Book Review – All We Ever Wanted

All We Ever Wanted

After reading some heavy hitters, I was grateful Book Club selected some chick litty, domestic fiction. I needed a mindless read – one where no one gets murdered or taken captive. While this book was deeper than I expected, it was still the 3.5 I was looking for – something a little better than average, but nothing crazy.

Book 34:
All We Ever Wanted
by Emily Giffin

Domestic Fiction

June 2018

Synopsis According to Mandi:
Without spoilers, All We Ever Wanted is the story of parenthood in a digital age. Nina and Kirk Browning’s privileged son, Finch, finds himself tangled up in a mess that could disrupt his promising future when a drunken photo of Lyla Volpe, the daughter of a middle class, single dad, Tom, gets passed about from Finch’s phone.

Favorite Quote(s):

“I cherished our filterless relationship and considered it the truest measure of a best friend, greater than pure affection. Who was the person you trusted enough to be your most transparent self with, in both good times and bad?” 

-Emily Giffin, All We Ever Wanted

Awards (based upon my brief research):
None yet.


My Overall Rating:
3.5 – Given its genre, this was another quick read. I really appreciated the normalness and relativity of the plot to today’s society. Unfortunately, I think this type of issue is too common and awareness needs to be raised of it. The way Nina and Lyla have been treated by men/boys is unacceptable, yet women are so often misled to believe their being treated this way is their own fault. This is why Finch’s character made me absolutely bonkers. I have Finches in my life, and I hate that, in some respect, I was their Lyla. That being said, Lyla’s character was incredibly believable for me. Still, there were aspects of the plot that were cheesier than necessary, but I suppose that comes with the genre. It was a great book. I would recommend it, but it wasn’t anything crazy in my opinion.