Necessary People

“The world leaves people broken, but they find a way to put themselves back together again.” ~ Anna Pitoniak, Necessary People.

This book has been sitting on my shelf since May and I wish I had read it sooner. I love the fact that the narrator isn’t very likable. While entertaining this book also made me sit back and think. Normally we view it as a good thing to improve our social and financial standing in society. Is there a point when it starts to have a negative impact on us? Where do we draw the line? Is there ever a point when it’s too late to do the right thing?

Violet grew up in a nowhere town in circumstances she rather no one find out about. College was her chance to start fresh. She see’s her opportunity to move up in status when fate has her rooming with Stella. A wealthy girl who hasn’t a care in the world as she heedlessly spends her families money an parties her way through College.

It seems that things are set to continue in the same vein after College as well. Violet settles into a job working in cable news and Stella floats around from one place to the next. Until Stella decides she wants what Violet has worked so hard to achieve. She lands an internship at the same news outlet as Violet and effortlessly advances from there in unheard of leaps. Violet stands back and watches yet continues on in her traditional role. Until Stella does the unthinkable and muscles her way into a story that Violet has worked tirelessly on.

We all have that relationship that is competitive, at what point do we stop the competition for the sake of the relationship? Or do we forsake the relationship for the sake of our ambitions?