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-