All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

All We Ever Wanted

In the riveting new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of First Comes Love and Something Borrowed, three very different people must choose between their family and their values.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 ...

Details All We Ever Wanted

TitleAll We Ever Wanted
Release DateJun 26th, 2018
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Reviews All We Ever Wanted

  • Theresa Alan
    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...
  • Cheri
    3.5 Stars”When the sharpest words wanna cut me downI'm gonna send a flood, gonna drown them outI am brave, I am bruisedI am who I'm meant to be, this is meLook out 'cause here I comeAnd I'm marching on to the beat I drumI'm not scared to be seenI make no apologies, this is meOh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh, ohThis is me” -- This is Me, Keala Settle, The Greatest Showman Ensemble, Songwriters: Justin Paul / Benj Pasek Nina Browning was raised...
  • Carrie
    All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin is an emotional tale that is very fitting in today’s social media obsessed age. One drunken night leads to a risque photo being passed around of a young teenage girl leading to the characters all dealing with the situation from their own points of views.Nina Browning is the mother of the boy accused of taking the photograph and is appalled at his behavior. Nina came from a middle class family and while happy h...
  • Jordana Landsman
    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 ...
  • Susan Kennedy
    This was a great book! I started to read it and I didn't want to put it down. The story is told by three characters points of view. I usually don't like when books are written this way, one chapter for each character. I really enjoyed it in this story and feel is was so well written.The three characters are Nina, Tom and Lyla. All three of these characters are endearing. Nina is a strong woman and by far my favorite character. I love that she sti...
  • Sherri Thacker
    I had a really tough time following this story. I did not connect with the characters or the story line for that matter. DNF at 20%. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for this complimentary book. All opinions expressed are my own.
  • Sheyla ✎
    3.5 One photo will irreversibly change the lives of two families in the latest Emily Giffin novel.Nina Browning has it all. She's married, she's rich and her son was recently accepted into Princeton. She had everything she wanted. She gives back to her community by dedicating her free time to her philanthropy and attending event after event on the arm of her handsome husband.Nina didn't come from money. Her life could have been very different if...
  • Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
    Release Date: June 26, 2018 Genre: Women's Fiction Actual Rating: 5+ stars Highly Recommended All We Ever Wanted is an exquisite read that deals with real world social issues that can affect anyone. Giffin weaves an unforgettable tale about a picture sent viral.. One that could very well ruin the lives of all involved, even those who weren't a direct part of it. Told in alternating point of views, this book will get to the heart of a touchy su...
  • Kendall
    All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin reminded me a little bit of Rochelle Weinstein's Somebody's Daughter. I feel like the same type of storyline was presented here... between teenagers and serious issues that are presented in our society.Nina one of our main characters finds out that her son Finch took a sexual photo of a girl named Lyla while she was passed out with a racist remark and sent it to basically the entire school. Lyla's father is furi...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    I've been a long time fan of Emily Giffin's books and I've read everything she's written and I had the pleasure of meeting her in person a few times now and hearing her speak. This book is a bit of a departure from her usual love focused plots. Now is this a bad thing? Not at all! Giffin addresses an incredibly important topic, privacy in the age of social media and how it impacts family and community. This was a powerful story about the roles of...
  • Judy
    Hard to put this one down! Sometimes our children are not what we had hoped and are leading different lives than the ones presented to their parents. This book deals with some tough topics: privacy in the new world of social media and how families are affected, standing by your belief in what is right regardless of the negative ramifications, teenagers ('nuf said - always drama and turmoil). Griffin handles the intricate relationships in this boo...
  • Jenny
    James E. Faust once said, “All parents hope and pray that their children will make wise decisions. Children who are obedient and responsible bring to their parents unending pride and satisfaction.”The underlying message of that quote sums up the content of Emily Griffin’s book, “all we ever wanted.”Griffin’s book takes on themes of affluence, sexual assault, social media, harassment, racism and elitism in a story that will leave the r...
  • Kit✵
    ★ 3 / 5 ★For an ARC, this was pretty darn good! It could’ve been a higher rating if the ending hadn’t left me feeling so dissatisfied. Other than that, I was surprised to have enjoyed this as much as I did.So 3-star ratings are always hard for me to rate; sometimes a 3 star read is actually a good read, but lacking in a couple areas—and sometimes it’s not that good of a read, but very unique. In this case, the story wasn’t unique (i...
  • Irene
    When the gossip first reaches them, Nina and her husband Kirk are having a typical Saturday night, which for them consists of being honored at yet another gala event. Rumor has it that their son has taken advantage of an unconscious girl at a party by taking and sharing a sexually explicit and racist photo of her.As Nina tries to find out what really happened at this party, she also begins to find that she never really knew her husband at all. Hi...
  • Toni
