All We Ever Wanted



Download All We Ever Wanted By Emily Giffin Horsebackridinggeorgia.us Nina Browning Is Living The Good Life After Marrying Into Nashville S Elite More Recently, Her Husband Made A Fortune Selling His Tech Business, And Their Adored Son Has Been Accepted To Princeton.Yet Sometimes The Middle Class Small Town Girl In Nina Wonders If She S Strayed From The Person She Once Was.Tom Volpe Is A Single Dad Working Multiple Jobs While Struggling To Raise His Headstrong Daughter, Lyla His Road Has Been Lonely, Long, And Hard, But He Finally Starts To Relax After Lyla Earns A Scholarship To Windsor Academy, Nashville S Most Prestigious Private School.Amid So Much Wealth And Privilege, Lyla Doesn T Always Fit In And Her Overprotective Father Doesn T Help But In Most Ways, She S A Typical Teenaged Girl, Happy And Thriving.Then, One Photograph, Snapped In A Drunken Moment At A Party, Changes Everything As The Image Spreads Like Wildfire, The Windsor Community Is Instantly Polarized, Buzzing With Controversy And Assigning Blame.At The Heart Of The Lies And Scandal, Tom, Nina, And Lyla Are Forced Together All Questioning Their Closest Relationships, Asking Themselves Who They Really Are, And Searching For The Courage To Live A Life Of True Meaning.All We Ever Wanted

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  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • All We Ever Wanted
  • Emily Giffin
  • English
  • 21 February 2017
  • 9780399178948

10 thoughts on “All We Ever Wanted

  1. says:

    3.5 stars With her ninth novel, Emily Giffin takes an ambitious step away from her traditional love story narratives and attempts to tackle relevant topics surrounding social media, privilege, racism, and self worth Things that feel all too timely with the dominance of social media and the metoo movement I m just not so sure it all worked.Despite the staggering number of issues Giffin sets out to address with this plot, there s a lack of emotionality, leaving the reader to flail in the shallow end of the pool Entertaining for sure, yet all too forgettable, in the grand scheme of things I think by now we ve all read some version of this story or at least seen a Dateline special have I mentioned, I m a junkie A sexually explicit photo of a drunken scholarship girl, taken by the uber popular rich guy, and captioned with a racist joke , goes viral The question becomes, what really happened that night and who s responsible It takes the rumor mill gossip perpetuated by one of her biggest rivals to snap Nina Browning into reality Maybe buying her son a brand new G Wagon, allowing him to drink without repercussion and footing the bill for everything his heart has ever desi...

  2. says:

    You should always side with your kid Always Without regard to his actions I asked No matter what Here s two things I know for certain 1 I would never condone abusive discriminatory behaviour, and 2 I would do everything within my power to protect my sons So what happens if those two things directly contradict one another This book surprised me by how much it affected me I actually felt deeply discomfited and sad while reading it I ve never read Emily Giffin and, to be honest, I probably wouldn t have if this hadn t popped up in the Goodreads Choice nominations and happened to be available at my local library It was a spur of the moment decision that became something I couldn t put down.Multiple perspectives are brought in as this story unfolds One is Nina Browning, whose son Finch tears apart their cushy life when he posts a picture of a latina classmate passed out drunk and barely dressed at a party, and then captions it with a racist joke Nina s distress is palpable, and memories of her own traumatic past surface as she is forced to consider how her son became someone who would do this and if there s time to save him and others from himself.I found it extremely compelling On a plot level, I needed to know how things would work out Nina becomes convinced Finch s father has fuelled this toxic behaviour and she starts to question her husband and their marriage, too The story often seems headed in cer...

  3. says:

    My reviews can also be seen at All We Ever Wanted was my first read from Emily Giffin and I loved it Life is good for the Browning family Nina Browning s husband Kirk sold his software company at the right time and they went from comfortable to very wealthy in a very short period of time Nina doesn t like to flaunt how wealthy they are, but her husband is a different story Nina is trying to keep their eighteen year old son, Finch from becoming entitled though she admits they don t say no to him often enough.They just found out that Finch has been accepted to Princeton and the family is thrilled.The book opens on a typical Saturday night well typical for the Browning family They are attending their fifth gala of the year This gala is about suicide awareness and prevention and they are being honoured for their contributions.Lately Nina has been feeling like something is off in her marriage She wonders if it s money coming between them or something else As she listens to her husband giving a speech about the horrors of losing someone to suicide, Nina thinks about Finch and all of the opportunities he has ahead of him Time has gone by so fast He used to tell her e...

  4. says:

    This is a truly powerful, wonderful novel It s been many years since I ve read an Emily Giffin novel, but I enjoyed those books and was excited to read this one My previous experience with her work did not prepare me for the complex, layered, serious manner of this excellent book For most of the first chapter, I thought this was going to be a book about a couple that went from well off to obscenely wealthy having marital woes Boo hoo But when I learned what it was really about, it took a dark turn.It was important that the story was told from multiple points of view of the mother of the boy accused of taking the comprising photograph of a passed out girl at a party, the father of the girl, and Lyla herself because you can t quite figure out who is telling the truth about that night Also, it s about the way teenagers don t want to disappoint their parents, and paren...

