ARC Review: All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

All We Ever WantedAll We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 grown even more as an author in this book. (That’s meant to be a compliment… each book always seems to be like this as well.)

The book had multiple point of views. We had Nina Browning, who was married to Kirk Browning. They also had a son named Finch. Finch attended a prestigious private school. The other point of view was told by Tom Volpe. He was a single dad to Lyla and she attended the private school as a scholarship student. We also had Lyla’s point of view too. Normally more than two point of views is confusing, but they helped add more to this story. Lyla’s point of view also added more to what happened with what was going on in the book.

Each character point of view was important to the plot because they each dealt with the compromising scandal in different ways. The mother of the accused suspect kept trying to do the right thing and her character was admirable especially since she married into wealth. Her husband, Kirk wanted to take the easy way out at one point. Tom was a single dad trying hard to raise his daughter in a good lifestyle. He tried to do what was right for his daughter, Lyla. Lyla was right in the middle of everything.

I liked the diversity in the story. The scandals in the story was handled in a way that allowed the story to come into a complete circle in the end.

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin is a four star read because I liked the way it was written, and all of the characters grew on me, even the ones that didn’t have their own point of views. The characters also made it be an enjoyable read. I liked how different the plot was from her other other books too. This book is perfect for anybody who appreciates Emily Giffin books or wants to read their first one.

Thank you publishers again for giving me the chance to read the book!


I decided to write a review today after all.  I meant to review this ages ago. Have you read Emily Giffin’s other books? Have you watched the movie Something Borrowed? I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve read by her. What are you currently reading?  Feel free to drop a comment below!

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7 thoughts on “ARC Review: All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin”

  1. My friend is sending me the arc of this. I’ve read a couple of her books. Some I’ve liked and some I disliked. I did enjoy the last book she wrote so I am interested to see how I feel about this. I honestly had no idea it wasn’t chick-lit. I also watched the movie Something Borrowed. I enjoyed it. I felt it was true to the book. Did you watch the movie?


    1. Yes! I have seen Something Borrowed. I’m forever waiting for Something Blue. All we ever wanted might be marked as chick lit, but I didn’t think it was chick lit anyway. It was a good different to me.

      I think the only book I have left to read by her is Heart of the Matter. I’ve started it but never finished it.

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      1. I wish they made a movie for Something Blue but I don’t know if that will happen. I would love if they did though. It seems most people classifed it as fiction on goodreads but some did put it under chick lit.

        I have to read Heart of the Matter and Where We Belong. I own both just haven’t picked them up.

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  2. If you get to the end of the credits of Something Blue there is a short clip of the Something Blue movie in it. Have you seen that clip? Ohhh I loved Where We Belong. I’d reread it again sometime. Sorry I missed this comment.


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