All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

by Janelle Brown
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All We Ever Wanted Was Everything by Janelle Brown

A smart, comic page-turner about a Silicon Valley family in free fall over the course of one eventful summer.

When Paul Miller’s pharmaceutical company goes public, making his family IPO millionaires, his wife, Janice, is sure this is the windfall she’s been waiting years for — until she learns, via messengered letter, that her husband is divorcing her (for her tennis partner!) and cutting her out of the new fortune. Meanwhile, four hundred miles south in Los Angeles, the Millers’ older daughter, Margaret, has been dumped by her newly famous actor boyfriend and left in the lurch by an investor who promised to revive her fledgling post-feminist magazine, Snatch. Sliding toward bankruptcy and dogged by creditors, she flees for home where her younger sister Lizzie, 14, is struggling with problems of her own. Formerly chubby, Lizzie has been enjoying her newfound popularity until some bathroom graffiti alerts her to the fact that she’s become the school slut.

The three Miller women retreat behind the walls of their Georgian colonial to wage battle with divorce lawyers, debt collectors, drug-dealing pool boys, mean girls, country club ladies, evangelical neighbors, their own demons, and each other, and in the process they become achingly sympathetic characters we can’t help but root for, even as the world they live in epitomizes everything wrong with the American Dream. Exhilarating, addictive, and superbly accomplished, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything crackles with energy and intelligence and marks the debut of a knowing and very funny novelist, wise beyond her years.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385526890
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/27/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 10,733
File size: 926 KB

About the Author

Janelle Brown is a freelance journalist who writes for the New York Times, Vogue, Wired, Elle, and Self, among other publications, and was formerly a senior writer for Salon. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles. This is her first novel.

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All We Ever Wanted Was Everything 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
ER_RN More than 1 year ago
This novel begins by bringing you into the details of one day in the life of a mother and her adult daughter. Most women will be able to empathize with their moment to moment thoughts and frustrations. The plot becomes interesting, adds a second daughter and about half way through fizzles with predictability. To the reader's dismay, the ending is too painfully drawn out and tied up in ribbon.
Betsybov More than 1 year ago
The subject and people involved in the story were good, but it was far too wordy, and took too long to get anywhere. I found myself skimming just to get thru it. It also leaves one hanging in the end, as we do not know the outcome of the divorce settlement. I can not imagine anyone saying that Brown would be a new favorite author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not the best thing I've ever read, but as a man, this was a very interesting look into the mother-daughter relationship that exist in california. it had a bit of bret easton ellis to it. really enjoyed it. read it in three days. lots of laughs. i recommend it for sure
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was going to be total fluff which would have been okay, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was well written and the characters were well developed. The story was a glimpse into the lives of three females, a mother and two daughters, who keep secrets from each other which in turn results in a stronger bond when the secrets are revealed. Ultimately, wealth is not measured solely in terms of dollars and cents but also in one's character, which these women discover together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i got to page 143 in this book. but it just didnt get anywhere or pick up it had such a good storyline to be a good book .i was so excited when i bought it. she threw in way to many big words in a book that doesnt call for it. and i felt like i was reading but not getting anything from it. then i was finally like forget it.
AmPHiTrtE91 More than 1 year ago
I started reading the book this morning and ended up finishing it 10 hours later. It's a fast-paced read and I fully enjoyed every page of it. It reminds me of how quickly our lives can unravel and spin out of control if we're not careful.
TMC78 More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book becasue I was looking for an easy summer read and one of reviews said that it was "one of the most difficult-to-put-down books of the year." After scanning the first chapter a bit, I thought that this book would possibly connect at some level with the day to day wants, struggles, and roles of women. Overall, it was an "average" read for me. I did not find the plot addictive to where it would be impossible to put down. In the end, I was left with a need for a more developed resolution; which, could be due to the fact that the plot did not move quickly enough for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like how the author bounces around and shows different chapters of events in different characters' points of view. I know it is a girls' book, but I wish that she would have shown us how the husband & the boy Mark felt. Some days I could not put this book down. She seems to cram all the drama in at the last few chapters.
njskiier More than 1 year ago
Told by each of the three main characters, the mom, Janice; and two daughters, Lizzie a 14 yr old and Margaret, a 24 yr old grad school graduate and failed enterpreneur . A divorce starts the drama. How Janice deals with the stress and trauma of divorce just is escalated by the demands of motherhood and emotional stress/depression. Janelle does not miss a beat. Dialogue so very realistic for this time period that I can totally believe everything. Great work.
mamma2max More than 1 year ago
Really liked this writer's style. Looking forward to her next one.
martykins More than 1 year ago
this started out a little slow and seemed trite, but the more I read, the better I liked it and in the end it was a good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this one dowm. Felt like I could relate to every main character even though I've never been through any of these situations. Wish there other books from this author.
Candi38 More than 1 year ago
The cover of the book is what struck my attention. I must say I'm glad I read it. It was absolutely funny, and definitely a page turner. Had me laughing out loud in every chapter. I would recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! It had me completely invested in the characters' lives. I was sad when it ended, but I would definitely recommend. A very good read for a day at the beach!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had heard nothing of this book or the author, and it is worth your time. She spins an interesting story of four lives, three women, and what they learn of themselves through some very tough times. I look forward to reading more from this author.
rudegal More than 1 year ago
Shows that we could have everything and watch it all taken away from us. Really good Summer read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic book for summer. Janelle Brown did a wonderful job of describing her characters and their emotions. You just find yourself cheering for them. You won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Janelle Brown writes with such wit and hilarity and i laughed so much. I definitely reccomend this book to anyone who likes to laugh with a good book that has amazing writing.
Anonymous 17 days ago
Read this on a dream vacation in Hawaii, and loved it and highly recommend it to anyone who wants a great read. Loved picking it up everytime I put it down. Beautiful characters and settings. Hope to read all she writes?
LC112648LC More than 1 year ago
All We Ever Wanted Was Everything .... First book by this author. I found her very good and kept you reading. May be a little drawn out but still worth reading. I recommend it for a change of pace.
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If you want feel good, this isn't it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really slow. I didn't even bother finishing even though i got more than half way through
MBlank More than 1 year ago
This book was full of entertaing surprises and scenarios that various people encounter everyday. Interesting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago