Thursday, May 14, 2015

The One and Only by Emily Giffin


From Goodreads:

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.

I admit, I was completely wigged out by this book.  It's the only Emily Giffin I've read and I picked it up because it had the whole Friday Night Lights, Texas football theme going for it, but in the end, I could have done without this book.  Don't get me wrong, the writing was good, thoughtful, evocative - it was the story that made grossed me out.  That sounds mean, I know and I'm sorry, but the whole hooking up with your best friend's dad, whose wife just died and how she completely does whatever he tells her...  It just hit all my wiggy buttons.  I'm sorry Emily Giffin fans, I mean no disrespect, I will definitely try another of her books, I just wish it hadn't been this story that I read first.


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