All We Ever Wanted (B&N Exclusive Edition)

All We Ever Wanted (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Emily Giffin

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ISBN-13: 9781984800541
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,307
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Emily Giffin is the author of eight internationally bestselling novels: Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love the One You’re With, Heart of the Matter, Where We Belong, The One & Only, and First Comes Love. A graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law, she lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children.

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All We Ever Wanted (B&N Exclusive Edition) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 95 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read to me is when im sorry to get to the last page This book did that for me
Anonymous 12 months ago
Have read most of her books and liked them however this story didn't seem very original. Also, it is too political. Not looking for that in a fictional novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read and loved every one of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again, I couldn't put a book down. Great story, and caught my interest from the first page. I'm eagerly awaiting her next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Love her books and this one is no exception. Her characters are so real and you feel yourself so involved in the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a fantastic story. I write this review with mist still in my eyes. I too, have hope that people can change sometimes...
Anonymous 11 months ago
In her great voice, Giffin has again given us characters that we care about and a journey that holds our interest until the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love her books.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Finished this book in 3 days :) couldn’t put it down but I also had to work.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I read this in less than 24 hours. Loved this and wish it were slightly more age appropriate for young teens, as they learn to manage the world of texts and posts and their repercussions.
PNWBookworm More than 1 year ago
This book explores a lot of different issues including class divisions, racism, immigrants, sexual exploitation and the different attitudes towards boys and girls. The story is extremely well written and pulls the reader in immediately. I couldn’t put it down. Multiple view points are used to tell the story and while I completely understand why this was necessary I think it actually took away from the story a little. There were so many issues at play here and none of them were explored in enough depth because we kept jumping around to different people. That being said I really liked all of the characters, especially Nina. I did feel like she had turned a blind eye to the what all that wealth and privilege had done to her family and let it slide to far. One of the things it really made me think about was parenting. The book centers largely around two teenagers and how their parents react to the photo. I had to pause a couple times to consider what I would do. I gave the story 3.5 stars simply because of the lack of really getting into certain issues. Otherwise I really liked it!
Cinemabelle More than 1 year ago
Determined to get to the second book in the series that everyone I knew had assured me was "the best," over the years, I must've picked up and earnestly started my paperback copy of Emily Giffin's Something Borrowed dozens of times but just couldn't relate to the characters. And while I feared the same would be true for Giffin's latest novel All We Ever Wanted, especially considering that the first chapter of the book – which divides the storyline into three alternating first person points-of-view – began from the perspective of the wealthy one percenter wife from Nashville's elite, Giffin quickly replaces first world problems with real world problems. Shocked to her core upon discovering appalling decision made by her Princeton bound son, in trying to get to the bottom of what exactly happened and what on Earth he was thinking, Nina Browning is forced to take a good hard look at her life and marriage as well as her past when she found herself at the other end of a similar horrific situation. Continuing the action from the perspective of the two main other parties involved including her son's younger classmate, Lyla and Lyla's protective single father Tom, Giffin deftly balances her richly compelling drama with timely issues of economic inequality, racism, and sexual harassment in the digital age. Surprising her readers with a few well-earned twists, while despite the narrative roller-coaster, we're pretty sure we know precisely who's to blame, ultimately it's in Lyla and Nina's journey toward accepting and understanding the truth that made the book increasingly hard to stop reading, particularly in its second half. An ideal property for HBO to look into adapting as part of its annual miniseries exploration of twenty-first century women in literature, All We Ever Wanted might have been my first Emily Giffin work but it's just the right one to make me want to pick up Something Borrowed again for good. Note: I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this title from Bookish First in exchange for an honest opinion.
MyMyN More than 1 year ago
I completely enjoyed this book, so much so that I read it all in a day. The story started off really strong for me and kind of paced down just a bit by the middle end but the epilogue made up for it. Usually I do not care for epilogues because the majority of the time I feel like the story has a greater impact without them but the epilogue for All We Ever Wanted was not just another epilogue, but a powerful wrap-up of what we are as individuals are capable of if we have the unconditional love and support we need and not necessarily want. All We Ever Wanted was a thought provoking and emotional story written in 3 different POVs. It opens our eyes to how not everything is in black and white but plenty shades of gray. It is not only about what is right or wrong but our moral compass should always be at play. It’s about unconditional love under a different lighting. The way the author portrayed these characters are incredible – they are imperfectly perfect. I appreciate how the characters let their action speak for them and how they stood for what they believe in even if it could turn their life upside down. It is about accepting the truth for what it is and what is done from that point is what truly defines a person. As a mother, I felt for Nina and Tom from the beginning and by the end I have the utmost respect for the both of them and I do not doubt you all will as well.
