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A tender and wonderfully insightful story of friendship, love, heartbreak, and renewal, played out in the lives of three unforgettable women, from an extraordinary and unexpected debut novelist—the host of the #1 sports talk show in America, ESPN's Mike Greenberg

All You Could Ask For
Mike Greenberg

Three women are about to find their lives intertwined in ways none of them ...

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Overview

A tender and wonderfully insightful story of friendship, love, heartbreak, and renewal, played out in the lives of three unforgettable women, from an extraordinary and unexpected debut novelist—the host of the #1 sports talk show in America, ESPN's Mike Greenberg

All You Could Ask For
Mike Greenberg

Three women are about to find their lives intertwined in ways none of them could ever have imagined. . . . 

Brooke has been happily married to her college sweetheart for fifteen years. Even after the C-section, the dog poop, the stomach viruses, and the coffee breath, Scott still always winks at her at just the right moments. That is why, for her beloved, romantic, successful husband's fortieth birthday, she is giving him pictures. Of her. Naked.

Samantha's newlywed bliss is steamrolled when she finds shocking evidence of infidelity on her husband's computer. She has been married for two days. She won't be for much longer.

Katherine works eighteen hours a day for the man who irreparably shattered her heart fifteen years ago. She has a duplex on Park Avenue, a driver, a chef, and a stunning house in Southampton, and she bought it all herself. So what if she has to see Phillip every single workday for the rest of her natural life? Brooke, Samantha, and Katherine don't know one another, but all three are about to discover the conquering power of friendship—and that they have all they could ask for, as long as they have one another.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This upbeat, snappy debut novel from ESPN sports talk host Greenberg (Why My Wife Thinks I’m an Idiot) involves three iron-willed, independent-minded ladies who meet and become friends through an online support group for breast cancer patients. Samantha Royce is a 28-year-old marathon runner and TV feature producer from New York City who, while honeymooning in Hawaii, discovers that her district attorney husband Robert is already cheating on her. Brooke Biltmore, age 40 and married to Wall Street executive Scott, with two children, protects her “perfect life” by keeping her diagnosis secret. Katherine Emerson, also age 40, has just decided to resign her high-powered corporate job for the man of her dreams when she gets the bad news. Samantha’s sense of humor helps Katherine get through her chemo, while Brooke reconnects Samantha with high school crush Andrew Marks, now a successful pediatrician. Greenberg’s promising first effort, told partly in the form of message board postings, develops the lead characters well enough for its predictably feel-good conclusion to feel justified. Agent: Jacques de Spoelberch, Jacques de Spoelberch Associates. (Apr.)
Booklist
“The shared adversity these women face is portrayed realistically and tenderly . . . The three women are well drawn, and Greenberg displays an admirable ear for realistic dialogue. Fans of Deborah Copaken Konan, Sarah Pekkanen, and contemporary ensemble fiction will enjoy this debut novel.”
Dorothea Benton Frank
“Who would have guessed that a guy who works for ESPN could write such a terrific novel for women? . . . This book, and these women, surprised me all the way through, and moved me to tears and laughter both.”
Connecticut Post
“Funny and moving.”
Associated Press Staff
“ESPN radio host Mike Greenberg makes his living on guy talk, but who knew he had a gift for girl gab, too?...This novel celebrates women and the bonds that tie them together. Readers looking for a page turner about friendship, and finding meaning in one’s life, will be satisfied.”
Chris Golic
“I’m proud of Greeny. His characters could be anybody’s mother, sister or best friend. We can all relate in one way or another to their relationships and lives.”
Stacy Steponate Greenberg
“He may be the ‘king of guy talk,’ but wait until you read the way he writes women.”
Bruce Feiler
“I read All You Could Ask For with slack-jawed admiration. Hands-down rookie of the year!”
Jane Green
“Mike is as clever, astute, and perceptive as he is brilliant. He has beautifully pulled off the three female voices in this novel — a rare feat for a man — with tremendous wisdom and insight. I can’t wait to see what he does next.”
Library Journal
Sportscaster Greenberg's (Why My Wife Thinks I'm an Idiot) first novel delves with authenticity and compassion into the lives and minds of three female characters. Brooke knows she has all she could want from life—a husband who loves her, beautiful children, and a marriage that grows stronger daily. She's not willing to let anyone, or anything, destroy any of that. Katherine has all the money and success she could ever wish for, but she willingly suffers every day by working with Phil, the man who broke her heart years ago. She hasn't been able to move forward and search out happiness. After finding out that her new husband was unfaithful on their honeymoon, Samantha summons all her strength to pursue a life that makes her feel complete on her own terms. These women are strangers to one another until they learn something that changes their lives, forever linking them in friendship and courage. VERDICT This well-written page-turner by a surprising author (Greenberg is cohost of ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning) features true-to-life characters who are entertaining and compelling. A must read for fans of smart women's fiction. Fans of Greenberg's show might be curious as well. [See Prepub Alert, 10/28/12.]—Anne M. Miskewitch, Chicago P.L.
Kirkus Reviews
Sports pundit Greenberg tries his hand at chick lit, with somber overtones and mixed results. Part One of this first novel is pretty formulaic: Three former debutantes face the usual prickly situations the wealthy and naïve are prone to, involving men, of course. Well, not men per se but their own vulnerabilities with respect to the opposite sex. Katherine, turning 40, doses herself with exercise and affirmations as she faces another day as a Wall Street banker in the employ of a man who jilted her almost 20 years before. Brooke, a Connecticut yummy mummy married to a Wall Street banker, is also turning 40: Her biggest challenge right now is compiling a portfolio of naked photos of herself to present to her husband. Samantha, 28, has her own naked photo dilemma: The politician she has just married has a few (not of her) in his email inbox. She has fled her honeymoon in Kauai for a luxury hotel where her plutocrat father will bail her out of her difficulties and get her marriage annulled while she trains for a triathlon. Part Two will bring these women together. The unifying element, intended to lend gravitas to the frivolity, involves cancer. Although the cancer section provides opportunities for the women to discover what is truly important in life, it also affords Greenberg too many pretexts for preachy clichés and oversimplification. Any automatic sympathy conferred by illness will be mitigated, for most readers, by how little we've come to care for these superficial and uber-privileged characters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062220776
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 5,048
  • File size: 651 KB

