List in 201...
Title:The Favorite SisterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:May 15, 2018Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1982101342

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from So hard to read I found this book extremely hard to read. It is hard to explain what I mean properly, but the style and grammar of the author's writing had me reading and re-reading MANY sentences over and over. I can't recall the last time I had such difficulty reading what should have been a floofy, "chick lit" style novel. An admitted fan of The Real Housewives of the OC, I did like how the novel had to do with the same sort of ideas.
Date published: 2018-09-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Way too melo"diva"matic for my taste This is a 3.5 stars book for me. The characters are interesting, but the story is way too melo"diva"matic for my taste. All my life I tried very hard to stay away from toxic people and this book reminded me that it is a good thing and I should continue to do so. The Favorite Sister tells the story of a group of egocentric, deceitful, and lying reality-show women who are as fake as can be. Kudos to Jessica Knoll for writing a book about such superficial women and still succeeding to make it thought-provoking. Kudos also for surprising me in the end. I did not see this coming and it was a perfect ending.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keeps you guessing Lots of little details are passively revealed through this twisty and turny story that makes you hate and love each of the characters. I thought it was smart and trashy, empowering and embarrassing, and drawn out but fast paced all at the same time.
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from wasn't my favourite I found this book pretty tough to get through, compared to Luckiest Girl alive which i devoured within 4 days. It does start off slow and for me personally it just never went anywhere. Because i am not a fan of those reality show the book is framed around it just didn't do it for me.
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Grand Slam from Jessica Knoll! When it comes to The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll - OH YES GIVE HER THE STARS!! This is one of those suck-you-in-oh-my-god-I-hope-it-never-ends books. I was ABSORBED into this story, I dreamt about it, and I thought about it endlessly. The story follows a group of women who are millennial entrepreneurs on a reality tv show, including two sisters, Kelly & Brett. Going in, you know Brett is dead and someone is responsible - but you don’t know what kind of rollercoaster drama you are about to dive headfirst into. I loved everything about this book - the dark, twisting plot, the manipulative characters, the completely believable premise of the show itself. Everything in this book clicks to make you fall right into the drama, I was legitimately bummed this isn’t an actual show because I finished this book and wanted MORE. But most importantly- let’s talk about how Jessica Knoll is a MARVEL at how she writes women - legitimate, honest, complex women who exist out there. Women who make mistakes, screw up royally, have broken relationships, love their bodies, hate their bodies, want to be mothers, want to be businesswomen, have no idea what they are doing, are killing it. How she writes is beyond real - no cramming women in their cleaned up boxes of “good wife”, “mother”, “cool girl”, “hardass”, “feminist”. She makes her characters as messy and terrific and twisted as real life. She lets them live in the grey area and THAT is why I will read anything Jessica writes. Because it is refreshing as hell to see that complexity on the pages - we’ve all seen it, lived it, done it, know it. So friends, get a cocktail, get this book and let this be one of your perfect summer reads.
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from slow start but good the novel is slow to start, but sticking with it pays off
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from slow start but good the novel is slow to start, but sticking with it pays off
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from slow start but quite interesting the novel is slow to start, but sticking with it pays off
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from hoping it is just as good if its anything like the authors first novel, i am very excited to read
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good if you stick with it I find JK's novels are usually slow to start. If you stick with it, once you are through the half way point the story get's really good. There are a lot of character names to try to remember which is part of the issue. Real Housewives meets murder
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from its ok. I decided to give this author another try but found myself still not a fan, the writing style is just not for me. characters dont really stand out when you read the book
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not good this wasnt a good book, it was hard to get into and took forever to understand the characters. not recommended
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay I wasn't a huge fan of this particular book by this author as there seemed to be an eclectic group of characters which made it difficult to fully connect with them. Some 'personalties' were a little over the top and made the character a littles less believable to me.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from strong characterization i really like the characterization in this book. i haven't read Knoll's other books but I think I may try them out based on this one.
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not for me Was given an early copy for my honest review. I decided to give this author another try but found myself still not a fan. The writing has improved for me from the first book but I could not connect to any of the characters. I forgot about each character as their chapter ended and couldn't remember how they all connected to each other. If you didn't like the first book I suggest you pass on this one as well.
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bold Characters With Twists Galore 4.5 stars Oooowheee, friends. Jessica Knoll did not come here to play. THE FAVORITE SISTER is frank look at the problems hidden within the feminism we all know and love (or kind of love, anyway. Like, in principle). This book worked on so many levels, and although the names come fast and furious in the first opening chapters, once I settled in, I became ravenous. Twists, secrets, betrayals, and subtext are the name of the (multiple) games in TFS. Fans of reality TV will go bananas, as will anyone looking to read a book about powerful, rich women who speak out of both sides of their mouth, with the ultimate goal of self-preservation and success. And oh what these characters will do to succeed.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Glamour, Mystery and Drama What you can expect: mystery, backstabbing, glamour and drama. I could best categorize "The Favourite Sister" by Jessica Knoll as a women's fiction novel. The theme is a reality show similar to "The Housewives of" except that all but one of the women are not mothers and are portrayed as successful YOUNG women. Once a woman reaches the dreaded age of 34 she will be let go from the show. The point of view switches from present, to past and from character to character. I think this is what makes the novel so difficult to get through. It is hard to know which point of view you are in when you put down the novel and come back to it. The characters themselves are complex and each have a very distinctive personality. As readers we find out at the very beginning that one of the "Housewives" has been killed and then the plot goes through the events of the past to reconstruct what happened. I do sort of wish we were given just slightly more information about the death at the beginning, just something more to hold onto as the novel goes on. In the middle of the story the plot drags on a bit to the point where as a reader you might even second guess that someone is really going to die at the end. As a reader I wanted to be more engaged in the mystery than in the drama and glamour of each woman. As many other reviewers have mentioned, the conclusion is very abrupt. After a lengthy novel that takes a while to plough through, I felt somewhat letdown by the ending. Overall I have given "The Favorite Sister" a 3 out of 5. I think some people will just enjoy the drama and glamour of the women's lives and not be too concerned about the mystery in the plot. For myself I wouldn't pick it up to re-read it again. I also want to thank NetGalley and the Publisher MacMillan for the opportunity to read an ebook copy of "The Favorite Sister" by Jessica Knoll.
Date published: 2018-04-15

