All We Ever Wanted

All We Ever Wanted

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Random House UK


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 teenage 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.


In my pre-blogging days, I read 2 of Emily Giffin’s books. When this popped up on NetGalley, I have to admit that I was very intrigued. It was lovely to read Emily’s writing again and I loved how this book didn’t solely focus on romance. Totally refreshing!

All We Ever Wanted centres around social media, the rich kids, racism and self-worth. All so very relevant to what’s going on in the world right now. Initially, I wasn’t sure whether Emily was taking on too much with these topics, but for me, it did work. In this story, an explicit photo was taken of a girl at a party, by a rich guy. It ends up circling around social media alongside a racist caption and all involved end up having to deal with the fall out. We end up wondering who is responsible for the photo being circulated and we wonder what really happened that night.

Nina, the mother of the boy that allegedly took the photo, finds herself questioning her son and his upbringing. Was giving him every single thing he ever wanted a bad choice? Nina also finds herself questioning her marriage. Her husband’s attitude has become increasingly frustrating to her. He thinks if he throws money at the situation it will disappear and their son will have no problem with his acceptance to Princeton.

Lyla’s dad is a single parent and incredibly overprotective. He is determined to not let this incident slide and get justice for Lyla’s own self-worth. I really liked Lyla. I think she was a typical in love, naive teenager who wanted to believe the best in people. I still think I’m like that now.

There are some fabulous characters within these pages and I certainly found this story so easy to read. I was desperate to find out what the repercussions were going to be. If you’re a fan of women’s fiction, then I think you’d find this book very enjoyable!

Would I recommend it?:

A decent read from Emily Giffin! 

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