Meet the Author

Mike Greenberg

Mike Greenberg is the co-host of ESPN’s Mike and Mike, the highest- rated sports talk program in the United States, and the author of the New York Times bestselling novel All You Could Ask For. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a native of New York City. He currently lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.

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  • Posted April 7, 2013

    Please let me begin by saying that is going to be very difficul

    Please let me begin by saying that is going to be very difficult to review this book without giving anything away, but I'm going to give it my best shot. This is a very moving novel about the friendship between three women. The most amazing thing about this friendship is the shocking twist of how they meet. The second most amazing thing is that this book was written by a man, especially a "sports dude". The author hosts a sports show on ESPN. The women's voices are authentic and believable. The issues addressed are handled sensitively and perceptively. The novel is, as the author might say, a "grand slam".

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

    I loved this book! My husband watches Mike & Mike all the ti

    I loved this book! My husband watches Mike & Mike all the time so I was familiar with Mike Greenberg. I saw him on the CBS Morning Show talking about this book and decided I would give it a try. I thought he did such a wonderful job writing this book. I would never have thought it was written by a man. The characters were real. He did a wonderful job understanding the dynamic between women. The book has a story line about breast cancer, but the book is about women's friendship. I will recommend this book to all my friends!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2013

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    I can't believe a man wrote this book. Greenberg captures the vo

    I can't believe a man wrote this book. Greenberg captures the voices of these three very different women so incredibly well, he must eavesdrop on women often. And take notes.
    Samantha is newly married to an older man and on her honeymoon in Hawaii. She is blissfully happy, ready to start her new life when she finds a photo of a naked woman on her husband's laptop.
    Katherine has just turned forty, a hard-charging career woman whose last serious relationship ended badly many years ago. Now the most important man in her life is her faithful driver Maurice. Her administrative assistant has set her up on a blind date with a handsome, eligible man- who happens to be twenty years older than her. How old does she think Katherine is anyway?
    Brooke is happily married to Scott, and mom to two children, living in the suburbs, trying to figure out what to get her husband for his birthday. She is a good wife, a good mom and likes her life.
    The first half of the book sets up each of these three interesting women's lives, all facing different daily challenges- work, home, family, loneliness. We become invested in them, and compare our lives to theirs.
    Then they each get a diagnosis of breast cancer. Each woman reacts differently, and the reader is left to ponder how they deal with her individual diagnosis. The women do not interact with each other in the first half of the book, but they later meet on breast cancer message boards and we are able read their messages to each other, and see their relationships develop.
    I had to admit I was skeptical about a novel some would call "chick-lit" about breast cancer written by a male ESPN host, but Greenberg does a terrific job here. I wanted to know more about these women's lives, and I found their reactions to their illnesses fascinating.
    They each respond differently, and the way one woman deals with it will probably cause some lively discussions in book clubs, for which this novel would make a good choice. It definitely made me think about how I would react, and upon reflection, it also made me try to be less judgmental of other women and the choices they make in the lives.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Such a GREAT Read!

