All We Ever Wanted - Emily Giffin

All We Ever Wanted

Author: Emily Giffin

  • Publication Date: 2018-06-26
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 2,004 Ratings)


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this riveting 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

“Giffin’s novel has style and substance . . . . Truly excellent."The Washington Post

“If you’re looking for a book club selection, All We Ever Wanted is bound to spark meaningful and meaty discussions.”The Augusta Chronicle

“A page-turning exploration of wealth and privilege.”Entertainment Weekly


  • Good read

    By lacey_lu_who
    Not what I was expecting. Very realistic for today's times.
  • Don’t waste your time

    By Snoozlin
    Bore Zzzz Don’t waste your time!
  • Don’t waist you tome

    By jackie3rh
    Not worth reading
  • Amazing

    By Miaya g
    Read this in three days! It literally was amazing I couldn’t stop reading it!
  • Ehh

    By sazak89
    Least favorite novel by her thus far. I’d prefer a different concept, it read very immature to me.
  • Loved

    By Isabel Bekele
    Loved this book! The ending was a tad unsatisfying in a way, but besides that it was excellent
  • Don’t miss this

    By Golfgirl93
    What a great read... love how the story is told from the perspectives of different main characters and the growth they experience. A book that is very hard to put down as you cheer on each of the characters and are simply reminded that “people matter”- inspiring! An added bonus is the “Nashville” scene- fun to recognize some Nashville hotspots and local lingo if you’re an insider.
  • Wonderful

    By emily bju
    Beautifully written and touches on a topic that we all should be made aware of and fight for!
  • What we were

    By joycetrue1951
    Good Read
  • All I ever wanted

    By emurph28
    I wanted romance and justice for the younger characters and a more satisfying ending.