Ana FaNelli, previously known as TifAni FaNelli, has it all: she has a fantastic editors job at a top woman’s magazine, a rich fiancé who works on Wall Street, she is beautiful, and has a wardrobe full of designer clothes and accessories. But all this is just a wall she has built around herself to hide a more vulnerable and frightened version of herself. When Ani was fourteen she was involved in a violent incident at her school that still haunts her. Soon to be married Ani is approached by a company who want to make a documentary about those events fourteen years ago. Ani hopes the perfect life she has built will show people how far she has come, but will her facade start to crack under the pressure?
This book was a choice of the book club to which I am a member. I am glad I chose it as I really enjoyed the story. The plot was well paced, building to what actually happened fourteen years age and the events didn’t disappoint. As a reader I was swept along on Ani’s journey into the past and felt like I was there with her. Jessica Knoll represents the problems of being a teenager with great empathy and understanding. Ani, as a character, comes across as shallow and superficial at first, but as the narrative progresses you begin to understand why she is like this, by the end I certainly had sympathy for her and liked her strength of character. The supporting characters were also well developed and very true to life; from the fiancé who doesn’t really understand Ani, to the teenagers who are the main protagonists in the events fourteen years previously. Knoll’s insight into the teenage psyche is excellent.
This is a well written novel and I look forward to other books from Jessica Knoll.