The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll
What I drank: pingers of wine from Christmas parties. The recycling looks like Bree Van De Camp lives here.
What it’s about, from Goodreads:
“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…”
It’s a reality cast show thats suppposed to be better than the other shows…but isn’t. And then someone ends up dead and also secrets, but the dead part happens early on. No duh I picked this up, my Real Housewives love runs deep.
Our major players:
– Brett, the youngest and wildcard of the cast (or, RHONY’s Bethenny)
– Kelly, Brett’s older sister and business partner, and cast newbie (kind of a Carole, or an early RHOBH Kyle)
– Stephanie, the black cast member and the oldest, who has had a falling out w Brett (somewhere between a Kim Zolciak-Biermann and a Jill)
– Lauren, a dating app founder and luuuuush (that is some Sonja shit)
– Jen, the faux holistic hippie (vibes of Yolanda but more of an Erika Jayne)
This was just all over the place. For a book called The Favorite Sister, there was just so much that didn’t focus on Brett and Kelly. SO much background on some characters, and SO little on others that would have helped balance the uneven narration. (The slowwww pacing of info reveal didn’t help.) To avoid spoilers but address things I want to bitch abt:
– one character’s progression just came so out of left field; the endgame works for the story’s climax, but there was SCANT groundwork laid
– given the ending, the open felt overly deceptive, and I was kinda pissy. It betrayed my trust as a reader.
What I did enjoy was the very visceral expressions of anger and violence the women display toward each other. The best example is between Brett and Kelly, who even as adults physically kick the shit out of each other. I heard on a podcast that one of the best things about the Real Housewives franchise is it provides women a platform to act, well, unwomanly. They FIGHT, verbally and physically, and people tune in. It’s unusual and refreshing to see woman behaving “badly.”
Also, the “behind the scenes” sections were pretty realistic, based on the few times I’ve gotten to see RHOP scenes being filmed.
Overall, not satisfied.
What I gave it: 2 stars
What I would pair it with: BASIC. Ramona’s Pinot Grigio, or Lisa Vanderpump’s rose, or pick a Housewives booze line that isn’t my blessed Skinnygitl.