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Every Last One

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

Powerful Book!

This is going to be a hard book to review. I really don't want to give the story away because it has some shocking parts that really need to be felt. I have enjoyed other Anna Quindlen books- Blessings, One True Thing, and Black and Blue. Anna has a way to take us into ...
This is going to be a hard book to review. I really don't want to give the story away because it has some shocking parts that really need to be felt. I have enjoyed other Anna Quindlen books- Blessings, One True Thing, and Black and Blue. Anna has a way to take us into situations that can be quite uncomfortable and makes one feel so many different emotions all at once. This book is no different.

When the book begins we are introduced to Mary Beth Latham and her family: her husband Glen an ophthalmologist, her teenage twin sons Alex and Max, and her teenage daughter Ruby. They seem to have it all even though they are not the perfect family by any means. As Max suffers from depression, Mary Beth becomes concerned for him. She is so concerned for him that she does not see the impending doom about to happen.

I had no idea what was going to happen in this book. I felt as shocked as the characters in the story. I could feel the confusion and gut wrenching pain that the characters felt. I knew Mary Beth's life was going to fall apart but I had no clue what was coming. When it did happen, I felt as though the wind was knocked out of my sails! I think it is great that an author can make a reader feel so much emotions with their words. The story is a book of tragedy and survival. How much can one person take and how do they go on and survive? It is quite an emotional roller coaster.

I highly recommend this book. It touched me in a way that was quite surprising to me. When you finish this book you will want to not take life for granted and you will want to hug those around you. This is a book you not only read but experience! What a powerful book! It's a book you won't soon forget!

posted by retromom on April 18, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Can't believe Anna Quindlen wrote this!

This novel reads like a bad Danielle Steele novel. Anna Quindlen wrote this? hard to believe. Starts out so slow, and then so over the top with drama. Not believable. Just did not work for me. Come on anna, I know you can do better. I really did not care about the chara...
This novel reads like a bad Danielle Steele novel. Anna Quindlen wrote this? hard to believe. Starts out so slow, and then so over the top with drama. Not believable. Just did not work for me. Come on anna, I know you can do better. I really did not care about the characters, I could barely remember who was who!

posted by sw7134 on April 17, 2010

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    Can't believe Anna Quindlen wrote this!

    This novel reads like a bad Danielle Steele novel. Anna Quindlen wrote this? hard to believe. Starts out so slow, and then so over the top with drama. Not believable. Just did not work for me. Come on anna, I know you can do better. I really did not care about the characters, I could barely remember who was who!

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2010

    Disappointing!

    Pre-ordered because she's one of my favorite authors! This one was such a letdown..I plowed through because I'm one of those who must finish a book once I start it, but really it should be be in the drugstore in the sleeping aids aisle!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

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    A bit tedious and not all that interesting. I really didn't care

    A bit tedious and not all that interesting. I really didn't care all that much about the characters or what happened to them, but I finished it anyway. There just wasn't that much to like about them. Bland and wishy-washy. It was a good book to read at night to put me to sleep, though.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    Okay, quality writing

    Slow progressing, sudden and shocking climax, the thing that saved the book was the quality of writing. As a first time reader of Quindlen. I will probably try to read another novel of hers because I do sense potential. This book seemed to miss a few key elements to really solidify the connection between reader, story and characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2011

    Is it just me?

    I am 100 pages into this book and having trouble sticking with it. The story is interesting and I think I'd enjoy it, but Quindlen's sentence structure is difficult to follow at times. I easily read a book a week but I'm finding myself having to re-read many sentences of this one. Too much work and too little pleasure. Is is due to my having the flu or is it just me?

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

    so-so

    easy read...boring at times. Some what hard to believe. ie: not too many teenagers call their mom, mommy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2010

    Dale la oportunidad!

    Estuve a punto de dejar de leerlo, pero... dio un giro que lo hizo más interesante. Nada memorable, pero bueno para un club de lectura.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    Far From Quindlen's Best Effort. . .

    I was extremely underwhelmed by this book. Quindlen is one of my favorite writers, so I had high hopes at the outset. I'm sorry to report that, at best, it "disapoints." With this novel, Quindlen strays too far into Jodi Picoult territory. Although Quindlen is a far better writer, Picoult "does" this genre so much better. I thought Qunlden's main character was "clueless," the other characters were bland and stereotyped, including the children; the plot was clunky and contrived. Except for the fact that this book was written by Anna Quindlen, I have no idea why the commercial reviews were so favorable. I say: Skip it, and if you're in the mood for a cheesy "weepie," turn on a Lifetime TV movie. . . .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Ordinary, Anna

    This was adisappointing book, considering how much I love Quindlen's other novels and her former column in Newsweek magazine. "Every Last One" is ordinary. In fact, ordinary is the theme of the first half of the book. Mary Beth, the protagonist, a happily married mother of teenagers, leads a predictible, ordinary life. Some obvious foreshadowing warns the reader that something's up, but it takes forever to arrive. The shocking crisis and turning point, then, is resolved -- slowly and painfully -- in the second half of the book. Eh. Two and a half stars out of five. "Rise and Shine" was brilliant. Come on, Anna. Were you in a hurry, perhaps?

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