Book Review: The One & Only by Emily Giffin

emily giffinSummary:

Emily Giffin, the beloved author of such novels as Something Borrowed and Where We Belong, returns with an extraordinary story of love and loyalty—and an unconventional heroine struggling to reconcile both.

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.

My Thoughts:

Emily Giffin is by far, hands down, my favorite women’s fiction author. I have devoured every book from her and will continue to do so, despite my feelings for her latest, The One & Only.

I was on the fence for a majority of the book and honestly, I think it was mostly because I was hoping it was going to end up the way I thought it was headed. There was a lot of back and forth in the book and it is something I’ve grown accustomed to with Giffin’s writing, but this time it felt…overly done. But, maybe that’s because I wasn’t a big fan of Shea or the story in general and couldn’t really appreciate what she was going through as a character.

Typically, I adore Giffin’s stellar writing, and this book is no exception. She is a fantastic storyteller, but I just couldn’t wrap my head around this one unfortunately. The whole time I kept picturing my best friend’s dad and that made things quite awkward. The character development wasn’t her best but it was still believable and even though most people had issues with all of the football stuff, I actually quite enjoyed it…especially since I am a Texas gal.

It really kills me that I can’t write a stellar 5-star review for Giffin, as I have done for all of her books in the past. This book, while still well researched and well written, was just a tad over-the-top for me. It is still a solid read though, maybe just not one I would recommend to everyone like I usually do with her books.

 

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