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All We Ever Wanted

A Novel
Auteur(s): Emily Giffin
Durée: 10 h et 29 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (192 évaluations)

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Description

New York Times best-seller.

In this riveting new novel from the number-one best-selling 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)

Named one of the best books of the year by The Skimm.

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.

 Praise for All We Ever Wanted:

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

“Giffin’s novel has style and substance.... Truly excellent." (The Washington Post)

“If you’re looking for a book club selection, All We Ever Wanted is bound to spark meaningful and meaty discussions.” (The Augusta Chronicle)

“A page-turning exploration of wealth and privilege.” (Entertainment Weekly)

©2018 Emily Giffin (P)2018 Random House Audio

Ce que les critiques disent

"Stellar...an excellent page-turning story...a nuanced, thoughtful take on family and social dynamics." (Publishers Weekly)

“A compelling family story that brings up plenty of issues ripe for book group discussions.” (Library Journal

"A timely and absorbing portrait of the complexities of modern life. This is Emily Giffin at her very best." (Kristin Hannah) 

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Au global

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Absolutely engaging.

This novel touched me on so many levels; as a professional in the domestic violence sector, as a woman, as a humanitarian and as a mother. I found reasons to disengage from other activities so I could come back and listen to the story. I found it to be a powerful story line.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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Good Summer/Casual Reading

An interesting narrative regarding elitism vs. poverty, the sometimes devastating mistakes teens can make with social media, as well as a raw look at the catch 22 of choosing between loyalty to your family or your own integrity. The book was fantastic in audio, as there are chapters read in first person for three different characters. Not a fascinating read, but an easy one and definitely relatable if you're a parent or a teen.

  • Au global
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Oh the Relevance

Touches on many of the challenges that people face daily. Relationships, parenting, love, socioeconomic status all bundled together using multiple perspective. Such an enjoyable read.

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars

Listened to the whole thing in one weekend

Listened to the whole thing in one weekend. A compelling story, easy listen. Very topical.

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Loved this one! Couldn't stop listening!!

I loved this book!! I couldn't stop listening, the story was great. Emily Giffin never fails!

  • Au global
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Great, infuriating read

I really liked the format of this book - jumping between various PoVs. While some of the characters seemed a little too "woke"(I felt like they were being a little too self-aware at times), the subject matter and how the author treated it was all pitch perfect. I was initially expecting something completely different from the description, but was pleasantly surprised(and completely enraged) as the story unfolded.

  • Au global
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Giffin is a pro at chick lit

Emily Griffin always writes bang on chick literature. This book focuses on a few major characters and draws you into their perspectives. Lots of twists and turns (exciting.)

Novel is very current; centred around a high school student who’s explicit photo is circulated without consent.

An exciting and light listen.

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Timely...

Many great lessons and truths in this fascinating novel. I enjoyed it immensely. Highly recommended.

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Sassy good read!

Great book with relatable characters. Kept me listening to the very end. I would highly recommend this book.


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My First Emily Giffin Novel

The characters are very likeable and stayed with me even after I finished listening to the book. It was very easy to get into the book and I couldn’t wait to keep listening! It was my first Emily Giffin novel and I really like her style! Will definitely be looking up some of her other books! #Audible1

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  • Dani E. Barnard
  • 2018-07-07

Good story - Wrong male narrator

I enjoyed this book and looked for opportunities to listen. Lots of very important social issues. Female narrators were great. The narrator of Tom (while a great voice) was just not the right fit for this character and didn’t fit. In the story he’s mid 40’s but voice just didn’t fit. I’d have also like to see more of Nina’s new life” and a story of how she heals her relationship with her son. Good read.

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  • Au global
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  • R. Cornelius
  • 2018-06-28

Narrator choice for Tom is bizarre!

Overall I enjoyed the story and the voice acting done by Dorothy Dillingham Blue and Catherine Taber. The casting choice of Milton Bagby for Tom is extremely confusing. It seems like the character is supposed to be about 45-47, yet the voice actor sounds like he's in his 70's. I just looked it up, he's 70. Listening to him talk about sex or anything adjacent to it in the book just felt very uncomfortable. It was difficult to get into the story and his side of it didn't make as much sense coming from Bagby. He's a great voice actor, I want to be clear that I'm not criticizing him. This was just not the role for him, way too young of a character. I am definitely criticizing whoever cast him. I kept thinking, how is this 70 year old guy the father to a 15 year old. So weird. I hope whoever made these choices does better on the next book they work on!

