All We Ever Wanted

All We Ever WantedAll We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“But I cherished our filterless relationship and considered it the truest measure of a best friend, greater than pure affection. Who was the person you trusted enough to be your most transparent self with, in both good times and bad?”

We’ve all read this story one million times before. The bad rich white boy takes advantage of the poor defenseless girl of color. There is a scandal at the prestigious private school they attend. And then the fallout. Giffin jumps on the #metoo bandwagon with a didactic and shallow attempt to teach us all a lesson. She just tries to cover too much territory. The characters are weak and annoying, and the writing is extremely juvenile. Perhaps there may be some value to this book for a YA audience. The setting in Nashville was kind of cool, but that’s about it. Two stars.

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