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. One of them has it all. One of them wants it all. But they can't both win. Stella and Violet are best friends, and from the moment they met in college, they knew their roles. Beautiful, privileged,...

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Title:Necessary People
Author:Anna Pitoniak
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Necessary People Reviews

  • Michelle

    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 littl

    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!

  • Blair

    This will be a short but very enthusiastic review.

    is a real treat, an absolute delight, and I devoured it in a blissful haze. It's a sophisticated, glossy, smooth-as-silk literary thriller about ambition, rivalry and privilege. Two college 'friends' – one poor and driven, the other wealthy and devious – end up working for the same TV network, where the competition between them turns poisonous. I was rooting for our heroine, Violet, all the way; her rival, Stella, is a true love

    This will be a short but very enthusiastic review.

    is a real treat, an absolute delight, and I devoured it in a blissful haze. It's a sophisticated, glossy, smooth-as-silk literary thriller about ambition, rivalry and privilege. Two college 'friends' – one poor and driven, the other wealthy and devious – end up working for the same TV network, where the competition between them turns poisonous. I was rooting for our heroine, Violet, all the way; her rival, Stella, is a true love-to-hate villain (imagine Regina George grew up to be a news anchor). It's both a smart exploration of the way different advantages (or lack of) structure one's life, and an utterly compelling tale of suspense. I

    it, and it's going to be on my best-of-2019 list for certain.

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  • 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.

  • Cody | codysbookshelf

    Well, this book was gloomier than I anticipated. I expected a frothy, passable — and at least somewhat predictable — thriller. One I would finish and rate three stars, one I would forget about soon after moving on to something else.

    is one of the finest contemporary thrillers I’ve read in some time. I could not put it down; no, I could not . . . nor did I want to.

    Anna Pitoniak has crafted a searing and sinister look at the politics of female friendships and broadcast news, and w

    Well, this book was gloomier than I anticipated. I expected a frothy, passable — and at least somewhat predictable — thriller. One I would finish and rate three stars, one I would forget about soon after moving on to something else.

    is one of the finest contemporary thrillers I’ve read in some time. I could not put it down; no, I could not . . . nor did I want to.

    Anna Pitoniak has crafted a searing and sinister look at the politics of female friendships and broadcast news, and what can happen when two (differently) ambitious women go after one another.

    I read this with my friend Emily (book.happy), and as we were reading we said we didn’t care much for the main characters. Stella and Violet, best friends, women with sharp edges in their personalities, are quite unlikable at times . . . at times I want to shake both of them, I got so frustrated . . . but they have sympathetic moments too. That’s how all the characters in this book are, really. Pitoniak is evidently quite skilled at writing people who live in the gray areas. There are no heroes or villains here. Only people.

    For a short thriller, this book features fantastic character development, smart commentary, and a strong sense of time and place. While very much a novel of 2019,

    tells a timeless story: one of convenient love and unhealthy friendships and regret and ambition. Recommended!

  • Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach

    I thought Necessary People was great. I spent the whole book rooting for Violet and kind of hating Stella, which I think was the point. The author did a great job of showing how "necessary" they each were to each other and why their toxic friendship continued for so many years.

    I thought Necessary People was great. I spent the whole book rooting for Violet and kind of hating Stella, which I think was the point. The author did a great job of showing how "necessary" they each were to each other and why their toxic friendship continued for so many years.

    I think the book was about 50 pages too long, but overall, pretty darn good.

  • 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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  • Kim ~ Traveling Sister

    Review to come!

  • Caroline

    As a suspense-thriller,

    is like most contemporary offerings in this genre: It’s page-turning; it’s really easy to read; and it’s escapist and exciting. But that’s it. I was especially disappointed that the author never developed her characters in meaningful ways. These are some of the most black-and-white, cliched main characters I’ve ever encountered.

    More to come.

  • Book of the Month

    Why I love it

    by Cristina Arreola

    Most people, I’m willing to bet, have experienced a friendship that exists on a spectrum of love and competition, where the marking point could exist, perversely, at both ends at the exact same time. Violet and Stella, the protagonists of Anna Pitoniak’s

    , epitomize that type of relationship—the kind where adoration and jealousy mix together in a toxic tonic that both women are only too ready to drink.

    Violet, our narrator, grew up poor and emotiona

    Why I love it

    by Cristina Arreola

    Most people, I’m willing to bet, have experienced a friendship that exists on a spectrum of love and competition, where the marking point could exist, perversely, at both ends at the exact same time. Violet and Stella, the protagonists of Anna Pitoniak’s

    , epitomize that type of relationship—the kind where adoration and jealousy mix together in a toxic tonic that both women are only too ready to drink.

    Violet, our narrator, grew up poor and emotionally abused in the Florida Panhandle; Stella, her best friend from college, hails from a rich New England family. After graduating, Stella parties her way across the world while Violet throws herself into her new internship at a cable news station, working hard enough to land herself a coveted promotion. It’s here that the story takes an icy turn: Stella, jealous of Violet’s success, uses her family connections to score a job at the station, and she quickly becomes a star—among audiences, executives, and Violet’s best work friend, Jamie, who soon becomes Stella’s boyfriend. Violet simmers in silence, but when Stella takes credit for her biggest story to-date, resentment boils and the unthinkable happens.

    What happens when your greatest enemy is the person you love most in the world? And what happens when someone who grew up with

    senses a challenge to the life she’s built for herself? “You come from nowhere,” the cable news station’s icy director, Ginny, tells Violet near the end of the novel. “And a woman with nothing to lose—I don’t trust her for one second.”

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