Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak

May 21, 2019

One of them has it all. One of them wants it all. Only one of them can win.


Stella Bradley is beautiful, rich, and very good at getting herself into trouble. Violet Trapp is smart, self-aware, and laser-focused on escaping her humble background--especially after Stella gives her a glimpse into a world of glamour and wealth. They are best friends, and from the moment they meet in college, they know their roles: Stella in the spotlight, and Violet behind the scenes. 


After graduation, Violet moves to New York and lands a job in cable news, where she works her way up from intern to assistant to producer, and to a life where she's finally free from Stella's shadow. Until Stella decides to use her connections, beauty and charisma to land a job at the same network. Stella soon moves in front of the camera, becoming the public face of the stories that Violet has worked tirelessly to produce-and taking all the credit for it. 


But Violet isn't giving up so easily. As she and Stella strive for success, they each reveal just how far they'll go to get what they want--even if it means destroying the other person along the way.


Set against the fast-paced backdrop of TV news, Necessary People is a propulsive work of psychological suspense about ambition and privilege, about the thin line between friendship and rivalry, about the people we need in our lives--and the people we don't.


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★★★ 3 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓻 𝓡𝓮𝓲𝓿𝓮𝔀 ★★★


I really wanted to love this book. The early hype for it had me itching to read it. I had expected to devour it...


This was one of those books that started out extremely slow, then it got really good, then it just fell off for me. I got whiplash from the slow to fast throughout the story. I wasn't sure I liked it or not at different points of the book. I think I am somewhere in the middle.


The main focus on this book is social status and what people will do to ensure their get it and/or keep it. I think that is where I got stuck. I am not usually a big fan of these types of themes. The lengths the author went to show the separation of classes and statuses in this book felt forced and trite.


I am not quite sure who I deem as the hero/heroine in this book. Most of the characters have some redeeming qualities, while also possessing some really disgusting traits. I know who the hero is supposed to be, but by the end, I didn't quite like her at all. She was just as despicable as her counterpart.


I did enjoy the aspect of the newsroom in this story. Books that revolve around journalism, that include it in much of the story, tend to intrigue me. Some of those scenes, I felt like I was in them.


Overall, the author wrote this story well. It just felt too, "look at me and what I am accomplishing" and "feel bad for me". I can see why some are really enjoying this one. I am over the middle, shrugging my shoulders. 

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