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Necessary People

Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson
Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
4 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)

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Publisher's 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.

Written with propulsive intensity, Necessary People explores the dangerous fault lines of female friendships and plumbs the limits of ambition, loyalty, and love.

©2019 Anna Pitoniak (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A complex, sharply written novel of female friendship and competition. The story of ambitious, brilliant Violet and her moneyed, beautiful best friend Stella is everything I want from a novel and more. Rife with plot twists and rich with insights, this is a book that will leave you desperate for whatever Anna Pitoniak writes next." (Julie Buntin, author of Marlena)

"Propulsive...Pitoniak's prose keeps a quick pace, and her characters and the TV-news setting ring true...Hand this to readers who like books exploring the dark side of female friendships, à la Megan Abbott, or fans of Tara Isabella Burton's The Social Creature." (Kathy Sexton, Booklist)

"A chilling mix of charm, danger, suspense and surprises... you think you know where this book is going--but you don't." (Lee Child)

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Excellent!

I loved the cut throat girl power vibe this book channeled. It was nice having relationships be a footnote for once, and for the focus to be on the ambitious women. More of this, please!

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  • LC
  • 05-31-19

Good story. Kept me entertained.

I liked it although the characters frustrated me only because I could relate to the situation of the friendship. Not sure if I liked the conclusion or not, but I stayed entertained the whole time.

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Impressively Uninventive

Wow. I saw this book at the front fiction tables of more than one respectable NYC bookstore and thought it must be half decent. NOPE. Idiotic dialogue, characters have the depth of inflatable pools and they are somehow all simultaneously irritating beyond belief!! Predictable plot line despite the illogical relational behavior of each character. I kept listening PRAYING it would take a turn for the compelling or sympathetic, but I gave up with an hour left to go because I decided my brain deserves better than this garbage.

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  • Birderliz
  • Klamath Falls, Oregon United States
  • 06-13-19

Surprisingly good

This caught me off guard as an excellent story; I expected the typical predictable story but this story grabs you & just keeps going!