Necessary People

Necessary People

A propulsive, "chilling" (Lee Child) novel exploring the dangerous fault lines of female friendships, Necessary People deftly plumbs the limits of ambition, loyalty, and love. Named one of the Best Books of May by Marie Claire, Town & Country, Refinery29, Cosmopolitan, Woman's Day, Bustle, CrimeReads, and O, the Oprah Magazine.One of them has it all. One of them wants...

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Title:Necessary People
Author:Anna Pitoniak
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Necessary People Reviews

  • Michelle

    ****HITS SHELVES TODAY!!! DON'T MISS THIS GEM OF A NOVEL!****

    This book is everything I want in a novel. I savored every single page. In one word -

    Violet and Stella meet in college and quickly become best of friends. The two young women come from very different backgrounds. Violet, couldn't wait to escape to college from her poor upbringing in the middle-of-nowhere Florida by neglectful parents. A quiet but determined young woman she's the perfect friend for the flighty Stella. Stella,

    ****HITS SHELVES TODAY!!! DON'T MISS THIS GEM OF A NOVEL!****

    This book is everything I want in a novel. I savored every single page. In one word -

    Violet and Stella meet in college and quickly become best of friends. The two young women come from very different backgrounds. Violet, couldn't wait to escape to college from her poor upbringing in the middle-of-nowhere Florida by neglectful parents. A quiet but determined young woman she's the perfect friend for the flighty Stella. Stella, on the other hand, was raised in a wealthy family with little care and regard for anyone or anything around her. Beautiful but reckless she adores it when Violet swoops in to save her time and time again.

    When Violet finally gets her foot in the door at a cable news station it seems like a dream come true. With hard work, ambition, and endless determination she quickly begins climbing the corporate ladder. So what happens when Stella returns from traveling the world and sees just how successful Violet has become?

    Stella, jealous of Violets success and her endless hours at work, decides to make a few phone calls that ultimately land her a job at the same cable news station. While Violet frets behind the camera it appears that Stella's own star is beginning to rise in front of the camera and casts a shadow on everything that Violet has worked so hard for. When best friends become rivals someone is bound to win and someone is bound to lose.

    OMG!!! I loved this. I should mention I have always been intrigued by journalism and reporters and all things news so this was just so delightful to read about. It was the perfect juicy, scandalous, let's pass the popcorn type of read. I really can't praise this one enough. 5 Delicious stars!

  • Liz

    An interesting novel about what happens when two friends clash. Stella and Violet are polar opposites. Stella has it all - beauty, money, personality. Violet has ambition and brains. She comes from the wrong side of the tracks, not just a lack of money but the mother from hell who doesn’t even want to see her daughter succeed. She’s doing everything she can to put her past behind her. Initially they bonded at college and bolstered each other. After college, Stella takes off to travel the world b

    An interesting novel about what happens when two friends clash. Stella and Violet are polar opposites. Stella has it all - beauty, money, personality. Violet has ambition and brains. She comes from the wrong side of the tracks, not just a lack of money but the mother from hell who doesn’t even want to see her daughter succeed. She’s doing everything she can to put her past behind her. Initially they bonded at college and bolstered each other. After college, Stella takes off to travel the world but Violet is still using Stella’s coattails to maintain a certain standard of living. She carves out her own niche as she gains traction on a cable news show.

    Pitoniak gives us an insider’s view of the world of cable news - the dynamics, the interaction of the team, the pressure. It was the perfect industry for these two to face off.

    What struck me as odd is that Violet, for all her intelligence, doesn’t see Stella for what she is - a spoiled brat. But maybe that’s 63 year old me seeing what the young cannot. And like a typical spoiled brat, Stella wants what she doesn’t have. Jealous of Violet’s job, she immediately gets an entree into the same network.

    The title is spot on perfect. Stella needs/uses Violet. Even Stella’s family uses Violet like some hybrid family servant.

    Remember those horror movies when you’d be screaming at folks on the screen not to do something? I found myself doing that with Violet. And that was even before things took a wild, wild turn. And after the turn, well I can honestly say I didn’t know how I wanted this to end.

    Great writing and characters, too, on top of the fast paced story. Just a fun read that I didn’t want to put down.

    My thanks to netgalley and Little, Brown for an advance copy of this novel.

  • Susanne  Strong

    Stella is gorgeous, rich and popular, with family everyone wants. Violet is pretty, intelligent and hardworking. Stella is jealous of what Violet achieves; Violet is jealous of who Stella is. Best Friends and frenemies who meet in College, without each other, they cease to exist. Violet is down to earth, kind and decent. Stella is unreal, wealthy, snobby and well, r

    Stella is gorgeous, rich and popular, with family everyone wants. Violet is pretty, intelligent and hardworking. Stella is jealous of what Violet achieves; Violet is jealous of who Stella is. Best Friends and frenemies who meet in College, without each other, they cease to exist. Violet is down to earth, kind and decent. Stella is unreal, wealthy, snobby and well, rude. They go together like oil and vinegar, so different and yet, it’s like pure perfection.

