I’m back again with another review, and this one is for a book I’ve been meaning to review for quite a while now!
I was lucky enough to receive this novel from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.
Let’s get into it!
Goodreads Rating: 3.95/5
Pages: 334 Pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Published: June 26th, 2018
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
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 teenage 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.
Please be warned that there is a trigger warning for rape and suicide. Which was something that I wasn’t truly aware of going into this novel.
I had a lot of ups and downs whilst I read this book, and I definitely did not mind that at all. It was a super compelling read, and I really enjoyed how it made me emotional and feel all the feelsssss!
This novel is told from three different perspectives; Nina, Tom, and Lila. I found these three voices to each be so incredibly unique and compelling throughout the novel. I have to say that throughout the duration of the novel, I noticed that the characters in this novel had quite a bit of growth of character.
It was very interesting to see the social issues represented in this novel. It’s commonly understood that when you have a child, you do everything to protect that child, but does that also mean you will protect them when they are in the wrong? In addition to that, there is also a conversation being started towards the difference between privilege and entitlement.
I really enjoyed the manipulation in this novel and the unreliable narrators and characters throughout. It really caused me to critically think whilst I tried to figure out what really happened.
Emily Giffin’s writing in this novel was very compelling and truly made for a great reading experience. She took a topic that is very important and created a beautiful and impactful story with it, which is not an easy feat.
All in all, I was very pleased with this novel and I highly recommend you pick it up if you’re looking for a read to make you think and maybe cry/feel feelings.
That concludes my review for All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin.
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