All You Could Ask For: A Novel

All You Could Ask For: A Novel

by Mike Greenberg
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All You Could Ask For: A Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
jnnfrcm88 More than 1 year ago
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!!
RandyLRB More than 1 year ago
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".
me2nc More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I did not know where the plot was going to go, so I was thoroughly surprised when I got to the second part. (no spoiler alert here!) It actually shocked me a little, as I had not anticipated the turn it was going to take. On occasion, I did say to myself, that woman would never say or do that....I think that just comes with the territory when a man is writing a novel from a woman's perspective. But I was able to see past those small annoyances and see the book for what it was...which was a good story, that kept me interested and made me feel. When a book can make me feel something, I chalk that up to a well written one. I have downloaded Mike's other novel and look forward to checking that one out too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous 9 months ago
A story of women and surprise friendships... written by a man... intriguing enough for me to grab this one and I'm glad I did. This is not a "bit of escape fluff"...but a heartwarming tale of unexpected friendship / sisterhood.
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I loved this book! I Could not put It down...read it in 2 days. 
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This is a great story, extraordinarily written.
luv2read58PA More than 1 year ago
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.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
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.
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I thought this was generally a good read. Greenberg does a good job with voice, especially with women in different age groups. Like others, it is a bit unfair not to use the word cancer in the synopsis. I feel that empowers the disease, not the patient. People around a person with cancer are weirded out enough, this just fuels it. I would have not shied away from it . The book focuses on the interaction of three women and how they grow from this life altering experience.
REID324 More than 1 year ago
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.
The_Book_Wheel_Blog More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Horrible! Dear author, please don't quit your day job. Talk about boring, I could barely finish it, in fact, I didn't.