    Parents want to believe their kids are telling them the truth. Kids don't want to disappoint their parents. Teenagers, however, want to fit in, they want friends, and sometimes teenagers don't always make the best decisions. Emily Giffin's, "All We Ever Wanted," begins with a posted photo on social media of a sophomore girl of a private high school, passed-out on a bed in a male student's bedroom at a party, along with a racist comment. From this...
  • Marisa
    Emily Giffin has always been A MUST READ author to me. Her novels read like a great romantic comedy and he characters are palpable. Her novels are filled with great dialogue and great characters. Usually she is in my beach bag or for a late night relaxing read. So I was beyond elated when I won a physical ARC of this novel and then was provided a copy from NetGalley (thank you author, thank you Penguin!) I moved this novel to the top of my "to re...
  • Karen
    All We Ever Wanted by Emily GiffinThis was an author I have ignored and dismissed in the past so I took a chance and the read was terrific and surpassed my ignorance of this author's talent to pack an emotional punch touching on so many sophisticated feelings. I can't say that the prose was poetic or beautiful, but I am so grateful to this author's ability to make me feel the full gamut of so many different emotions. I will remember the book and ...
  • Patrice Hoffman
    The first Goodreads giveaway I ever won was Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin and since, she's firmly cemented on my "must-read" list whenever she has a new book out. Upon hearing from Netgalley I'd been approved for her latest All We Ever Wanted, I did the requisite hooray dance I usually do, and moved her to the top of the to-read list. Emily Giffin doesn't disappoint, once again.All We Ever Wanted follows the narrative of three distinctly dif...
  • Amy
    Great read, very well written! I have almost every single book written by Emily Giffin and yet I've never opened one and I'm so sorry I haven't read her work sooner. I will say the beginning of the book, I was worried the story would be predictable. Privileged, rich family with spoiled rotten kid, Finch, who takes an inappropriate photo with a racist caption of Lyla. Finch's parents are split on how to handle the situation as their son just got a...
  • Marla
    All We Ever Wanted shows what can happen when a teenager in their stupid immaturity does something that is inappropriate and then shares it on a social media platform. That stuff stays around even when you delete it because people will download the graphic/photo or take a screen shot. Lyla lives with her Dad in a middle income family and he sends her to Windsor, a private expensive school where she is a sophomore and has a huge crush on Finch, wh...
  • Sandy Harris
    ALL WE EVER WANTED tells the story of an inappropriate photo/text that was shared. The novel tells the story from three perspectives: Nina, the wealthy mother of the accused who’s also dealing with other issues as well; Lyla, the teenage victim; and Tom, the victim’s parent who struggles to make ends meet for him and his daughter. While the novel lightly touches on important issues, it was disappointing that it contained no surprises. I wish ...
  • Jenny
    Timely, provocative, and endlessly thought-provoking. Giffin at her page-turning best!
  • Diana
    This is my 3rd Emily Giffin book and she is quickly becoming a favorite author. Her stories are real, and in All We Ever Wanted, it covers a story of teenagers and how social media, and texting can lead to bullying and humiliation. Nina lived a life of luxury and on the outside looking in it seemed that everything was perfect. What happens when the perfect life you’ve created for your son backfires? What happens when the life of privilege your ...
  • Maria
    Emily Giffin has done it again! I could not wait to settle in with this book as this is one of my go to authors for a relaxed easy read, but that is not at all what you get with All We Ever Wanted. Be prepared for an in depth book dealing with a topic of social media and the repercussions, an issue that needs to be explored in the technology world we are living in. I was immediately drawn into this book from the first and was engaged until the la...
  • Joleen
    This arc was provided to me for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 StarsAll We Ever Wanted focuses on Nina, a privileged mother whose son, Finch is involved with photographing and spreading an inappropriate photo of his classmate, Lyla around. When Tom, Lyla's dad hears about it, the 4 are then forced to come together to deal with the aftermath. With lies, betrayal, and fighting for the truth, this story will have you on yo...
  • Katie Sue
    Thank you NetGalley for this ARC copy for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. This is a great contemporary book about the elite and their privileged life. Early in I started loving all the characters. Nina was down to earth and likable. Her back story was interesting and kept me wanting more. Tom was your typical over protective dad that you really felt for at times. And Lyla was the rebellious teen we all can relate to, she just wanted...
  • Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
    4.5I really enjoyed this one.
  • Colleen
    I received All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin from the publishers. This has no impact on my thoughts. My thoughts are my own.I was very excited when I first heard that All We Ever Wanted would come out. I knew the writing style would be different because Emily Giffin was taking a different turn from her usual writing style. I love her chick literature books, but All We Ever Wanted actually more fiction than chick lit. I think she seemed to have g...
  • Dirty Dayna
    June 26 2018 Pub date3 SnapChat Horror Story What happens when your perfect life, marriage and child all change in one minute. This story is about the Brownings’ and the Volpes’. This is about when Finch sends a photo of a passed out girl with her nipple exposed and a racist caption to someone and it goes viral. The book reads very well and it is a big long winded. I never really got a feel for any of the characters. They didn’t seem to f...