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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 accep
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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by Ballantine Books
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Theresa Alan
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 da
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
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
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Deanna
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, from-publisher
My reviews can also be seen at: http://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 keep their eighteen-year-old son, Finch from becoming enti
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Cheri
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
!! NOW AVAILABLE !!

3.5 Stars

”When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I'm gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I'm meant to be, this is me
Look out 'cause here I come
And I'm marching on to the beat I drum
I'm not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me

Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh, oh
This is me”

-- This is Me, Keala Settle, The Greatest Showman Ensemble, Songwriters: Justin Paul / Benj Pasek

Nina Browning was raised in Bristol, a small city on the T
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Carrie
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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 her family doesn’t want for anything she’s also somew
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Marialyce
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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 teenage years were often hell, but they were also
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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 Princeton and is not only a great student but an all a
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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 was angry, I was frustrated, I was sad, yet I was
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Jordana Landsman
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
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 abo
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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 sticks to her beliefs no matter what. Tom, the single
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Amy
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 picture of another narrator, Lyla and then you also hear
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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 subject and leave readers questioning what they wou
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Kendall
Jun 02, 2018 rated it liked it
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 furious (as anyone would imagine) and he refuses to ta
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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 provide a good life for them while still teaching
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Judy
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 book with empathy and compassion. The writing is beau ...more
Kate Olson
Thanks to BookSparks for this free review copy!
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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 daughters and a son, this book paints a stark picture of
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Sherri Thacker
May 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
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 ✎
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc, women-s-fiction
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 she had remained with her high school boyfriend.
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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 (it reminded me of the novel Asking For It), but everything flowed
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Jenny
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 reader asking, “what would I do in that situation?”
One bad deci
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Jamie Rosenblit
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
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 race and class and bias in society as well. Seein ...more
TeriLyn
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
**All We Ever Wanted generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

4.5 "So you made it after all?" Stars

It has been a while since I've read an Emily Giffin novel and was glad to be reminded of her lovely, honest, heartfelt story telling in women's fiction. This particular book was, to me, one of second chances told from three different points of view; two parents and a child. Second chances for three different people who have all made choices for which the
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Irene
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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. His solution is to throw money at the problem to mak
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Toni
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 point we are taken on an adventure of mystery and
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Megan Leprich
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have yet to find a Emily Giffin book that I have not enjoyed. I love her writing style and I love the subjects that she writes about.

This book is about Nina, a small town girl that married Kirk, a man from old money who sold his tech business making a fortune. Their son Finch has just been accepted into Princeton and they seem to be the perfect family.

The other protagonist, Tom, is a single father trying to raise his headstrong daughter Lyla while barely making ends meet as a carpenter and do
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Marisa
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley, favorites
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 read" mountain and started right away. Like with Gif ...more
Karen
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

This 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 am so glad I read it. The rich tapestry of so many
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Patrice Hoffman
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 different voices and offers their viewpoint after a s
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Amy
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 accepted to Princeton. Tom, Lyla's single hardworki
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Marla
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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, who is a popular senior and comes from a very wealth
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Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she moved to London to write full time. The author of seven New York Times bestselling novels, The One & Only, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love The One You're With, Heart of the Matter, and Where We Belong, she
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