    Thank you to NetGalley, Little, Brown and Company and Anna Pitoniak for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

    Published on Goodreads and Netgalley on 2.26.19.

    *Will be Published on Amazon and Twitter on 5.21.19.

  • Lola

    I love, absolutely LOVE, reading about ambitious women. In the context of this book, we’re talking about women who put their careers before anything else—romances, friends and even family members. Because not everyone can do it. Putting something above anything else requires sacrifice. Strength. Knowing what you want from and in life and going for it and not stopping until you reach your goal.

    If what you want is a husband and children and you do everything and ANYTHING to have them and work har

    I love, absolutely LOVE, reading about ambitious women. In the context of this book, we’re talking about women who put their careers before anything else—romances, friends and even family members. Because not everyone can do it. Putting something above anything else requires sacrifice. Strength. Knowing what you want from and in life and going for it and not stopping until you reach your goal.

    If what you want is a husband and children and you do everything and ANYTHING to have them and work hard on maintaining a good relationship with them, FABULOUS. That’s ambition, too. But if you want a husband and children and don’t go on dates or give good guys a chance, and yet every night you pout and whine and wonder why a woman like you can’t have what so many others do, well that’s not being AMBITIOUS.

    What we have here is a young woman (Violet) who is used to being in her best friend (Stella)’s shadow. Until, one day, she has had enough. No more waiting around for texts to come. No more wondering how to capture Stella’s attention. No more performing actions for the sake of HOLDING Stella’s attention. She wants her own life. Her own shadow. And does get it, because ambition produces concrete results. But when she is forced in Stella’s shadow again, her ambition takes her down a dark path…

    I have read the author’s debut novel THE FUTURES and enjoyed it very much. This is different though. In her debut, Anna Pitoniak’s female characters were strong, but here they are FIERCE. They are talented, they are snarky, they are annoying and blunt and sometimes weird and unsmiling and selfish and spoiled and so on. And yet… boy did I admire them. Even those that cared about what people thought of them had a fire inside them. Even the ones that fit the category of ‘‘villains’’ won my respect.

    You know what doesn’t win my respect? People who try hard to please other people. People who act like it’s their job to make another person happy. People who don’t realize that they deserve more in life than to be in someone’s shadow or to follow orders that had no business being given. So I definitely had a love/hate relationship with the narrator who often pretends to be the good girl or doesn’t stand up for herself. But one thing I really loved about this story was how it welcomed shades of grey. Nothing is as simple as either wrong or right. You have to look at the whole picture, and the author does a great job of developing it.

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  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Four conspiracy, news worthy, ambitious, passionate, eternal darkness of spotless female rivalry stars!

    Meet with Stella makes you scream like Brando on Streetcar names desire but not for bringing her loved one back, it is for cursing her and putting nasty adjectives before her name! Because this character is notorious, nasty, pretentious, spoiled trust fund babe who has a family cherish all the steps she takes and literally worship her!

    She always gets what she wants. She’s rich, good looking an

    Four conspiracy, news worthy, ambitious, passionate, eternal darkness of spotless female rivalry stars!

    Meet with Stella makes you scream like Brando on Streetcar names desire but not for bringing her loved one back, it is for cursing her and putting nasty adjectives before her name! Because this character is notorious, nasty, pretentious, spoiled trust fund babe who has a family cherish all the steps she takes and literally worship her!

    She always gets what she wants. She’s rich, good looking and she knows how to kick you under belt!

    And let’s meet her sidekick, best friend ( at least Violet thinks like that but she has to know, a narcissist person like Stella, who thinks she is the center of the universe can only love and admire herself so she can never have real friend) Violet! She’s hard worker, dependable, trustworthy, genuine, good hearted, helpful friend who always save Stella’s ass without taking any thank you or you’re the best friend compliment in return!

    Violet was used by Stella and her family. She was still patient with their obnoxious antics because she loves them and her own family was the worst who were real verbal abusers!

    Violet starts to work in network channel as intern and with her passion, hard working and talent, she starts to climb the stairs faster that any of her associates expected! But then Stella gets bored from her European vacation so she shows up! She sees Violet’s dedication to her work and she gets jealous of her! So she steals her spotlight by working at the same network channel! She also steals her research which can bring Violet lifetime achievement and big promotion! She’s relentless, ruthless and getting nastier each day!

    So I got pissed and rooted for team Violet and wished she took what she deserves and stands up for herself!

    I don’t want to give spoilers but I can only say, when Violet literally applies the term “ payback is bitch” on her own life and turn her name as “ Violent “, everything will never be the same!

    Do I approve her actions? Well not every one of them but this book is amazingly depicting the work rules of network channels. The rules are strict, merciless, tough! You gotta have rough skin to be last one standing and do whatever it takes to win! So Violet learns to survive even she loses her humanity in each moment!

    This book is harsh, realistic, gripping but also entertaining and educating one!

    I enjoyed most parts of it ! At least last twists and ending was satisfying!

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