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Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak

Necessary People

by Anna Pitoniak

Quick take

Stella and Violet are BFFs. And coworkers. Oh, and mortal enemies.

Good to know

  • Slow build

  • Female friendships

  • Love triangle

  • Unlikeable narrator

Why I love it

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 Necessary People, epitomize that type of relationship—the kind where adoration and jealousy mix together in a toxic tonic that both women are onl...


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 wa...


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    May 2019