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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345546881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345546883
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,308 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The One & Only
 
“[Giffin’s] protagonists . . . live full, interesting lives outside the purely personal realm—[none] more so than Shea Rigsby, the funny, flawed, but sympathetic central character in . . . The One & Only.”The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
 
“[The One & Only] is a book you can glide through this summer. Find a shady spot, get a cool drink, and just luxuriate in the joy of a book well written.”The Huffington Post
 
“Giffin knows a thing or two about writing a page turner.”Southern Living
 
“Brace yourself for a tearjerker: A tale of friendship and loyalty in a small, football-crazed Texas town shows how quickly things can change when tragedy challenges all that the characters hold dear.”InStyle
 
The One & Only is one to read.”—Associated Press
 
Something Borrowed’s author weaves a complex romance.”Us Weekly
 
“You will be hypnotically engrossed in [this] fictional world within seconds. . . . Giffin has once again mastered the art of story telling through the narrative of the confident, strong Shea Rigsby.”Woodbury Magazine
 
“It is Giffin’s trademark honesty that makes the reader relate to and root for Shea and the rest of her female characters. . . . The One & Only is a poignant story about growing up and into your own skin.”BookPage

Praise for Emily Giffin
 
“Emily Giffin ranks as a grand master. . . . She has traversed the slippery slopes of true love, lost love, marriage, motherhood, betrayal, forgiveness and redemption that have led her to be called ‘a modern-day Jane Austen.’ ”—Chicago Sun-Times
 
“Giffin’s writing is true, smart, and heartfelt.”Entertainment Weekly
 
“[Giffin] excels at creating complex characters and quick-to-read stories that ask us to explore what we really want from our lives.”The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
 
“A dependably down-to-earth, girlfriendly storyteller.”—The New York Times
 
“Giffin’s talent lies in taking relatable situations and injecting enough wit and suspense to make them feel fresh.”—People
 
“When it comes to writing stories that resonate with real women, bestselling author Emily Giffin has hit her stride.”—San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Emily Giffin is the author of six New York Times bestselling novels: Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love the One You’re With, Heart of the Matter, and Where We Belong. A graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law, she lives in Atlanta lives with her husband and three young children.

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Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she moved to London to write full time. The author of six New York Times bestselling novels, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love The One You're With, Heart of the Matter, and Where We Belong, she lives in Atlanta with her husband and three young children. Visit www.emilygiffin.com.

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241 of 297 people found the following review helpful By belleTX on May 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The cover is not the only thing different about this book. It lacks the quality, realistic characters, and masterful character development that fans of Emily Giffin's work have come to expect. I have enjoyed Giffin's other books and bought this the day it came out. I found it to be a major disappointment, and I had to force myself to finish it. What makes Giffin's books so enjoyable is that the characters and situations are usually pretty relatable. Even if you haven't personally had their experiences, you could have, or you almost did, or you know someone who has. I could not relate to this book or its characters at all - and I'm roughly the same age as the main character, from Texas, and very familiar with Texas football culture.

Shea is easily the worst protagonist Giffin has ever created. She's boring and one dimensional. What does she enjoy other than football and its players? We don't really know. Shea loves to spout off random football statistics and facts, and there are entire pages that consist of nothing but namedropping football players, sports terminology, and statistics. We get it. These people like football. If I wanted to read page after page of Heisman Trophy winners, I'd pick up Sports Illustrated. I was half expecting to see footnotes inserted by Giffin that said, "LOOK!! I did my research!! FOOTBALL STATS. TEXAS. SPORTS WRITERS!!!"

The storylines and romantic relationships are baffling. Despite the way that Shea casually puts down groupies throughout the book, all three of her boyfriends are associated with the local football team. And none of these men have anything remotely in common other than their association with the football team... but she's not a groupie.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By DC on June 4, 2014
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I was very involved with the characters. This book was a real page turner for me! If you've enjoyed other books by this author, you'll enjoy this one, also.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By The Every Free Chance Reader on June 2, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It kept me hooked from beginning to end. I didn’t want to put it down.

Shea Rigsby isn’t your average woman. She is a die-hard Walker Broncos fan. She knows football like most people know the back of their hands. It’s not a “here are a few talking points that I ripped from the headlines” knowledge; it’s a “I memorized every Sports Illustrated article ever written and I could call most of the plays and be right” type of knowledge. I liked Shea from the beginning.

Lucy kind of rubbed me the wrong way. She is Shea’s best friend, but she’s going through a hard time. She just lost her mom, and she is realizing that she isn’t that close to her dad, the infamous Coach Carr. Lucy also realizes that Shea has a closer relationship with her dad than she does. Coach Carr is your stereotypical good-guy coach. I liked him from the beginning. But I was surprised by a few things. Ryan James — hotshot quarterback for the Cowboys, Walker alum — is back in town and after Shea. He definitely rubbed me the wrong way, but he had some good moments, too. There’s a story there.

There was only one story line–Shea’s dad, his wife, and their daughter–that seemed like it didn’t really belong. I didn’t quite see how it fit into the big picture. I got the point with Shea’s dad, and he fit in well with the story. But the wife and daughter were distractions in an otherwise great story.

The One & Only was another great read from Ms. Giffin. I will definitely buy a hard copy of this book to add to her other books sitting on my shelves. The story makes you happy, sad, giddy, excited, stressed, angry, you name it. All of this and great football moments as well. It was as if I were watching the plays instead of reading them.
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53 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Mel on June 1, 2014
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Emily Giffin's seventh book is quite possibly her best, but not for the reasons you would think. I say this after being absolutely sure her best was her last book, Where We Belong. The One and Only is arguably her best book though because it manages to be successful at all things stories must be successful at when they are unconventional....and frankly at times, uncomfortable...

The One and Only tells the story of 33-year-old Shea Rigsby, who born in the small town of Walker, Texas, appears to have only one singular passion: college football. In a circle-of-life scenario, the novel ironically begins with a funeral and ends hopefully with a National Championship game. Along the way, Shea must break her rut of complacency and realize that Walker football is not the one and only thing she cares about. This book is about "the things that endure in defeat, and even death. The things that make football like life -- and life like a game of football."

I'm not gonna lie. I didn't think I could love this book, but its unexpected-ness made me love it more. And truthfully, there will be people who will dismiss this book and not even try to let it into their hearts because of its unconventional love story. I've even seen people call it "incestuous" (cringe). I can see where they're coming from... Like them, I read the first 30% of this book feeling, at times, uncomfortable. And all the football jargon takes some getting used to for those who don't know or love the game, but I hung in there because this is Emily Giffin! Her books are a standard pre-order purchase for me, and frankly, I paid almost $12 for this Kindle book!
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