  5. says:

    This is not literature for birds chick lit or women s fiction.This is everyone s fiction Because this kind of story should be directed towards every adult, regardless of gender, color, class, etc.This is not a love story It is both heart breaking and heart mending You will be frustrated half of the time, cry at unexpected moments, and smile rarely.This is not a happy tale, but it is an important and empowering one Although there have been stories about abuse of power, physical and emotional published in the past, the way this life altering scandal is dealt with is different.It s told from three distinct points of view, all in the first person singular A mother, a father, and a daughter Only the father and daughter are related, the mother being the parent of the boy who caused the scandal, but they connect to one another in various ways.It s filled with manipulatory behaviour so much that it will mess with your head and what you believe is true and characters behaving atrociously There is lying, cheating, neglecting, and such bad role models Definitely not an easy book to read Unfortunately, I predict many will pick this up expecting it to yes deal with serious issues, but also be dramatic in an entertaining way because of this author s previously published books I assure you that will not happen It s a compelling story, because you ll want no, need to know the fate of the characters, but rarely was I able ...

  6. says:

    4 timely stars to All We Ever Wanted When Emily Giffin releases a new book, it s a big deal, and I think All We Ever Wanted is her best book yet That said, All We Ever Wanted gets off to a rocky start The first chapter is narrated by Nina who escaped her middle class roots to live amongst Nashville s wealthiest I was worried over the top grandeur would take center stage in this book, but it did not Nina s son, Finch no offense to any Finches of the world, but that name made me giggle a few times , has been accepted to Princeton The next chapter is narrated by Tom, a single dad working multiple jobs to raise his willful daughter, Lyla, who earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, where she rubs elbows with the most privileged kids in town, including Finch, of course We also hear from Lyla as a narrator Everything is going well until a photo goes viral Amid all this scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are left holding the bag How will they move past what happened What is the right thing to do All We Ever Wanted is timely because we hear most every day a story where a teen, or even adult, has made a mistake on social media, one that could have a lasting impact on that person ...

  7. says:

    Sometimes you just can t see the things that are the closest to you All We Ever Wanted was a very thought provoking read that addresses timely and pertinent subject matter for today s society and technological age At first glance, Nina Browning seems to have it all She is rich, focusing on doing charity work and her son has been accepted to Princeton She has the kind of ideal life that others envy Yet, she finds herself embroiled in a scandal that she never thought would happen to her Her son, Finch, snaps a revealing photo of Lyla, his drunken underage classmate who is a scholarship student at the prestigious Windsor Academy He captions the photo with a racist comment and shares it amongst his friends The photo spreads throughout their upper class, privileged student body causing controversy amongst the students and parents The book s chapters are told in alternating voices point of views This made for an engrossing story as different tidbits were revealed by each character but also made you doubt everything as we were left pondering whose version was actuall...

  8. says:

    All We Ever Wanted is all we ve come to expect from bestselling author Emily Giffin an engaging, effortless, readable story that is deceptively likeable and painfully shallow Giffin asks nothing from readers but a few moments of their time, and in exchange delivers high gloss low payoff novels that showcase entitlement and moral ambivalence disguised as depth By now, her pattern is set, but this time, the stakes are higher It could happen anywhere All We Ever Wanted is a domestic drama about the upheaval that occurs when the 18 year old son of a wealthy and prominent Nashville couple posts a questionable photo of an underage girl, launching reverberations that upend the family s smug existence and that of friends and relations as well The premise is compelling The execution leaves Giffin s position unclear Like us, only better Giffin s bread and butter characters are what you might call beautiful people with first world problems The first world is my address, so I m game for domestic drama of the white privileged set Heck, some of my best friends are wealthy Caucasians with country club memberships.The problem is that Giffin wants to write her characters two ways, and it leads her nowhere She seeks to explore the pitfalls of privilege, yet she absolves her heroines of mistakes and casts them as well...

  9. says:

    5 Thought Provoking Stars This book is a MUST read Not only was it absolutely brilliant it also touched on so many of today s issues it was a book that really made you think what would I do in that situation And as a single mother of two boys and a girl I could see so many sides of this story and this book really made you realize that with social media a teenager s reputation can be trashed in a matter of minutes makes you long for the good old days when you needed to make a trip to the local drugstore to get your pictures developed and your rash words were only ever read heard by a handful of peopleOne night, one thoughtless moment, and lives are changed forever what do you do when your daughter has had her picture taken in a compromising position at a party and it is plastered all over social media What do you do if it was your son that took this picture Meet Tom single father of Lila the girl in the infamous picture and Nina the mother of Finch the photographer both parents instant reaction was to defend their children, as all of ours would be, but what is the right thing to do Wow, this is tough If I were Tom I d want blood my heart would break for my daughter in that situation but what would I do if I were Nina What If it were one of my boys that took this picture This was something that nagged at me throughout this entire book i d like to think I do...

  10. says:

    As a parent of a 12 year old son that seems to be growing quicker than I d like him to be I found this book to be quite terrifying We all want to believe our children are thoughtful, empathetic, and responsible beings but that s not always the case and sometimes our children are going to disappoint us The entire time I was reading this novel I couldn t help but think What would I do My emotions really went through the ringer with this one I was angry, I was frustrated, I was sad, yet I was hopeful throughout Nina Kirk have it all including an 18 year old son, Finch, who has recently been accepted to Princeton They are beaming with pride for their son when the horrific happens Their son is accused of taking a picture of a girl, exposed, while passed out at a party captioned with a racist comment He then sends it to a couple of buddies who then send it to a couple of buddies until gues...

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