Book Review: The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

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Title: The Favorite Sister
Author: Jessica Knoll
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: May 15, 2018

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.

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Five competitive and successful women star in a reality series called Goal Diggers. The star of the show is Brett, the lesbian. The new girl on the show is Kelly, Brett’s sister. Stephanie is the oldest cast member, and the only black woman. Lauren is the party girl. Jen is the hippie. Each woman has a role to play, and each woman will do anything to ensure her contract is renewed for the next season. The producers expect fighting and reconciliations, but they don’t expect the season to end in murder.

This book is told with alternating points of view and multiple timelines. The timelines are before and after the murder. The before chapters are told from Brett and Stephanie’s viewpoints. The after chapters are told from Kelly’s viewpoint. Most of the story is told before the murder.

Each of the women is a stereotype (lesbian, new girl, black girl, party girl, and hippie), and each needs to play her part to keep her role on the show. It’s actually pretty funny with how each woman tries to present herself. I imagine this is somewhat true with reality shows. Each cast member has a part to play, and they are produced to maintain that persona. No regard to reality is actually considered.

The writing of this book starts slow and confusing. At about 35% into the book, I got into the flow and started to distinguish between characters better. Once that happened, I was more engaged with the story, and wanted to know what really happened between the women.

This is a light read. A story full of secrets, lies, fights, and mean girls. A fun guilty pleasure book. Entertaining, dramatic, and scandalous.

I borrowed this book from my local library.

4 thoughts on “Book Review: The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

    1. Thanks! I own a copy of the Luckiest Girl Alive, but haven’t read it yet. I kept meaning to read it first, but that didn’t happen. Oh well. I’ve read some reviews that say it’s better than The Favorite Sister, so I definitely need to pick it up soon and read it.

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