This one wasn’t really on my radar before I got it in the mail, and yes, I did read Jessica Knoll’s Luckiest Girl Alive and hate to say it but I didn’t love it – BUT friends, I think I’m gonna call it now: BOOK OF THE SUMMER! This is it, the one everyone will be talking about: the juicy, can’t miss, unputdownable, water cooler gossip worthy book of the summer reading season if you ask me (so far because as hard as I have tried I have not read all the books yet.) This one comes out on May 15th and you’re probably gonna want to put this one on your list.
Told from the view of 3 women: Brett, her sister Kelly and her co-star and ex-best friend Stephanie. The book revolves around the cast of the reality show Goal Diggers (think Real Housewives meets an Apprentice spin-off??) who are all women who’ve climbed the ranks and made successes of themselves in their own respective industries only to step in to the tenuous reality TV world, chasing the elusive siren’s song of fame in all its ugly glory. The cast’s families, health, love lives and professional lives are all on the line and fair game for scintillating show story lines and if their meddling producer had it her way she’d push each one of them over the metaphoric edge one by one and film the whole thing – she should probably be careful what she wishes for…
Full of drama, suspense and unreliable narrators this book will have you on the edge of your seat and guessing the whole time. For those who love a good binge-worthy reality show this book is that and so much more. Expertly crafted as a guilty pleasure drama filled vacation read The Favorite Sister raises very important questions about the current state of feminism, the price we would pay for what passes for fame nowadays and how women are put in the spotlight and celebrated only to turn them on each other to fight for a piece of the much-too-small pie. As soon as I finished this one I was dying to chat with someone about the multiple issues that were raised and all of the twists and turns in this story; I think this would make a great book club or buddy read.
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for sending me an advance copy to read and review. While I did receive a free advance copy, all opinions are my own.