The one and only book review

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the one and only book review

The Spoiler Queen: The One & Only (Emily Giffin)

Her style of writing is typically easy and entertaining and I knew I could look forward to settling down each night with a few chapters before falling asleep. The One and Only is a story told from the perspective of Shea Rigsby, a thirty-three-year-old sports reporter born and raised in the small college town of Walker, Texas. Along the way she is forced to face some of her deepest desires which could cost her some of the most important relationships in her life. The beginning did a great job grabbing my attention and keeping me intrigued as I continued to read. Throughout the book, there was a significant amount of time spent discussing the details of college football which might be a turn off for some women. As I reached the middle to end of the the story, the direction for the main character became clearly evident.
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Book Review: The One & Only

I had to stop reading when Ryan's ex-wife secretly warned Shea about his temper, and then Shea buys Taco Bell and secretly brings it to Coach's house late at night. Too many warning bells going off! Thanks for your spoiler review - now I know what happens without having to finish the book! Your review is nicely written, too! I stopped reading when Coach asked Shea to go for a run I seriously had to read back to see if I had misread their ages..

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On a May night, this Long Island, New York, venue is packed with females and the demographic is vast: teenage girls, young women, and senior citizens all seated in place. As she puts it, her protagonist, Shea Rigsby, is asking: Am I meeting my destiny? In the small college town of Walker, Texas, where people are devoted to football and the thrill of the game, Coach Carr is a local celebrity. This season means even more since his wife, Connie, passed away; he hopes for a championship win in her honor. Meanwhile, Shea is sifting through her early thirties and concludes that her life is a bit too comfortable, a bit too stagnant. She yearns to change directions. She breaks up with her boyfriend where there is an inherent lack of connection , and she begins to date a famous quarterback.

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. 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. 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. Her new book is no exception. In her bestsellers she has tackled themes such as betrayal, adultery and heartbreak while keeping her characters relatable, albeit flawed….

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2 thoughts on “Emily Giffin | The One & Only

  1. Start by marking “The One & Only” as Want to Read: In her eagerly awaited new novel, beloved New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin returns with an extraordinary story of love and loyalty—and an unconventional heroine struggling to reconcile both. Thirty-three-year-old Shea.

  2. Not long before Fey went public with her ambivalence, at least 20 people forwarded me a Time magazine cover story by Lauren Sandler.

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