#FuturisticFriday Review: The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

The Favorite Sister

Summary: 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 mates.

Kelly, Brett’s older sister and business partner, is the most recent recruit, dismissed as a hanger-on by veteran cast. The golden child growing up, she defers to Brett now—a role which requires her to protect their shocking secret.

Stephanie, the first black cast member and the oldest, is a successful bestselling author of erotic novels. There have long been whispers about her hot, non-working actor-husband and his wandering eye, but this season the focus is on the rift that has opened between her and Brett, former best friends—and resentment soon breeds contempt.

Lauren, the start-up world’s darling whose drinking has gotten out of control, is Goal Diggers’ recovery narrative—everyone loves a comeback story.

And Jen, made rich and famous through her cultishly popular vegan food line plays a holistic hippie for the cameras, but is perhaps the most ruthless of them all when the cameras are off.

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

After reading Luckiest Girl Alive, I knew what Jess Knoll was capable of. I also loved the sound of The Favorite Sister. But did it live up to my expectations?


The Favorite Sister is a book that should sit well with most reality TV fans. I am not a fan of The Real Housewives franchise or The Bachelor franchise (however that is just me!) After reading this, I felt like I needed a shower. All the dirty details, secrets, underhandness of the characters.


What I Liked:

The cover. It was def eye-catching.

What I THINK Jess ultimate message was: I’m paraphrasing here- but one of the character’s (Stephanie, I think) was talking about what the show was supposed to be about- a showing of the accomplishments and support amongst the women- but that no one wants to watch a show like that- so that is how the show became what it is- and ultimately became popular,

I think Jess Knoll wanted to shine a light on society in general- why can’t we want to watch a show where the women support each other and everyone is kind? It’s a question I can’t answer- other than to say that it doesn’t make for good TV.


What I didn’t like:

The characters. By the end, nobody had any redeeming qualities. Each time you thought someone had went as low as they could- there was someone else ready and willing to go even lower.


Bottom line: At first, after I finished this book- I really liked it. But the more I thought about it, the less I liked it.  I do think book clubs would enjoy being able to pick  this book apart.


*The Favorite Sister was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*


**The Favorite Sister was a May #FuturisticFriday selection of Traveling With T’s.**


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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

8 thoughts on “#FuturisticFriday Review: The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

  1. Sarah's Book Shelves says:

    I really liked this one, but I am a Real Housewives and Bachelor fan and am fascinated by the behind the scenes of reality TV. There’s definitely not a single likable character in there..but I think that’s sometimes true in real life reality TV too!

    • I think I was at first fascinated in a train wreck kinda way about the behind the scenes of the reality TV. But then, it just started getting to me- how low they would go and then I started picking apart each character- what I didn’t love about them until I finally realized that there was not one character I liked. At all. I def think reality tv fans will get a lot more enjoyment out of this book!

  2. I’ve become fascinated by reality TV in the past few years, so I’m definitely interested in the premise of this one! I do think I prefer a book with at least one person I can root for though 🙂

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