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, Contemporary, Adult Fiction

Reviews All We Ever Wanted

  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... “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 ...
  • Melissa
    *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 e...
  • 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...
  • Lola
    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...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    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 off...
  • Berit☀️✨Traveling Sister✨
    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 minute...
  • Cheri
    !! 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 ...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 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 i...
  • 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 ...
  • Meredith B. (readingwithmere)
    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...
  • 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...
  • Michelle
    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...
  • Marialyce
    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 Croce-McGill
    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...
  • Debbie Oliphant
    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...
  • Kristy
    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
    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...
  • 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...
  • katwiththehat
    This was for large parts of it, a pretty decent read that asked compelling, relevant questions. There are no bright parts in this book, no happy moments, so don’t go into it expecting a beach read. This is a book that asks hard 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. Some of the characters I literally wanted to st...
  • Myrna
    What a book! Could not put it down. This book was a quick and easy read but dealt with thought provoking and timely topics. Loved the alternating points of view telling the story from the perspectives of parents and teenager. The end seemed a bit rushed and I wanted more that’s why I gave it 4 stars and not 5. This would make a good book to discuss with a friend or book club. Will Giffin write another dark story? We will have to wait an see.
  • 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...
  • Carlene Inspired
    Find this and other reviews at Carlene Inspired.Nina Browning sometimes can't believe the life she is leading. From the wrong side of town, Nina has married into money and found herself among the elite; she's friends with the wives and is raising a son expected to go on to Princeton. It's almost a dream come true, except she can't help but feel like she's strayed from the girl she once was, especially when her approach to an incident is very diff...
  • Erin
    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...
  • Lindsey Gandhi
    Excellent book!! Five Amazing Stars!!!!!!!!! First I'd like to start off by saying I love Emily Giffin's books. This in no way shapes my review, I take each book individually. Having said that, she not only nails it with this book, she knocks it way out of the park!!!!As parents, all we ever want is the best for our children. We hope our parenting will influence, mold and shape them to be the best versions of their self they can be. We aspire to ...
  • 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...
  • Amy
    I’m a huge fan of Emily Giffin, when she has a new book out I don’t hesitate to add to my TBR without reading the description, I always know I’ll like whatever she releases. While Something Borrowed and Something Blue will always be my firm favorites, AWEW has now landed itself a spot next to them, this was insanely good you guys!This is told from several perspectives; Nina mother of Finch who is accused of snapping a wildly inappropriate p...
  • 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...
  • Elle's Book Blog
    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...
  • Leslie Ann
    My second favorite book of 2018. If you read one book this summer, let it be this one. I’ll be thinking about this one for a while. Such an important topic that is written in a way that makes for a quick read. You will have so many thoughts and feels after finishing this one. So so so good.
  • Kate Olson
    Thanks to BookSparks for this free review copy!*Giffin absolutely NAILED IT with this absolutely made-for-book-clubs story! ALL WE EVER WANTED is set in the world of Nashville's elite, and it is a riveting story of class, race, rape culture, social media, parenting and marriage. I had to slow myself down to keep myself from finishing it too fast, and won't be able to stop thinking about this story for a long, long time. As a parent of both daught...