All We Ever Wantedby Published 26 Jun 2018
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In the riveting new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of First Comes Love and Something Borrowed, three very different people must choose between their family and their values.
Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton. Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she’s strayed from the person she once was.
Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville’s most prestigious private school.
Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn’t always fit in—and her overprotective father doesn’t help—but in most ways, she’s a typical teenaged girl, happy and thriving.
Then, one photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame.
At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together—all questioning their closest relationships, asking themselves who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning.
All We Ever Wanted Reviews
This was a great book! I started to read it and I didn't want to put it down. The story is told by three characters points of view. I usually don't like when books are written this way, one chapter for each character. I really enjoyed it in this story and feel is was so well written.
The three characters are Nina, Tom and Lyla. All three of these characters are endearing. Nina is a strong woman and by far my favorite character. I love that she sticks to her beliefs no matter what. Tom, the single father, is also a great character who is looking out for his daughter. He was a great dad. Lyla is the teenage daughter who goes through so much, but is so strong and amazing.
I wanted to scream at Lyla so much through this book. She frustrated me like my own 16 year old daughter! :) But you rooted for her and she was amazing and strong. I was so happy how it ended up for her. And Nina, I'm not even sure what to say about her. I absolutely loved this character. She was amazing. She took a stand and I was so proud!
The characters were fantastic and the story was enthralling. I was angry and I cried. I really enjoyed it and I told my daughter she should read it next. It's sitting on her bed now. She came downstairs as I was headed up with tears running down my face. LOL!
This is a truly powerful, wonderful novel. It’s been many years since I’ve read an Emily Giffin novel, but I enjoyed those books and was excited to read this one. My previous experience with her work did not prepare me for the complex, layered, serious manner of this excellent book.
For most of the first chapter, I thought this was going to be a book about a couple that went from well-off to obscenely wealthy having marital woes. Boo hoo. But when I learned what it was really about, it took a dark turn.
It was important that the story was told from multiple points of view of the mother of the boy accused of taking the comprising photograph of a passed-out girl at a party, the father of the girl, and Lyla herself because you can’t quite figure out who is telling the truth about that night. Also, it’s about the way teenagers don’t want to disappoint their parents, and parents want to do their best for their kids.
There were pleasing twists in the story, and I cried my guts out at the end. Highly recommend.
Thanks so much to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for the opportunity to review this book, which RELEASES JUNE 26, 2018.
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Emily Giffin has always been A MUST READ author to me. Her novels read like a great romantic comedy and he characters are palpable. Her novels are filled with great dialogue and great characters. Usually she is in my beach bag or for a late night relaxing read. So I was beyond elated when I won a physical ARC of this novel and then was provided a copy from NetGalley (thank you author, thank you Penguin!) I moved this novel to the top of my "to read" mountain and started right away. Like with Giffin's other novels I was automatically transported into the heart and head of the characters. I loved the setting of an elite prep school and a small area of Nashville which houses both the "right" and "wrong" side of tracks. I could picture the roadways and the shops and all the characters. Beyond the setting, the cliff hanger at the end of the first chapter hooked me and never let me go.
There are 3 MC and 3 distinct POVs in this novel:
NINA - A wife and Mother. She comes from humble beginnings, married for love, had a child for pride and to feel unconditional love. As she begins to navigate her son, Fitch's, teen years her husband strikes it rich. Now in an attempt to keep Fitch's feet on the ground and to raise him as a person who works for what he has she is at odds with the money and possibly her husband's stance on life. Its the first time she has felt this in their marriage.
TOM- A blue collar, working man who lives on the other side of town. Tom is a single father trying his hardest to run a business and raise his beautiful daughter, Lyla. Tom sends Lyla to a prestigious prep school but never fully fits in. Couple his ostracized feelings with his fear that Lyla may become like her Mother - a woman who abandoned her- Tom is very strict and worried about outside influences.
LYLA - a 15 year old hs sophomore trying to shed her parent's past. Her mother, a beautiful and free spirited Brazilian left years ago, her father works two jobs and tries to parent and befriend her. Lyla is a "financed" student at the Prep School and just wants to fit in. Sometimes fitting in means -- drinking, smoking and having sex.
All 3 of these characters are joined by blood or where they live but throughout their story we find that they share even more. Nina's son, Fitch, has always been a "good kid". Likeable, funny and to Nina's chagrin spoiled. His father hands over money instead of discipline or praise. for Kirk - money fixes all.
When these characters world's collide through a photo of Lyla found on Fitch's phone, we as the reader are sent on a mission of justice, fairness and friendship.
Ms. Giffin tackles the categories of racism, elitism, sexual assault and harassment and affluence. Never does she come across as "preachy" or condescending.
While this book certainly will find itself into my beach bag and on my favorites shelf, Ms Giffin has raised her game. I cant wait to share this novel!
I had a really tough time following this story. I did not connect with the characters or the story line for that matter. DNF at 20%. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for this complimentary book. All opinions expressed are my own.
Timely, provocative, and endlessly thought-provoking. Giffin at her page-turning best!