Posts Tagged ‘Emily Giffin

08
Aug
14

Scootsa1000’s #CBR6 Review 30: The One & Only by Emily Giffin

Unknown-1I dare you to read this book and not picture Kyle Chandler in your head for all 433 pages. Go ahead. I dare you.

It can’t be done.

And really, that’s fine with me. It only made the book more enjoyable for me.

The One & Only is the story of Shea, a 30-something woman in a Texas town that is all about it’s local college football team. Shea works in the athletic department at Walker, her alma mater, and never misses a football game. She lives and breathes football, much to the confusion of her best friend, Lucy. Oh, and Lucy just so happens to be the daughter of Coach Carr, the winningest coach in Walker football history.

When Lucy’s mom dies suddenly from a fast-moving cancer, Shea starts to re-examine her life. Is working in the athletic department all she really wants in life? What about her love of writing?

Can she do better than her stoner boyfriend, Miller, the former Walker back up quarterback? Or should she move on to Ryan James — former Walker QB and now Dallas Cowboys superstar? He’s shown interest in her, and everybody just adores him.

And what about Lucy and her family? Will they be ok after losing their mom, who held their family together? Will Shea’s complicated friendships with Lucy and with Coach Carr make it easier for them to move on?

Like in her previous books, Giffin tells a pleasant story, and often dances around difficult social situations. Here we deal with adultery, grief, and domestic violence, but I never really found this to be a “difficult” book.

And then we have Coach Taylor. I mean Coach Carr. If you aren’t rooting for him to have a happy ending at the end of this book, well, then I guess you haven’t watched Friday Night Lights before.

I guess the biggest compliment that I can give this book is, that after 433 pages, I was disappointed there wasn’t more. I could have read about Shea and Coach for another 433 pages.

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20
Aug
13

Scootsa1000’s #CBR5 Review 35: Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

Unknown-1I apologize in advance for my rambling and disjointed review. I have to go school supply shopping today and I’m a bit frazzled.

How strange that I just finished — without intending to do so — two novels with the main plot being about teenage pregnancy, adoption, and the adopted teen finding the birth mother. In both (the other being Finding Colin Firth) books, the birth mother’s life is incomplete, for reasons she can’t quite put her finger on, until the missing daughter shows up on her doorstep, bringing her life full circle.

Weird.

I had no idea what Giffin’s new book was about when I picked it up. I’m pretty sure I had read all of her previous books (but haven’t seen that dreadful looking movie with Kate Hudson), so I grabbed it at the library and read it in an afternoon.

Giffin is a good storyteller. You mostly like the characters that you are supposed to like, and you aren’t so crazy about others that she’s decided aren’t so great. In this case, we liked Kirby, the 18 year old adopted girl living in St. Louis. She’s got a great family that she loves, but somehow has always felt like a bit of an outsider. When she comes of age, she’s allowed access to the file on her birth mother, and decides to go and find her, to see if her birth family is a bit more like her — musical and creative, a bit of a loner, and not so academically focused as others in her family.

Her birth mother, Marian, was a bit of a question mark. She’s an incredibly famous tv producer in New York, writing and producing a very “Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia” type show on her local network. She’s dating the CEO of the network and lives the fabulous life. BUT. Something is missing. Marian thinks its marriage. Until Kirby shows up on her doorstep.

As Marian’s past comes out, and we learn about the events up to — and after — her teen pregnancy, honestly, I wanted to punch her in the face. And I wanted to hug Kirby’s birth father, Conrad, and let him know that everything would be all right.

If I had to guess, I’d say that Giffin was setting up these characters for a sequel (I think she’s done that before, right?), so we can either A) see the story from Conrad’s perspective, or B) see what happens to Marian and everyone else after Marian steps up and acknowledges all of the horrible decisions she made over the past 18 years. But honestly, I don’t really want to read another book about Marian, unless she’s a secondary character. She and her mom really pissed me off (her mother! Argh!). But I loved her dad and Conrad and Kirby and Kirby’s boyfriend, and would be happy to read about them again anytime.

 




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