Editorial Reviews

*** PRAISE FOR LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE BY JESSICA KNOLL [A] huge summer read . . . one of those great stories that you can’t put down!”—Reese Witherspoon, InStyle “The perfect page-turner to start your summer.”—People (Book of the Week) “Dark, twisty . . . razor-sharp writing . . . propulsive prose . . . [The] reveal is a real doozy—a legitimately shocking, completely unputdownable sequence that unfolds like a slow-motion horror film. It instantly elevates Luckiest Girl . . . and that momentum keeps going until its final pages.”—EW “Loved Gone Girl? We promise [Luckiest Girl Alive is] just as addictive.”—Good Housekeeping “A pulse-pounding, jaw-dropping novel about how tragedy twists and shapes lives.”—InTouch (A-) “When Ani FaNelli wants something, she gets it: the job, the body, the man. What starts as a Mean Girls-seeming story line transforms into something so dark, so plot-twistingly intense that…well, actually, no spoilers here.” —Marie Claire “A knockout debut novel . . . completely enthralling . . . devilishly dark and fun.”—Publishers Weekly “[Ani FaNelli is] a cross between Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw and Gone Girl’s Amy Dunne. . . . Knoll’s debut truly delivers and will keep readers engaged until the end.”—Library Journal “This is going to be the book you insist all your friends read this summer. . . . [A] clever, cunning satire on the female condition in the 21st century.”—Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel