The Favorite Sister

The Favorite Sister

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 mat...

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Title:The Favorite Sister
Author:Jessica Knoll
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The Favorite Sister Reviews

  • Carol (Bookaria)

    This is an

    and

    novel.

    The story revolves around five successful women that star in a reality TV show that showcases their businesses and lives. It is revealed in the first chapters that one of the stars, Brett, has been murdered and the novel describes the events leading up to that point.

    The story is told in different points of view and alternates between the present and the past. The dynamic between the characters reminded me of the women in the Housewives reality TV s

    This is an

    and

    novel.

    The story revolves around five successful women that star in a reality TV show that showcases their businesses and lives. It is revealed in the first chapters that one of the stars, Brett, has been murdered and the novel describes the events leading up to that point.

    The story is told in different points of view and alternates between the present and the past. The dynamic between the characters reminded me of the women in the Housewives reality TV shows, I generally don't watch them but still enjoyed this novel very much. If you're a fan of the Housewives series then you will likely enjoy this novel.

    I had a bumpy ride at the beginning when I was introduced to many characters all at once and felt confused about the story but around 20% I had a good grip of the people and was able to follow it easily.

    Overall,

    and recommend it to readers of contemporary fiction and thrillers/mysteries.

    I did a Buddy Read with Crumb and we posted our thoughts on

  • Elyse Walters

    There are definitely things that I enjoyed in Jessica Knoll’s second novel, “The Favorite Sister”.... but my interest was not only in the plot: the mystery murder itself...as to what happened to Brett.....who murdered her and why?

    I was interested enough to find out what happened of course....and there ‘are’ a couple of those famous twists....

    ......but I found Jessica’s writing entertaining- just for the sake of tidbit-funny - or tidbit powerful..... regardless of the story itself.

    Jessica Knoll

    There are definitely things that I enjoyed in Jessica Knoll’s second novel, “The Favorite Sister”.... but my interest was not only in the plot: the mystery murder itself...as to what happened to Brett.....who murdered her and why?

    I was interested enough to find out what happened of course....and there ‘are’ a couple of those famous twists....

    ......but I found Jessica’s writing entertaining- just for the sake of tidbit-funny - or tidbit powerful..... regardless of the story itself.

    Jessica Knoll has some great quotes.....’throughout’. She has a great third eye into contemporary life.

    Here’s one quote I think many women might appreciate.

    “Society makes life miserable for women who are not thin. I am part of a growing minority determined to change that. SPOKE is the first fitness studio that mentions nothing about transforming your body, because study after study proves that your physical body has so little to do with health. Healthy people are people who feel connected to their communities, who are loved, and are supported by those around them, and who have a sense of purpose in their lives. Healthy people do not waste their precious energy trying to make themselves smaller”.

    This ‘power-to-the-women’ novel has lots of drama - secrets - lies - betrayal- and enough unlikable characters to dig your teeth into.

    Overall ....it was fun....great company while doing cardio at the gym.

    Thank You Simon and Schuster, Netgalley, and Jessica Knoll

    3.5

  • Liz

    I may be the only person in America to have never watched a reality show. No Survivor, no Big Brother, none of the Housewives series. They just never appealed to me. But I loved Jessica Knoll’s first book, so I wasn’t going to miss out on her sophomore effort.

    It took me awhile to get into the book. I read another review where the reviewer gave up at the 10% mark and I totally understood that. In the beginning, the characters come across as so reality show fake I didn’t think I could stand it. E

    I may be the only person in America to have never watched a reality show. No Survivor, no Big Brother, none of the Housewives series. They just never appealed to me. But I loved Jessica Knoll’s first book, so I wasn’t going to miss out on her sophomore effort.

    It took me awhile to get into the book. I read another review where the reviewer gave up at the 10% mark and I totally understood that. In the beginning, the characters come across as so reality show fake I didn’t think I could stand it. Even when someone shared an opinion I agreed with, like

    “no, I correct them, I’m showing young girls that you don’t have to be beautiful to matter. The thinking that women of all shapes and sizes can be beautiful is still hugely problematic, because it is predicated on the idea that the most important thing a woman has to offer the world is her appearance.”

    Because at the heart of it, they are all mean girl nasty; snarky egotists. So, it took me awhile to realize that Knoll has perfectly nailed the whole concept of reality show contestant. And at that point, my view of the book changed and I could understand what she was trying to do.

    As the book goes on, the pace really picks up and it’s just a totally wild ride. It is a book that definitely improves with each chapter.

    This book is like junk food, you know you shouldn’t like it, but it is addictive. If you want something in the nasty fun category, than I say go for it. And do not miss the Q and A with Knoll at the end of the book. It’s fascinating to read where the inspiration for this book came from. Also, in the answers she indicates she’s writing the screenplay for her first novel. I think the traits for a good screenplay have been taken to heart, because this book reads like it’s been written totally with the idea of translating it into a movie or mini-series.

    My thanks to netgalley and Simon and Schuster for an advance copy of this book.

  • Crumb

    I am the first to admit that I love to read and watch books and shows that contain catty drama, gossip, and backstabbing. This one did not disappoint. This book was in the same vein as the Real Housewives franchise (Carol and I did a buddy read together, and she made this astute observation). I couldn't agree with her more.

    This book was about a reality show called, "The Goal Diggers." The show's aim was to showcase high-powered women carving out a name for themse

    I am the first to admit that I love to read and watch books and shows that contain catty drama, gossip, and backstabbing. This one did not disappoint. This book was in the same vein as the Real Housewives franchise (Carol and I did a buddy read together, and she made this astute observation). I couldn't agree with her more.

    This book was about a reality show called, "The Goal Diggers." The show's aim was to showcase high-powered women carving out a name for themselves in the male-dominated world of business. The book follows two of the show's characters, Brett and Stephanie. There are many other characters in the book, other women in the reality show, however it is mainly Brett and Stephanie's story.

    In the beginning of this book, I really didn't like it at all. There were too many characters being introduced and I had no idea what was going on. In addition, the plot didn't really takeoff until the halfway point. However, once it did, there was twists and turns and drama, galore! Also, I felt more comfortable with all of the different characters, too. Eventually, I had a firm grasp on who all the major players were in the story.

    I did not like this book as much as

    's debut novel,

    , but I enjoyed it, nevertheless. Knoll's sophomore book, had the same caustic humor and sarcastic bite that Knoll executed effortlessly in her debut. I could definitely hear her voice within the pages; trademark of an established and impressive author.

    Carol and I read this together, as a buddy read. If you would like to view our thoughts and comments, please

    Please note that we marked all spoilers.

  • Meredith

    is about 5 women who continuously tear each other down on a reality TV show (a la The Real Housewives) that “espouses” feminism. These women do whatever it takes to stay relevant and remain in the spotlight.

    Stephanie, Brett, Kelly, Lauren, and Jen are the stars of Goal Diggers--a reality show that s

    is about 5 women who continuously tear each other down on a reality TV show (a la The Real Housewives) that “espouses” feminism. These women do whatever it takes to stay relevant and remain in the spotlight.

    Stephanie, Brett, Kelly, Lauren, and Jen are the stars of Goal Diggers--a reality show that showcases millennial women in their attempts to build successful careers, while at the same time give back through philanthropic causes. All 5 women create TV persona’s built on lies--they have fake relationships, fake friendships, and support fake feminist causes. Fearful of losing their role on the show, these women stop at nothing in order to remain on the show even if it means destroying someone they care about.

    Told through Stephanie, Brett, and Kelly’s POV’s, I found the pacing slow. I almost DNF’d it in the beginning because I couldn’t get into it and found that were too many characters to keep up with. I was curious to see how things were going to play out and wanted to know what secrets everyone was hiding, so I kept on reading. I can’t say it was worth it.

    The main point

    seems explore is whether or not women can be successful without feeling threatened by other women.

  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister

    OK, I have a secret to share. One of my guilty pleasures is watching reality T.V. Shocking right!?!😳 I’d like to think I’m a level-headed educated woman. But sometimes, for just an hour...I like to lose myself in the somewhat staged and probably scripted world of

    Don’t you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes? How the characters interact when the camera is no longer rolling? Well here is your sneak peek...and let me warn you, it’s not pretty!

    There are so many characters in th

    OK, I have a secret to share. One of my guilty pleasures is watching reality T.V. Shocking right!?!😳 I’d like to think I’m a level-headed educated woman. But sometimes, for just an hour...I like to lose myself in the somewhat staged and probably scripted world of

    Don’t you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes? How the characters interact when the camera is no longer rolling? Well here is your sneak peek...and let me warn you, it’s not pretty!

    There are so many characters in this book that I just couldn’t keep up nor could I keep them apart.

    Sadly, this one kind of missed the mark for me. I was never able to connect to the characters and had a hard time following along. Told in multiple POV’s Stephanie’s character was the only one I really cared about (maybe just a little).

    There are so many mixed reviews for this one. Don’t let me sway you! If you enjoy your dose of reality TV, (our secret🤫) then you may really enjoy this one!

    A fantastic Traveling Sister read!🤗💞

    Thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster and Jessica Knoll for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  • Deanna

    My reviews can also be found at:

    2.5 Stars

    I was really intrigued after reading the description for this novel.

