All We Ever Wanted, by Emily Giffin
September book of the month is All We Ever Wanted, by Emily Giffin
Emily Giffin’s, All We Ever Wanted, touches on many of today’s issues of social media, wealth & privilege, self-worth, and racism. I have never read an Emily Giffin book. I chose it based on a book club recommendation.
I was surprised at how much I related to it. For starters, Lila is a middle-class, half-Brazilian teenager attending a private school — exactly like my daughters. Tom is her hard working father. Nina is the upper-class mother that is heart broken over her’s son’s bad choice. They are brought together over a careless, drunken moment where Nina’s son, Fitch, posts a half-naked photo of of Lila with a racist caption.
The main story line has to do with the photo, but there are also touches of romance, class inequalities, materialism, marital problems, and family relations. The vast array of topics makes it quite an emotional read. However, despite the pain and conflict there is also hope. Definitely a good read, as well as, an author to keep an eye on. Just keep some tissues handy!
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