All We Ever Wanted

All We Ever Wanted

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"In the new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of First Comes Love and Something Borrowed, a woman is forced to choose between her family and her most deeply held values. Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville's elite. Her husband's tech business is booming, and her adored son, Finch, is bound for Princeton. Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs. His adored daughter, Lyla, attends Nashville's most prestigious private school on a scholarship. But amid the wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn't always fit in. Then one devastating photo changes everything. Finch snaps a picture of Lyla passed out at a party, adds a provocative caption, and sends it to a few friends. The photo spreads like wildfire, and before long, an already divided community is buzzing with scandal and assigning blame. In the middle of it all, Nina finds herself relating more to Tom's reaction than her own husband's--and facing an impossible choice"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [ 2018]
ISBN: 9780399178924
0399178929
Branch Call Number: FIC Giffin E
Characteristics: 334 pages ; 25 cm

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Recommended by Brenna, Jamestown Community Library: "This book was gripping, fast paced, and emotionally charged, but also had a lot of lighthearted moments about family and the power of love. Tissues required."


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sherinepaul
Jul 21, 2020

Great book and highly recommended!!!!

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sueharris13
Jan 12, 2020

Great book~ highly recommend! Kept my interest and I think it shows how some parents are overly defined by their children ~ and not defined by their own morals and values.

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maipenrai
Jun 13, 2019

Good story and character development - recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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CL_kcls
Apr 11, 2019

I wanted to enjoy 'All We Ever Wanted'. I should have enjoyed All We Ever Wanted, after all was #5 on the NYT Bestseller list, #6 on the Publisher's Weekly Hardcover Frontlist and at one time there were more than 380 people waiting to read a copy at KCLS.

I've enjoyed Emily Giffin in the past but 'All We Ever Wanted' is not her best work and is just disappointing. We never find out why some of the main characters act the way they do. They are just so one-dimensional, while other minor characters clearly have such depth, great potential and are so interesting, yet they also are never fleshed out. 'All We Ever Wanted' is current and (I guess) realistic in this "#MeToo" era, this bullying era and this 'hate capitalism' era. But, to quote another reviewer elsewhere,
"Ms. Griffin has a heavy hand painting all the wealthy people in Belle Meade as conservative self-absorbed victimizers and Nina, the heroine as virtuous, even as she hypocritically mocks Christians, small town people, and her own loving parents. Everyone was a stereotype... "

How 'All We Ever Wanted' can be realistic, unrealistically biased, timely and boring at the same time is mind boggling and a feat in itself. I found 'All We Ever Wanted' interminable and I kept checking how much I had left to read. I wanted it to end and at the same time was disappointed in the anticlimatic, awful, makes no sense ending. I can't even make sense of how the title relates to the story.

'All We Ever Wanted' was not what I wanted. I cannot recommend this book.

2 stars, low C-

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PJD
Mar 06, 2019

I loved it, from the beginning to the end.

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Lisalars
Feb 19, 2019

I was really looking forward to reading the book and found the story to be relevant to the times.

I was really enjoying the story until I started getting near the end and realized that there weren't enough pages left to address all of the storylines. I was very disappointed by how quickly everything ended. It felt like the truth came to light and there was no story about the consequences of the actions, the author jumped into a prologue and that was the end of it. It's unfortunate that there was so much build up with so little payoff.

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JEbbett
Jan 21, 2019

A very slow heavy read through most of the story, but persevered until I finished the book and ended up enjoying the novel more than I first thought. The topics are very relevant in today's world of social media and it highlighted the interesting dynamics of how three people in one family can all react differently to the same crisis. I have read all of this author's previous works and will say I preferred her past works which have witty humor and lighter tone.

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sm_
Dec 03, 2018

The book was all about how wealthy white men get away with everything. And in the end, instead of just leaving us with that truth, the author tried to have us forgive and forget, too. It was a great book up until the epilogue.

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BohoBookDragon
Oct 24, 2018

While I get that this kind of story is important, Giffin's writing was heavy-handed and incredibly obvious in a lot of places. It didn't flow naturally and the conclusion of the story lacked closure and frankly, substance. Judging by online comments and reviews, this story is a break from what she normally writes, and it shows. It's the first book I've read by her, and it does not make me inclined to read any others. Again, stories about sexual assault are important, but this one is a disappointment.

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leahrei
Sep 24, 2018

I read this book the same week the Kavanaugh hearings were put in turmoil by accusations of sexual assault while he was in high school. Very timely. Unlike Kavanaugh's accuser, the young woman in this book came from a lower-income family and was attending a school with rich kids. The plot has some interesting twists. It's not clear whether the perpetrator, a handsome son of an affluent tech-company entrepreneur, will escape punishment for his deeds. It made me question how different the Kavanaugh accusations would be if cell-phone cameras had been around when he was in high school.

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