    In the novel, five successful women are starring in Season 4 of

    a popular reality show.

    purports that it’s different than other reality TV. This show is supposed to be about women who are doing so

    My reviews can also be found at:

    2.5 Stars

    I was really intrigued after reading the description for this novel.

    In the novel, five successful women are starring in Season 4 of

    a popular reality show.

    purports that it’s different than other reality TV. This show is supposed to be about women who are doing some amazing things with their lives as well as supporting other women (at least that’s what they are trying to portray).

    Brett Courtney is the fan favorite. Brett achieved success with her spin studio SPOKE that she runs with her sister, Kelly Courtney. Kelly is new to

    and the veteran staff isn’t all that welcoming. The sisters have some deep-rooted issues stemming from childhood and have a difficult relationship, to say the least.

    Stephanie Simmons is the oldest cast member. Stephanie is married to Vince. Stephanie and Brett are former best friends. They had a falling out but no one really knows what happened.

    Lauren Fun is a creator of some very successful apps. She had some personal issues in previous seasons but this is supposed to be her comeback season.

    Lastly, we have Jen Greenberg who became successful through her very popular vegan food line. She’s also known to be the most ruthless of all the ladies.

    The producers hope that the season will be drama filled and shocking. However, they have no idea just how shocking things will get.…

    When I first saw the title I actually thought it said GOLD Diggers and wondered how that was supposed to empower women? Then I realized it actually said GOAL Diggers, which made much more sense. I was really interested in learning about the characters and reading about the ins and outs of the show itself. I know it’s a fiction book but I imagine a lot of what happens in the book really goes on in these reality shows. However, after a while, the personalities started to grate on me. Everyone was ruthless. I couldn’t decide who I was rooting for as almost everyone was unlikable.

    However, I REALLY wanted to know how things were going to turn out. I figured out a few things but I was shocked by the ending. I honestly didn’t see it coming.

    I really was excited about this book and while I’m glad that I finished it…I still felt let down. I’m not exactly sure why. The negativity didn't help. Definitely had to suspend disbelief at times, but that usually isn't an issue for me. Normally it doesn’t bother me whether or not there are likeable characters, but I had a harder time with this one. Although this wasn't my favorite read, I do feel the author told a decent story and I believe many readers will love it.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]

    I know, I know. This is a very popular book with some off the charts reviews. It's just not for me. I tried so many times to read THE FAVORITE SISTER. I've had the galley for ages and that wasn't working for me. Then, I downloaded the audiobook and gave it another serious try. Nope. Not happening.

    I think I may have aged out of the targeted demographic for Jessica Knoll books. My 20-year old daughter and I took a long road trip a couple of years ago and listened to Knoll's THE LUCKIEST

    I know, I know. This is a very popular book with some off the charts reviews. It's just not for me. I tried so many times to read THE FAVORITE SISTER. I've had the galley for ages and that wasn't working for me. Then, I downloaded the audiobook and gave it another serious try. Nope. Not happening.

    I think I may have aged out of the targeted demographic for Jessica Knoll books. My 20-year old daughter and I took a long road trip a couple of years ago and listened to Knoll's THE LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE and we went absolutely gaga over it! It was such an entertaining, dark and twisty book! We both loved it so much.

    This book, however, is more chick-lit, with countless characters and POV's. It's about the women that star on a reality TV show and it reads like a script from a Lifetime movie. Hey, I love my reality TV, and I'm sure this book gets better if you stick with it--I just gotta throw in the towel early on this one.

    I really think Knoll is an extremely talented writer and I will deff try any future books. But, THE FAVORITE SISTER is going to be passed down to my daughter- it might be perfect for her!

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Sadly, I have tried reading this book on two separate occasions now, and during this second attempt have only managed to make it a measly 10% in over a period of almost one week. One of my goals this year was not to push through books I'm not enjoying (as it never seems to result in a productive review for the author or publisher), so I'd rather stop here and state that it just wasn't for me. I would, however, encourage you to check out the positive reviews on Goodreads, as these readers have hi

    Sadly, I have tried reading this book on two separate occasions now, and during this second attempt have only managed to make it a measly 10% in over a period of almost one week. One of my goals this year was not to push through books I'm not enjoying (as it never seems to result in a productive review for the author or publisher), so I'd rather stop here and state that it just wasn't for me. I would, however, encourage you to check out the positive reviews on Goodreads, as these readers have highlighted aspects that you may find interesting and will help you decide if this book is right for YOU. I wish the author, publisher, and all those promoting the book much success and connections with the right readers. <3

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