Review by Melinda Garza
In Emily Giffin's novel, All We Ever Wanted, we come to meet Nina, who is subjected to choose between her family and her values. Nina and Kirk Browning live a very wealthy life after Kirk sold his software company. Together they have a son named Finch. Finch recently was accepted into Princeton University. They were "that" couple and to everyone; they looked perfect yet something was off about them. As a matter of fact, Finch spoke very little to Nina and she suspected Kirk was cheating on her. One night, Nina and Kirk attended an event but what happened during that event at a totally different location changed the Brownings’ lives forever.
That night, Finch attended a party. Also in attendance at the party was Lyla. Lyla is the daughter of single parent Tom. Tom works multiple jobs so as to give Lyla a better life. She also attends the same prestigious school as Finch. Unlike Finch, she attends on scholarship as they cannot afford tuition outright. She has a crush on Finch but he is dating Polly. At the party, in which Lyla was not given permission to attend, a picture was taken of her and was uploaded onto the Internet. She was half naked in the picture and drunk. A racist comment was also posted with the picture. The post came from Finch's phone.
Finch gets in trouble with his school for doing such a thing and his college admission could be jeopardized. He has to have a hearing as to what his consequences will be but Kirk attempts to give Tom hush money. Tom then returns the money to Nina when they secretly meet. After meeting up with Tom, Nina has personal battles to deal with as to whether to believe Kirk and Finch's story or follow her own morals and convictions. Is this horrible incident one that Nina and Kirk can survive? Does Nina want their relationship to survive? Did Finch really take Lyla's picture and post it?
Emily Giffin, again, does not disappoint with this novel. Her characters are complicated and the story is powerful and intriguing. This is a definite page turner, one you cannot put down.
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Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she moved to London to write full time. The author of seven New York Times bestselling novels, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love The One You're With, Heart of the Matter, Where We Belong, and The One & Only, she lives in Atlanta with her husband and three young children.
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