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Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak

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Book Summary

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, and reckless Stella lives in the spotlight. Hardworking, laser-focused Violet stays behind the scenes, always ready to clean up the mess that Stella inevitably leaves in her wake.

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. In this fast-paced world, Violet thrives, and her ambitions grow — but everything is jeopardized when Stella, envious of Violet’s new life, uses her connections, beauty, and charisma to get hired 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.

Stella might be the one with the rich family and the right friends, but Violet isn’t giving up so easily. As she and Stella strive for success, each reveals just how far she’ll go to get what she wants — even if it means destroying the other person along the way.


Condition: Like New (may contain a publisher extra mark)

Hardcover, Published May 21, 2019 by Little Brown and Company

ISBN: 9780316451703


2 reviews for Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak

  1. Chandra

    Oh good laws almighty, these girls…. Why is it so difficult to get out of toxic relationships? Here we have a story that we have seen before. Stella, the rich, entitled girl who is used to getting everything she wants. Money is no object and neither of people Violet, the girl from the wrong side of the tracks who lives in Stella’s shadow. Low self esteem but a drive underneath.

    The thing with girls like these is that it’s SO hard to find any sympathy for either girl. Stella who shits on everyone and uses and abuses people to get her way. Violet, being one of those people allowing Stella (among others) to treat her this way. Yet… they also provide for the other in their own way. Stella thrives on the attention that Violet gives her – the only person who sees Stella’s true colors and stays loyal. Violet appreciates the opportunities Stella gives her in regards to a place to live “cheaply” and somewhat a (nicer) family that she ever really had.

    What it comes down to, is how much is too much? When do either of them reach their breaking point? Is one of them better or worse than the other? It’s honestly really hard to say. I’ve seen this story before but the way the author attacks it made for a great read. This one truly sneaks up on you. While I saw certain instances coming, that added moment or two really elevated this thriller in my eyes.

    Watch the evolution of their sordid and toxic friendship and especially pay attention to Violet. Keep your friends close, your enemies closer and the advantages in your back pocket.
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  2. KC

    I really liked this one! I think a lot of people who don’t like this one are expecting more of a thriller. The first half is not a thriller, the excitement starts later on so stick with it.

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