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, Romance, Adult, Family, Suspense, Young Adult

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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jenny
    Timely, provocative, and endlessly thought-provoking. Giffin at her page-turning best!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Tina
    More reviews at 4.5 stars but rounded up for Goodreads. This was a surprisingly deep and touching book. I've been a long time fan of Emily Giffin but her last few left me wanting. All We Ever Wanted started off like a standard rich people problems book but evolved into a discussion on moral and ethical dilemmas. What does one do when what's right and what's best for your family are in competition with each other? I loved re...
  • Natalie [genreneutralreader]
    This is my second book in a row where an author I enjoy is writing outside her niche, and I am loving the results. Prior to All We Ever Wanted, I have read three other Emily Giffin books and have been well entertained by each of them. The central themes were always romance and friendships. In this novel, Giffin tackles issues of wealth, privilege, motherhood, a burgeoning ideal of what it means to be pro-woman. In other words, All We Ever Wanted ...
  • Jayme Teague gauthier
    I am so happy I received this ARC. I’ve loved Emily Griffins books in the past and so I was excited for this one. I felt this book gives a really good view into the repercussions of social media/texting and the importance in what just one picture can do. What someone views as a harmless prank can quickly turn into a serious matter. It shed light not only the importance of being aware of your surroundings but also standing up for yourself when y...
  • Amy Bergstrand
    All We Ever Wanted is another stellar release by Emily Griffin. The story line is timely and kept me engaged. The only disappointment was that I wish there was more character development. The ending seemed to come too fast and I had a lot of additional questions that I wanted answered. If you love Emily Griffin, you will love, All We Ever Wanted. Thank you to NetGalley for the advanced review of this book prior to it's release on June 26, 2018. A...
  • Anne
    This was my first Emily Griffin novel but it won't be my last! I loved the storyline as it is so relevant to today and what happens in high school with teens and their obsession with social media--and the inherent dangers of which they are often unaware! So we have Kirk, an arrogant husband, Finch, an entitled teen boy who has been spoiled rotten and pampered by his parents, and Nina, the wife who actually has some sense of morality and ethical v...
  • Danielle
    * Thank you to Netgalley, Random House & Ballatine for my eARC review copy*This book is my new favorite from author Emily Giffin. It covers a difficult topic with a natural ease. The themes are timely and necessary in this social media focused society.The book is told through multiple perspectives: Nina - a woman who marries into a wealthy family, and whose son, Finch, spreads an illicit picture of a classmate; Lyla - the teenage victim; and Tom ...
  • Nicole • readingincanada
    Thank you so much to Penguin Random House Canada for providing me with a copy of this one (all opinions are my own)! We need to talk about Emily Giffin!! This book was FLAWLESS. The material is perfectly timed for today's social climate, and using the perspective of both parents and their teens made the story so multi dimensional. I was literally gasping out loud at multiple different points at the ending, and I already know it's going to be one ...
  • Janine
    Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. What can I say, but Emily Giffin’s novels and writing style have always been tops for me. So when I saw that, she had a new novel out I just couldn’t help but get excited and want to read it. Thankfully, NetGalley supplied with with an advanced copy. I literally read this in one weekend’s time and couldn’t put it down.From the moment I began to read about Nina Browning and her seemingly charmed life for th...