Lucci0517 More than 1 year ago
I’ve read other books by Emily Giffin and enjoyed all of the them. They were great “take to the beach” summer reading... light, breezy romance to pass the time (and I mean that in a good sense). When I saw this come out on Netgalley, I was so happy to be able to receive an advanced copy. Thank you Netgalley and Ballantine, Random House for providing this ARC to me for an unbiased review of this book. As soon as I started reading this book, I knew it was not going to be anything like her other books and that wasn’t a bad thing. The book gives the reader the perspectives of Nina, Tom, and Lyla when, in a moment of drunken stupidness, a damaging photo is taken and this photo goes viral. Nina Browning was brought up in a middle class family. She is now very wealthy due to her husband’s successful business ventures. They give a substantial amount of money to different charities but they both have very different reasons for doing this, as you will see when you read the book. They have a son (Finch) who feels that the wealth of his family makes him better than anyone who doesn’t have the finances readily available to them as he does. He thinks more like his father than his mother. Nina doesn’t feel superior because of her wealth and feels that people should be responsible for their actions no matter who they are. Tom Volpe is a middle class workings single father who is very protective of his daughter, Lyla. Lyla is a teenager who is trying to fit into a private school where wealth abounds. Because of the photo that went viral, they all have to come together and you will see how each of them copes with the situation. As the story unfolds, you will see how differently their points of view are concerning what happened that night. This book grabbed my attention at the first chapter. I would have liked to have seen how the end was played out a little more than it was but I still give it 5 stars. It it hadn’t been such a good book, I wouldn’t have cared that it ended sooner than I wanted it to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a long time reader and lover of Emily Giffin's books, her newest book All We Ever Wanted was not at all what I expected because it is a departure from her usual writing style, but I loved it!  All We Ever Wanted is not only one of the most enjoyable books that I've read this year, it is a compelling look at motherhood, parenting, family, friendship, teenagehood, love, and ultimately the decisions one must make when faced with during difficult times-do you do what is morally and ethically right or do what is socially expected?   Although the topics in All We Ever Wanted are heavier than Giffin's normal lighthearted romances, she doesn't disappoint her readers with this powerful and riveting novel. In the book, Griffin tackles important and timely topics such as sexism, racism, assault, social stigma, classism, and gender discrimination, as well as how social media and its lack of privacy can be extremely damaging to a person's reputation in just a matter of seconds...all it takes is one picture posted online to quickly spread and destroy a reputation.  The story is told through the perspectives of Lyla, Tom, and Nina, Finch's mother, and I have to say that I loved all of their perspectives although I identified with Nina most of all. Yet, I loved hearing from Lyla as the confused teenager devastated by what had happened to her but determined to rise above, persevere, and move on despite all social repercussions. Tom is a great dad attempting to manage alone while trying to figure out how to give Lyla her freedom as she grows into a young woman and still protect his little girl. But Nina, in my opinion, made this book the excellent read that it is. Nina is just all heart and soul even though she is torn in a million directions by the events of that night and what follows. I have to admit that I immediately felt a connection with her when in the first chapter, Nina tells about being from Bristol, a small town on the Tennessee-Virginia border. I laughed since that's where I was born and grew up and most of my family still lives there! I've never read a book about anyone being from Bristol, so Giffin shocked me in a good way! Anyway, I knew immediately that I would love Nina, and I did. Even though she married into the high-class Nashville society, I knew there was no way she could lose herself and the girl who grew up in Bristol, and I was right! Giffin portrays how, as a mother, it is hard for Nina to look at her son and face some hard truths about his behavior, the repercussions his actions have on Lyla, Tom, and her own family, what consequences he needs to face, the tough love she needs to give him, and subsequently how her own life is changed by these events. Giffin deftly navigates the tumultuous waters of tough parenting with empathy and compassion. Being a mother of two teenage boys, what Nina went through tugged at my heart and I have to admit that I spent several parts of this book crying...for Nina, Lyla, and for the reality that these things happen not only in novels. All We Ever Wanted is a blockbuster, must read this summer, and I truly think this is Giffin's best book to date. Griffin has more than proven she is multi-talented with the change in direction of this novel and it's more than timely topics. I hope to see more of these thought-provoking, enthralling novels from her in the future. **Thank you, NetGalley and Ballentine Books for my review copy in exchange for my fair and honest review. **
YourDreamComeTrue More than 1 year ago
To start, I absolutely love Emily Giffin. Her writing is superb and she is such a great storyteller, I have not read a book of her I didn't like and I practically screamed when I found out she was coming out with another book. This story is told from three perspectives and I honestly thought it would be a problem, but it isn't. This story follows Nashville's elite and shows that one "mistake" can alter so much. I am also a big fan of stories following "wealthy" families when they get the light shone on them, showing that they are just like the rest of society with their problems and their secrets, they just deal with their problems at white tie galas and I deal with mine binge-watching Parks & Rec in sweatpants.
