the favourite sister
The Favourite Sister by Jessica Knoll will take you BTS of reality television. It's all fame and faux friendship. Think Real Housewives, with a millennial vibe.
Where to begin... There's so much to this woman, her work, her latest novel and the previous one. I eagerly awaited The Favourite Sister because I fell hard for the 2015 bestseller Luckiest Girl Alive. It's one that I suggest most often and recall as a favourite because it's tactful and smart. Jessica Knoll is those things, too.
Since reading her first, I've followed Jessica Knoll on the gram so as to not miss anything she pens. On Lenny Letter she revealed how the experience of Luckiest Girl Alive's protagonist was her own. Then she followed it up with her part in some interactive fiction. I also devoured Knoll's recent-ish opinion article called 'I Want to Be Rich and I'm Not Sorry' published in The New York Times. It's a must read about ambition. Simply type Jessica Knoll into google and you'll see hits about the stir she caused with it. A force to be reckoned with, to say the least.
Then came The Favourite Sister in May this year. It follows a group of women who are the stars (if you can call them that) of NY based reality show Goal Diggers. As opposed to the housewives or drunk and disorderly we're accustomed to watching, these women are entrepreneurs. For the most part, they represent a minority and that's the point. Without giving too much away, there's plenty of lies that thread throughout the drama turned thriller, and it doesn't end with all the cast on the couch (watch: any wind-up ep. of the reality kind).
What I savoured the most when reading The Favourite Sister – aside from the deceit – was Knoll's set up. The detail she gives and the up-to-date context is refreshing. Like the relief when something frustrating is explained to make sense. It's like reading the commentary to a standard we're currently living. There are bites throughout, but one that grabbed me early is quoted below.
You won't regret a minute spent reading The Favourite Sister, so go grab a copy. I'm already missing it. So good thing it's being adapted for the screen by Knoll herself. Stay tuned.