All We Ever Wanted

All We Ever Wanted

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"The new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of First Comes Love raises the daunting question: In the midst of a scandal that threatens a perfect life, how far are you willing to go to protect the ones you love? Nina Browning married a third-generation Nashvillian, enjoys a newly lavish lifestyle thanks to the sudden success of her husband's tech business, and has a son, Finch, who just got accepted to Princeton. Thomas Talone is a single dad, works multiple jobs and has a daughter, Lila, who was recently accepted to Nashville's most prestigious private high school on a scholarship. They couldn't be prouder. Then scandal strikes, and the worlds of these very different families collide. Lila passes out at a party, drunk and half-naked. Finch snaps a picture, types out a caption and click--sends it out to a few friends. The photo spreads quickly, and soon heated reactions bubble throughout the already-divided community. Before long, the families find themselves in the midst of an ethical war as their community takes sides, throws blame and implodes. The gray area between right and wrong grows thick, and Nina and Tom are forced to question every assumption they've held about love and family loyalty. Emily Giffin tells a riveting story of characters who face impossible choices--but emerge to live a life truer to themselves than they ever had before."--
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780385689700
Characteristics: 334 pages ;,25 cm.

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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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cdschmidt
Sep 17, 2018

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.

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emilycard10
Sep 09, 2018

“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!

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mjk236sb
Sep 02, 2018

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.

lauz32 Aug 22, 2018

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.

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bookpusher
Aug 19, 2018

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

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KMertes89
Aug 19, 2018

Easy read, I had difficulty putting it down. Shows that people can be true to themselves and where they came from.

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lindahartm52
Aug 18, 2018

Wealth, Nashville/Belle Meade, honesty, sexual abuse, suicide, redemption, building a real home and sanctuary

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writermala
Aug 14, 2018

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.

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