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 798 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


  • All We Ever Wanted

    By Violets23
    This is an outstanding plot with real characters. It holds the readers interest, and does not follow the cliches of happily ever after stories. It draws in all walks of life, and has a wonderful way to remind the reader that people are people.
  • 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 nilfhijt
    Good Read
  • All I ever wanted

    By emurph28
    I wanted romance and justice for the younger characters and a more satisfying ending.
  • All We Ever Wanted

    By Geri Wolf
    Sweet and not so sweet book. Couldn’t stop reading. Two hours late getting up right now. So “up to date” with life as it is in today’s world with women coming out of the dark and speaking out. But, with Finch getting off.
  • A quick read

    By Lover of good deals
    The book was a simple quick summer read. Nothing too riveting or exciting but it was good enough.
  • Good but dropped off

    By Kaget
    I really liked the book. It covers a lot of common day issues relative to today’s world. I was disappointed how the story just ended abruptly and fast forwarded 25 years.
  • All We Ever Wanted

    By Xdfht
    This book is boring and cliche:(
  • So good

    By ajsdfklja;kl
    Couldn’t put it down, finished it in a day and half. Wish we would of got more at the end rather then where it left off, but all in all an Awesome read.