The Favorite Sister

The Favorite Sister

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"When five hypersuccessful 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 27, the meteoric success of her spin studio, and her 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 that requires her to protect their shocking secret. Stephanie, the first black cast member and the oldest, is a successful best-selling author of erotic novels. There have long been whispers about her hot, nonworking 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"
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, 2018.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501153198
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 24 cm


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DBRL_ANNEG Apr 07, 2019

I was initially excited to pick up this story of a group of women who are part of a reality show. I don't watch any of the Housewives of _____ shows, but I won't lie--I think there's something fascinating about them. And this insider's look at what it might be like to be on a show of this nature was kind of appealing. As I dove into the book, I found it had a major issue. This story's big flaw is how hard it is to keep track of who-is-who. I listened to the audiobook version and that helped me sort out a couple of the characters, but I must admit that until nearly the very end I found myself trying to look back at my paper copy of the book to see who various characters were. I think this was a problem of characters who were similar and too many story-lines converging.

I think I'd be willing to try another book from Jessica Knoll because despite the confusion caused by the layout of this story, I often found myself pulled in by her fast, witty dialogue. I think a better edit might have tightened up this tale and kept it from getting so out of hand and over-the-top confusing.

Dec 10, 2018

Agree with majority of the comments. Did not like this book. Slowest book ever - i finished it to finish, but had no interest in it; nothing happens throughout the whole book until about the last three chapters.

Oct 31, 2018

If you watch any of the Real Housewives shows, this book will entertain you. A splashy look at the inner tensions and dramatics of a reality tv show. It's not exactly sophisticated literature, but was a fun book to read over a weekend.

Oct 15, 2018

I tried to get into this book. Got about 50 pages in and couldn't do it anymore. What a bunch of nonsense.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Sep 05, 2018

A scandalous mystery set against the backdrop of a reality tv show. Lots of women behaving badly...not a ton of depth, but entertaining.

Aug 30, 2018

The previous comments are correct based on the fact that it takes a while to get into this book. There are a lot of characters and in the beginning it’s a little confusing. I’m a huge Real Housewives fan and I stuck through it. In the end it was worth it. About 1/3 through the book picked up and was really good. I don’t regret finishing it. As for the reviews comparing to Luckiest Girl Alive, I thought that was slow to start as well.

Aug 30, 2018

I should have listened to everyone else. This book is nothing like Knoll's first book which I loved! I couldn't get into it, I found it confusing and as another commenter is too short for bad books. So disappointing

Aug 24, 2018

I could not get into this book. I gave up after 60 pages. Worst book ever.

Aug 13, 2018

Couldn't get into this book, jumps around. quitting after 60 pages.

Aug 01, 2018

I was really looking forward to this book, since I enjoyed Knoll's Luckiest Girl Alive so much. However, after many attempts, I just could not get into this book. I finally gave up. Life is too short for bad books!

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