All We Ever Wanted - Emily Giffin

All We Ever Wanted

By Emily Giffin

  • Release Date: 2018-06-26
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 505 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In the riveting new novel from the #1 bestselling author of Something Borrowed and First Comes Love, three very different people must choose between their families and their most deeply held values. . . .

“An unpredictable page-turner that unfolds in the voices of three superbly distinct characters.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

“A gripping, thought-provoking journey.”—Jodi Picoult

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 teenaged 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.

Praise for All We Ever Wanted

“Page-turning . . . Timely and thought-provoking, it’s Giffin’s best yet.”People

“Nina Browning has it all: the handsome husband, the Ivy-League-bound teenage son, and the big house in the Nashville suburbs. But with one unthinkable social media post from her beloved child, could it all fall apart? Dealing with issues of class, money, and race, All We Ever Wanted is the book everyone will be talking about.”PopSugar

“This complex and layered novel will give you all the feels.” Brit + Co

“This thought-provoking novel follows two Nashville families as they struggle with the fallout from a horrible incident. . . . It's one of Giffin's most topical, gripping books yet.”Good Housekeeping


  • A quick read

    By Lover of good deals
    The book was a simple quick summer read. Nothing too riveting or exciting but it was good enough.
  • Good but dropped off

    By Kaget
    I really liked the book. It covers a lot of common day issues relative to today’s world. I was disappointed how the story just ended abruptly and fast forwarded 25 years.
  • All We Ever Wanted

    By Xdfht
    This book is boring and cliche:(
  • So good

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    Couldn’t put it down, finished it in a day and half. Wish we would of got more at the end rather then where it left off, but all in all an Awesome read.
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    Love, love, love this book.
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    By Perfect2love
    I absolutely loved this book! I love all of Emily’s books. I will be on the lookout for her next novel!!
  • All We Ever Wanted

    By smf40love
    I thought it was very sophomoric! Written for a middle school audience. The ending wrapped rather abruptly in my opinion. A disappointment to me!
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