All We Ever Wanted - Emily Giffin

All We Ever Wanted

By Emily Giffin

  • Release Date: 2018-06-26
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 246 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In the riveting new novel from the #1 bestselling 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

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 teenaged 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

“Nina Browning has it all: the handsome husband, the Ivy-League-bound teenage son, and the big house in the Nashville suburbs. But with one unthinkable social media post from her beloved child, could it all fall apart? Dealing with issues of class, money, and race, All We Ever Wanted is the book everyone will be talking about.”PopSugar

“This complex and layered novel will give you all the feels.” Brit + Co

“This thought-provoking novel follows two Nashville families as they struggle with the fallout from a horrible incident. . . . It's one of Giffin's most topical, gripping books yet.”Good Housekeeping


  • Good Quick Read... Ending is Lacking

    By klninn
    I enjoyed the read but thought the ending could have been better. It just seemed to end in an odd place.
  • All We Ever Wanted

    By Princessbride66
    Loved the characters and drama of this story. Well built and gritty, I could tell you I know people just like them. I only gave four stars because I thought the author portrayed the older characters extremely well, but the teens were a bit less concrete .
  • She does it again...

    By Cobretti45
    I have been reading her books for years... amazing!! I love all her books.. can’t put them down!!
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    By byrdielovesme
    According to the author, rich people are not nice and those who are not wealthy can make fun of them. Let’s think about who does more philanthropically. There is also a 16 year old who has intercourse and is referred to in the book as a wonderful girl. I am thinking the author is leaning too much toward socialism. I did not enjoy this book.
  • All we ever wanted

    By JayM2Z
    All I ever wanted in a book! Love Emily Giffin books so much!
  • Great read

    By Nick_45_mayry_44
    Nicely written, moves along quickly. Good story to read if you have or will soon have high school kids. Makes you think.
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  • Incredible

    By Megggz
    Such a great read. So hard to put down. Didn’t want it to end.
  • A genuine read

    By Lo_MD
    This book is incredible. I randomly stumbled upon it when I was considering buy an iBook and it was SO worth it. It hits home to me in so many ways and I long to have a mother as good-hearted as nina browning.
  • Excellent

    By Dandee13
    I couldn’t wait to read another of Emily Giffin’s books and I certainly was not disappointed. I couldn’t put the book down. She takes you right to the core of the characters and what they are feeling. This book touches on a topic that is so prevalent in today’s world. Truly a remarkable book and story you will not want to miss.