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Angela66
  • 2018-07-08

Bizarre make performance!

The two female performers were excellent, but the male was MUCH TOO OLD! The story was good, but every time the male started talking it was ruined. 🤦🏼‍♀️

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Lindsay S. Nixon
  • 2018-07-05

relevant, contemporary & thoughtful; not chicklit

This book was a strong departure from what I've come to expect from this author, to the point where I checked three times that she was, in fact, the same author of other books I read and it wasn't a name mix-up in my brain.

All We Ever Wanted begins when a sexually charged photo (with a racist caption) of an intoxicated teen girl goes viral within a waspy private school community. The girl in the photo, her father, and the mother of the boy who allegedly took/sent the photo are the main narrators of the story.

The catchy part of the novel is the "whodunit" aspect... This part of the plot is twisty while cleverly bringing in additional contemporary issues (like teenage suicide). There's a real zinger at the end and without this back-and-forth did he do it? Who is lying? The book would fall flat.

While this "investigation" is happening, you experience the raw and difficult emotions both parents have about the situation, see how the community reacts (the school/teachers, other parents, friends of the girl), and what the teenage girl herself makes of the situation and subsequent fallout. I was disappointed the political/legal drama happens with these situations wasn't covered more (it was barely touched on), but I did find myself thinking about the situation and varied consequences, and what I would do or think or want if I was the teen girl or the parent... I love when a novel makes you think and examine your beliefs.

My complaints are awkward: I liked the story, found it accurate, and surprising, yet somehow wholly unremarkable and s-l-o-w at times.

I think the problem may be that this book was trying to do and be a little too much. There's the whodunit, the adult parent "finding herself", the coming of age stories, the love story, the teen issues, family/community drama, philisophical questions, and a light touching on legal issues around teenagers drinking and sexting AND racisim. Potluck much?

I didn’t CARE about any one character (relate I could, but care I did not), which I should have given the subject matter.

I felt verrrry uncomfortable when a sex scene was described---not because it was a sex scene (I read romance) but it was happening and being described in great detail by/to a 16-year old girl. She was narrating and that left me feeling pervy and intrusive.

Overall, this book is not something I’ll be quick to recommend, but I hold much respect for.

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  • Au global
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  • Shane
  • 2018-07-04

Great story, but....

Thee part of Tom was played completely by the wrong actor. It should have been performed by someone much younger and more age appropriate. Having said that, the story was good the characters were believable for the most part. Not exactly a thought-provoking story but a good listen.

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  • Elizabeth M
  • 2018-07-09

Narrator Choice

I will echo what many others have said, the choice of narrator for Tom took me right out of the story. His voice was clearly that of a 70 year old man, not a 40 something man.

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  • Haveenoughstuff
  • NJ
  • 2018-06-27

A book every parent of today’s teens should read.

We live in a world of fast paced technology and social media. Many parents have no clue how destructive social media and instant videos can be. I wouldn’t say I enjoyed this book because its subject matter is so disturbing. It’s a story with deceptive characters whose money greases their path of selfish greed and horrible behavior. It is also the story of characters with strong moral sense and fortitude to stand up against lies and hurtful behavior. Character is lacking in today’s society. This book reminds us there are still good people.

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Susan
  • 2018-07-01

Not her best.....could have been a great book!

I am not a professional book editor, but whoever edited this book should be fired! This book could have been excellent. However it us so lacking in so many areas, I am surprised it ever made it to print.

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  • Caser
  • 2018-09-22

Adolescent book?

This story was predictable and appropriate for young adults to read. It does touch on social situations young adults may encounter which are a bit disturbing. Just OK.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Kristen
  • 2018-10-04

not what I expected...

very predictable, too easy to read. Not what I expected from Emily Giffin. I would say it's her worst book

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