All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

Let me start by saying I hardly ever purchase new releases when they are still in hardcover only format, but boy am I glad I purchased this book. For one, I thoroughly enjoy Emily Giffin’s writing style and have read a couple of her books in the past (I will most certainly be reading her remaining books before the year is finished.).

All We Ever Wanted centers around two families from different parts of town. The Brownings live in a wealthy suburb of Nashville while the Vlopes live in a poorer part of town. Both of these families are thrust together when their teenagers are involved in a scandal involving a photograph taken during a drunk night. Who took the photograph? Why?  Was it a drunk mistake or was it something more sinister?

The book was very relatable to me as I attended a private middle and high school and even went on to attend a private college. I am very familiar with scandals happening and how they are “dealt with” and so reading this book was like looking back on my teenage years at school. I think the part that stood out the most to me was how Emily manages Nina’s character development while shining the light on her similarities to Lyla.

If you follow me on instagram (@busymombookreviews) you know I originally rated this book a 4 out of 5. With that said, honestly the more I think about the book, the characters, the reliability of each and every character, the emotion the story evokes and the overall storytelling and I am going to say this book is a solid 5 OUT OF 5 STARS! I cannot think of anything I wished was done differently other than I wish I got to know more of the story. This is book is well worth your time! I hope some production company picks this story up and it turns into a movie.

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