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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.
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-
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I was very excited to get to read this book, as I have enjoyed all of the books by Emily Giffin so far. Sadly, this book did not meet my expectations. The story line started great, but fizzled somewhat. I would've loved to have seen the son punished for his crime. The ending was disappointing. I would probably would've enjoyed this book more if I didn't have higher expectations. That being said, it was still a decent book.
“All We Ever Wanted” was such a great read! It brought up so many current issues, especially the Me Too movement, the youth of today and touched upon racism. This was all the while looking into many different perspectives of characters from different backgrounds but linked by the same incident. This book left me thinking about how people handle tough situations differently and how it always comes down to central things: being a good person or having power and money. I would totally recommend this book, one of the best I’ve read this summer! Even though it’s a 7 day loan, you should have no trouble finishing it well in advance. Enjoy!
Book starts out with a common thread that is happening today with the use of text and social media that is ruling the life of teens everyday. However even though she started out with a serious issue I felt that she fell down with the conclusion. There were no consequences. She had the chance to make a difference in some of the things that have always happened in our society where no one is held up for the wrongs they commit - but she just made this an incident where no one paid for their wrong doings and was still rewarded in life. So sad.
This book begs the question, what would you do if it was your child? Two sides of a very different story, looking into the world of social media and teenagers, and the sharing of nude photos, I really enjoyed this book. Emily Giffin seems to be tackling more current events in her novels, shying away from her earlier romance novels, and she is giving Jodi Piccoult a run for her money. A real page turner.
This is the August selection for my online book club (Bitter is the New Book Club). I really disliked this family, but it all worked out in the end. I even believe he's truly sorry
Easy read, I had difficulty putting it down. Shows that people can be true to themselves and where they came from.
Wealth, Nashville/Belle Meade, honesty, sexual abuse, suicide, redemption, building a real home and sanctuary
I can't say that Emily Giffin was at her best in this book but I did read it in one sitting. Nashville elite Nina, Kirk, and Finch Browning are millionaires and Finch has been accepted to Princeton much to his parents's delight. Is that going to be jeopardized by one silly photograph of Lyla (Tom's daughter) Volpe? Giffin has created strong characters. I loved hating Kirk, and I loved loving Nina, as for Finch I couldn't be sure. Lyla and Tom, who lived on the "wrong side of the tracks" were passionate people whom one had to like. The problem with the book was that the story consisted only of this one prank and its repercussions; so it dragged on in some places. Not a bad read all in all.
Easy read and good characters. Story all of a sudden seemed rushed at the end.
Another great story told by Emily Giffin. 3 different narrators in a story that unfolds with so many sides to examine.
A very interesting novel that zooms through the pages, and makes you want to keep reading even when it is bedtime. Her books are always fabulous and fun. She can;t write them fast enough for me as I love her style of writing.
Reading this book is such a waste of time. Tiring reading the author's political views. I just want to read a novel for enjoyment .
a timely story about the implications of being hormonal teenagers with little impulse control. this was more like the early emily giffin books, a fast summer read.
Another fantastic novel from Emily Giffin!
Nina, Lyla and Tom are such distinct but similar voices and characters. There are so many different themes running throughout the narrative but they all intertwine to tell a story about finding yourself and discovering strength to be your own person.