    I loved this book! I read it in two days; I couldn't put it down. It was humorous, heartfelt and insightful. I kept having to remind myself that this was written by "Greeny" a MAN that I spend 4 hours listening to every morning on ESPN. It was written with such female nuance, unbelievable tone. Already recommended it to friends and family!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Seriously

    Nothing pisses me off more then being TRICKED into reading a book about women and breast cancer. So if thats not what you were looking for when you signed on, browsing through chic lit, do not buy this book. I read to escape my problems, not to feel worse. Whats the matter publishers, afraid the word cancer wont sell as many books? Thanks for nothing, ughhh!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2014

    I wasted my money and time

    I skipped 25 pages at a time until i reached 103 and it didn't help-it was still boring. Why folks insist on using the f word continously shows a poor vocabulary.

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  • Posted July 5, 2014

    I saw an interview of this man on a morning show and thought, &q

    I saw an interview of this man on a morning show and thought, "what the heck." His book sounded interesting so got it. Glad I did! My favorite author is Pat Conroy, and this book is a close second to the depth and understanding of the characters and plot Conroy has, and is not at all maudlin as some readers suggest. I recommend this book highly.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2014

    Ok....but I wish I knew what it was REALLY about before buying!

    Enjoyed the first half of this book. Loved the switching back & fortyh between characters, and was dying to find out what tied them all together. Had I known it was 'what it was' I never would have started this book. Was it moving? Yes. Well written? Yes. Did I tear up? Suprisingly, yes. However, life is so heavy every single day for one reason or another that I like to keep my escape into reading light.

    Overall OK read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    Bad read

    Horrible! Dear author, please don't quit your day job. Talk about boring, I could barely finish it, in fact, I didn't.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014

    I loved this book! I Could not put It down...read it in 2 days. 

    I loved this book! I Could not put It down...read it in 2 days. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Two thumbs up!

    This is a great story, extraordinarily written.

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    Surprisingly good

    I have to say I found it had to believe this was written by a man. I really enjoyed this book. Mr. Greenberg's sports background hasn't clouded his compassion and understanding.

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  • Posted September 5, 2013

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    Wonderful Note: I received this book as part of TLC Book Tours

    Wonderful

    Note: I received this book as part of TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.




    Sometimes a book comes along at exactly the right moment and for me this was it. I’ve been so bogged down with heavy reading for school that this was all I could have asked for (cheesy pun intended). Light writing combined with a balance of seriousness and hilarity, Mike Greenberg’s novel is sure to be a hit.




    I must say that I was surprised at how well the author wrote about women.  Especially because this particular author is a man who works for ESPN – not exactly a breeding ground for womanly insights. And yet, Greenberg succeeds. Both insightful and honest, each of the three main characters is completely three-dimensional and approachable. I wanted to know each of these women even when I didn’t agree with them. While there are a lot of male writers who can successfully write about women, not many write about women told through the point of view of women, and this is what sets Greenberg apart and launching him into the category of men who “get it.”




    ¿¿Not only is he able to write about women, but he can write about women’s friendships (here’s another great book about that). Greenberg successfully weaves the lives of three very different women together as they face one common obstacle in their  lives. And while their friendships become their lifelines, they also learn about themselves as individual women. If you get the chance to pick up this book, here are three things that will happen: You will laugh. You will cry. You will want to call your best friend and tell her all about it. That said, I’m going to go call my best friend and tell her to read it.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

    The ending was a disappointment

    I bought this book because it was written by a man with a the intent of being a women's perspective. I though that might be interesting. Part'I' I enjoyed but then I got to Part'II' and the breast cancer, the sisterhood and support didn't seem real, but what people want to believe will happen for all. Then the very end was still the basis believe that a women only wants a man to support her. How trite!

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