mzglorybe More than 1 year ago
A thought-provoking look at values, those that have them and those that only think they have them. It is very timely what with today’s technology, mobile phones, and the very prevalent use by teenagers taking photos of each other and posting on social media. This character-driven novel brings up a very realistic look at what could happen to anyone, anywhere and you’ll ask yourself, what would I do in this situation? Nina Browning thought she was happily married to a wealthy man, with a popular and outgoing 18-yr old son who just got accepted to Princeton. Her background is very middle class, but she’s been living a privileged life-style since she married business tycoon Kirk Browning. When their son is accused of inappropriate behavior and his scholarship is threatened she realizes that her husband will do anything to prevent their son from facing any harsh repercussions. The son claims he is innocent, but is he? She is seeing a side to her husband that she’d never seen before and she can’t help but see that her son is following in his example, which frightens her. Why hadn’t she noticed this before? Other people have brought it to her attention, but she was blinded by loyalty and a belief that her marriage was above reproach. There’s an important and timely message behind the written words here. Be careful about assuming you know someone completely and unequivocally. A person’s outward appearance or words are often times hiding their true nature. Dire circumstances can bring out the best or the worst in a person. Are you in this together, or alone with your ethics? Written in the format of 3 characters each voicing their side of the story, this held my interest the entire read. We ended up having a discussion in our own family of how something that might seem a lark or seemingly innocent comments on social media can affect others disastrously. Thankfully, the epilogue let us see what long term effects transpired. I really liked this and recommend it to either YA, or domestic fiction fans. My thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read the ARC and post my honest and unbiased opinion. Don’t miss this poignant story about loyalty and love, especially if you have teens. Watch for this release on June 26, 2018
Bookapotamus More than 1 year ago
Wow. Just wow. This book is SO relevant right now with the #metoo movement and #timesup. It breaks my heart to realize how often stories like this happen, to anyone, of any age or social/financial status - there is no discrimination, and sadly there just isn't enough conversation about these topics. I applaud Emily Giffin for writing this book. I had no idea in detail what this story was about when I requested it from NetGalley. I like to be surprised with Emily's books, and I've never read one I didn't like. And I sure was surprised by this one! It's almost like, "If you could walk in someone's shoes" - I felt like i was dropped into this book, as if I was in on a secret, and I just sat back and watched the secrets unravel and unfold. Something happened to Lyla. Something not good at all. It started with a bunch of elite private high school kids (and some not-so-privileged) at a party, with a lot of alcohol... and you can just imagine it from there. Something happens. Accusations fly, lies are told, people unravel, secrets come out, and trusts are broken. This books tells the story from several angles and I found myself so attached to them all. They are so well written I honestly felt as if I was in a mother's head, a father's mind and in the thoughts of a 16 year old girl. I sailed through this, as I do most of Emily's books because I love her writing style and how easily I can just jump into her stories. I wanted to find out more, I wanted justice, and I craved a neat and tidy resolution, but we all know these types things are never neat and tidy. This book is important. I wish everyone would read this. Although every #metoo story is different, this casts a glimpse into how each and every incident causes so, so much pain, to so many people - and ultimately how getting these types of stories out in the world, can hopefully ease some of that pain by helping and educating others. Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for the opportunity to review this amazing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In true Emily Giffin style, this book pulls you in and brings you right into the middle of relationships and personal situations. Giffin developed the characters expertly, and I felt connected to them (mostly Nina and Lyla). They seemed real with real life situations and problems. The story was also great. Mostly chick-lit, but it was deeper than that. There are themes of women empowerment as well relevant women issues relating to the "Me Too" movement. My only issue was that some of the dialogue was cheesy, but a great and interesting story overall! Growing up and living in Nashville most of my life, I appreciated all of the call-outs to different spots and areas around town. It especially helped my ability to picture everything, and knowing a lot of about Belle Meade helped me understand exactly who these characters were. It felt like a real story. However, I did feel like it tried too hard sometimes, but I appreciated the love of Nashville that shined through! *Thank you to Netgalley, Random House, and Ballantine for the ARC, for which I have given an honest and unbiased review*
Anonymous 12 days ago
The story line is very realistic & current but the lessons are timeless. Very well written and thought provoking. Loved it!
Anonymous 3 months ago
She is by far one of my fave authors! This one did not disappoint!
Anonymous 4 months ago
I read for relaxation and entertainment. I was very disappointed that Emily chose to use a fictional book to push her liberal agenda. I do not recommend this book period - but especially if you are conservative.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I loved the book and characters.....couldn't put it down
Anonymous 6 months ago
Giffin's latest book features characters from varied backgrounds, but with one common element: teens with their typical drama. However, their interactions with parents, peers, and private school headmaster is quite believable and rivoting. Expect to put chores aside as you won't be able to set this one aside. The digital age component will make readers who are parents ponder what they may face as the teenagers engage in horrific but realistic behaviors that electronic communication invites. Enjoy, and don't try to predict the ending!
Librarian_V_Reader 7 months ago
Librarian: This book is exactly the sort of book that fits well into current Women's Lit collections. It has three highly sympathetic protagonists, a very readable style, and a timely #metoo plot line. This should slot nicely into the collections of any public library that wants to include it. Reader: The story is an all too familiar one. Wealthy, privileged, popular teenage boy in some way violates less privileged teenage girl. It's a story that we see all to often, in the news, on tv, and, of course, in our literature. What makes this one different, is that a large portion of this story is told from the perspective of the mother of the boy in question. This makes for an interesting perspective, and one not always seen. Combine this with two other highly sympathetic protagonists (the girl and her father) and you have one very easily readable book. And that's the problem I have with this. Reading about this sort of situation should not be easy. It should be hard and painful. It should make you yell, and weep, and throw the book across the room in frustration. This does none of that. I wish it did, because there are the seeds of something extraordinary here.