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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin: Book Review



Published: Ballantine Books, 2018
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Fiction, Chick Lit
Pages: 352 pages






Summary

Nina Browning has a beautiful life with her husband, Kirk, as one of Nashville’s elite living in the upscale Belle Meade neighborhood. Their only son, Finch, is their pride and joy and has recently been accepted to Princeton. Life is grand.
Tom Volpe lives on the other side of the river and works in construction. He works hard to provide as a single father to Lyla. Last year, Lyla was accepted to Windsor High School where Tom hopes Lyla will be presented with a more optimistic future.
         At Windsor, Lyla is introduced to Finch. Finch is the guy of her dreams. He’s rich, beautiful and full of charm.  After a night of partying with mutual friends, someone takes a picture of Lyla that will forever change the path of her life. Who knew a picture could do so much damage? A story of unlikely friendships, tainted trust and terrible secrets.
My thoughts:
When I started "All We Ever Wanted", I had already read several other Emily Giffin novels. I knew I liked her work and style. This book was different from the start, but good. I like the use of 3rd person omniscient point of view. Giffin lets the reader see into the minds of Nina, Tom and Lyla in alternating chapters. The characters are well developed and deep. The novel brings to light a lot of social issues. Giffin addresses the issues of wealth (the "haves" vs the "have nots"), racism, bi-racial children, social media, teen drinking, sexual assault and mental health along with honesty, respect trust and values. Wow! That’s a lot of ground to cover, but I think Emily Giffin did so wonderfully. I felt the emotions of Nina as she described her past experiences and as she related to the present. I felt the pain of a parent loving their child while also looking to be certain justice would be served. She brought to the surface all of these topics and they flowed. Giffin did another great job with this novel. I highly recommend it, but be warned, that it is not as light as some of her previous works. This one is definitely deep but also memorable. I highly recommend for your next read. This novel would be great for a book club with so many conversation starters. 
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Favorite Quotes from "All We Ever Wanted":


~“People make time for what matters to them.”


~“Justice isn’t only about what a person deserves, but also about what a person needs.”


~“Because sometimes you just can’t see the things that are the closest to you.”



Disclaimer: I received this book as a gift from family. All statements and opinions are my own. 

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All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin: Book Review

Published: Ballantine Books, 2018 Genre: Realistic Fiction, Fiction, Chick Lit Pages: 352 pages Summary Nina Bro...