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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The One and Only by Emily Giffin

The One and Only
by Emily Giffin
Penguin Random House
ISBN: 978-0-385-68044-8
Buy from Indigo

Description: Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.

But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.

Thoughtful, funny, and brilliantly observed, The One & Only is a luminous novel about finding your passion, following your heart, and, most of all, believing in something bigger than yourself . . . the one and only thing that truly makes life worth living.

The Good Stuff
  • Giffin is an engaging author, keeps you reading even if you don't completely love the story, you cannot help yourself, you want to read till the end
  • Enjoyed that Shea was so feminine yet so involved in football but author made sure that it came across that you can be a women and a football fan (Hope this makes sense)
  • Didn't love this one, but will still pick up the next story she writes, as I truly enjoy the way she writes
  • Loved Miller - hmm maybe a book about him

The Not So Good Stuff
  • I just was so creeped (Yes I know its a prejudice, but I just kept thinking ICKY) out by her love for her best friends father, I just couldn't.  The main character obviously has some Daddy issues I am so sorry, no matter how good Giffen's writing is, I just couldn't love it for this reason alone
  • Most of the characters were more caricatures 
  • I love her writing and her ability to tell a story but I feel so bad, I just didn't love this one. That being said good enough for me to keep reading til the end even though there was so much I didn't like
  • The rape issue was just fluffed over which didn't sit right with me

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Cremation was definitely the way to go. It was the way I wanted to go, rather than risk the possibility of going out on a bad-hair day."

"Wasn't there  something to be said for working to live, as opposed to living to work."

2.75 Dewey's

I received this from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.  Sorry guys you know I have to be honest

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