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
Author
Release DateJun 26th, 2018
PublisherBallantine Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Audiobook
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Reviews All We Ever Wanted

  • Melissa
    2017-11-08
    *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 ...
  • Emily May
    2018-10-30
    "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...
  • Deanna
    2018-06-27
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...4.5 Stars!!! “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 ...
  • Theresa Alan
    2018-04-02
    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...
  • Lola
    2018-07-08
    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 be...
  • Jordana
    2018-04-11
    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 ...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    2018-06-22
    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 ...
  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
    2018-12-11
    "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 ...
  • Berit☀️✨
    2018-07-14
    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...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2018-08-27
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/Somehow I managed to avoid Emily Giffin’s books for nearly FIFTEEN years, but couldn’t resist any longer thanks to all the times this one kept popping up over on Bookstagram . . . . My reaction now that I’ve jumped the shark off that bridge???? Caricatures rather than characters, stereotypes (rich = bad/poor= good – upperclass white teenage boys = sociopaths at best/Brock Turn...
  • Brandice
    2018-08-13
    All We Ever Wanted is a timely story about Lyla and Finch, two high schoolers attending an elite private prep school in Nashville, who both go to a party one night. Lyla gets drunk and a compromising photo of her with a racist caption surfaces following the party. This story focuses on the aftermath, including a plethora of reactions to the photo, and an attempt to identify who’s actually responsible for it. The story is told in alternating per...
  • Michelle
    2018-06-25
    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...
  • Cheri
    2018-05-21
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!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 ...
  • Paromjit
    2019-04-01
    Emily Giffin writes a novel that hits many of the red hot issues of our contemporary world and the nature of family dynamics. Nina Browning has an enviable lifestyle, part of the elite social circles, married to Kirk, whose sale of his tech business shot them from the comfortable into the circles of the rich. Nina has begun to have some niggles about their moneyed circumstances, having grown up in much more modest circumstances, although Kirk ori...
  • Elyse Walters
    2018-09-28
    This is my first Emily Giffin book..... ..........A PrimeTime-Page-Turning-Plausible-novel that most likely attracts women readers. If I saw more reviews from men than by woman, I’d be surprised- but also very interested in their thoughts. There seems to be a trend on ‘issue’ novels lately- contemporary topics mirroring our every days lives. This book could join bookends with Rochelle Weinstein’s book “Somebody’s Daughter”. They hav...
  • ABookwormWithWine
    2018-06-23
    / 5All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin completely blew me away, and it evoked many of the same feelings I had reading Beartown by Fredrik Backman. What would you do if your son is accused of sharing a picture with his buddies that contains a half naked girl with a racist "joke" as the caption? Well that is exactly what Nina has to find out when her son Finch is accused of doing just that. Told in alternating viewpoints, this book is a heavy hitter...
  • Meredith B. (readingwithmere)
    2018-06-23
    4.5 Stars rounded up!I love Emily Giffin and I get so excited when I hear the annoucement that a new book of her's is coming out. She seems to take really relevant experiences and apply them to a fictional story so that we can all somehow relate.Nina and Kirk are a wealthy couple. They drive nice cars, they have a 4 million dollar house and they have a housekeeper who does all the work for them. They also have a son, Finch, who just got into Prin...
  • Gabby
    2019-05-24
    Wow, holy shit wow. I picked up this audiobook from my library without really knowing what this book was even about and I am blown away by how much I loved it. This story is so sad and relevant and important. It follows two families: the first one is rich; Kirk, Nina and Finch. The second one is middle class; Tom and his daughter Lyla. Finch, the rich kids son takes a very inappropriate nude photo of Lyla while she’s passed out drunk and makes ...
  • Carrie
    2018-06-11
    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...
  • Jenny
    2018-05-29
    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...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    2018-11-11
    This was an engaging and entertaining novel. I saw it listed on the GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS Best Fiction list and picked it up. I didn't even read the description and went into it blind.Lyla attends a private school on a scholarship, her world is upturned when a compromising photograph of her is wildly circulated. The story is told in the alternating points of view of Lyla, Tom (Lyla's father) and Nina (the mother of the student that spread the p...
  • Marialyce
    2018-06-25
    My reviews can be found at : https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres...The teenage years! Can you ever forget them? No matter how old you are you can flashback to those years with trepidation and the thought that god I am glad those are over. It is a time of so much that is unsure, the feelings, the emotions, the constant knowing that it always seemed as if your life was spiraling out of control. The arguments, the searching for control....yes, the...
  • Jill McGill
    2018-06-23
    Emily Griffin did not disappoint with All We Ever Wanted. She takes us on a powerful journey through marriage, motherhood, friendship, teen life, racism, and the negative effect of social media. This book definitely deals with some heavy topics that are going on in today's world right now.The story is told from three points of view: Nina, Tom, and Lyla (Tom's daughter). I have to say, I loved all three of these characters! First, we have Nina, sh...
  • Sharon
    2019-08-25
    When Nina Browning’s husband Kirk sold his software business they went from comfortable to wealthy in fact very wealthy in a short amount of time. Then to make matters even better their son Finch is accepted into Princeton and they couldn’t be happier. Tom Volpe is a single dad who works various jobs whilst trying to raise his daughter, Lyla. Raising Lyla on his own was not an easy time for Tom. The long hard struggles Tom has endured seems t...
  • Debbie Oliphant
    2018-07-02
    WOW!!!!!I could not put this book down. It was so intense and relevant today. The story details the life of the privileged families who are held to a different set of rules nor held accountable for their actions. A mistake is revealed that is life changing, for a young girl who comes from a blue collar family and a young man who is entitled and comes from an affluent family, both attending a prestigious, expensive school.The event is revealed ear...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-11-13
    All We Ever Wanted, Emily GiffinNina is forced to choose between her family and her most deeply held values. Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville's elite. Her husband's tech business is booming, and her adored son, Finch, is bound for Princeton. Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs. His adored daughter, Lyla, attends Nashville's most prestigious private school on a scholarship. But amid the wealth and pri...
  • Kristy
    2017-11-07
    Nina and Kirk Browning and their teenage son, Finch, live a good life, especially since Kirk sold his company and the family has experienced a great deal of wealth. Nina and Kirk are attending a fundraiser when they hear whispering that Finch has been involved in an incident with another student at his school, Windsor Academy. It soon comes out that Finch has taken an inappropriate sexy picture of Lyla at a party and sent it to friends, accompani...
  • Jonetta
    2018-07-29
    Nina Browning lives a very comfortable life being married to Kirk, one of Nashville’s elite. Their son, Finch is on his way to Princeton having done exceptionally well at Windsor Academy, the city’s prestigious private school. Tom Volpe is a single father and a skilled carpenter. He lives modestly on the east side of town and his daughter, Lyla has excelled scholastically, earning a scholarship to Windsor. The Browning’s and Volpe’s world...
  • Kat
    2018-07-17
    This book asked compelling, relevant questions from start to finish about privilege and whether the luxuries we allow ourselves to enjoy can become an infection that poison our children if we’re not careful. Essentially, there is a party, and a rich boy takes a semi-nude photo of a girl from the other side of town, then posts it to social media. How far would a parent go to protect their child is the question the book asks.Trigger Warnings: (vi...
  • Erin
    2018-07-29
    I am a bit of an outlier in my opinion when it comes to Emily Giffin and her books. They really are just "okay" reads. However, I will say that All We Ever Wanted is much more meatier than the chick lit than she is usually known to write. When Nina 's teenage son makes a devastating choice, it forces her to take a more critical look at her marriage and family. Also drawing her closer to Tom Volpe and his daughter, Lyla while also confronting a l...