Let me begin by saying that Emily Giffin is an auto-buy author for me and this is the best book of hers I have read in a while.
Emily Giffin became wildly popular with Something Borrowed and Something Blue. And ever since reading those two books, I have felt like a drug addict chasing the high of those two books when it comes to reading her work.
I feel like nothing had really compared or lived up to the romantic romcom of those characters and storyline.
All We Ever Wanted is not a romantic comedy in any sense but once I actually stopped putting it down, I couldn’t put it down.
All We Ever Wanted is a coming of age story for a teenage girl named Lyla who is just trying to find her place in an upscale private school. Her father, Tom, who is trying to provide a better life than he had as a single parent to Lyla. The main female adult character, Nina, who sees herself as just a trophy wife to her husband after all these years. And Nina’s son, Finch, who is your typical spoiled brat kid who has no idea how good he actually has it and takes everything for granted.
Their stories all intertwined and touch on class relations, race, suicide and the idea of a better life and having it all.
All of their lives run parallel to one another until Lyla attends a party one night and a picture is taken of her in a compromising situation. Everything changes for all the characters after that night. Was it just a drunken mistake? Who is telling the truth and who is lying? Is it just kids being kids?