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The One & Only: A Novel Hardcover – May 20, 2014
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“A page turner.”—Southern Living
“The One & Only is one to read.”—Associated Press
“Giffin scores again by bringing her discerning understanding of matters of the heart.”—Family Circle
“A poignant story about growing up and growing into your own skin.”—BookPage
“Touching.”—New York Daily News
“Deep, beautifully written . . . [Emily Giffin’s] latest focuses on a forbidden love of sorts, but in a new setting: a fictional small college town in Texas.”—Marie Claire
“Each and every page of this story is entertaining. . . . Giffin is a talented writer who always comes up with a plot that is just a bit different than anything others are writing about. . . . Find a shady spot; get a cool drink, and just luxuriate in the joy of a book well written.”—The Huffington Post
“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 . . . [A] page-turner.”—InStyle
“[Giffin’s] protagonists . . . live full, interesting lives outside the purely personal realm—no more so than Shea Rigsby, the funny, flawed, but sympathetic central character in the The One & Only.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“In bestseller Giffin’s much-anticipated latest, a young woman’s life is upended when tragedy strikes the football-obsessed Texas town she’s always called home.”—People
“To fill your Friday Night Lights void: A tale of die-hard love in a diehard Texas football town from the bestselling author of Something Borrowed.”—Cosmopolitan
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
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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.Read more ›
The One & Only by Emily Giffin is the first book I've read that Emily has written. [This is also my first read for the Summer Reading Challenge 2014 from BookSparks PR. Yay!] Okay, so, yeah. I am having a bit of trouble forming my thoughts on this story. I cannot stop thinking about it and the different characters and just all the things in the book. Let's see. I'm going to try to form a review that makes sense, because mostly, my brain is just going "oh my goodness!" from this story. :)
For nearly three-fourths of the story, I kept feeling like I was on the fence. Just back and forth on my feelings about everything...about Shea, about her as a person and her choices. There were some moments where I really just found her unbelievable and silly and just wanted to shake her. There were other times that I really liked her and could understand where she was coming from. Shea has a lot of issues. It seems like all the relationships in her life - friends, boyfriends, family, just every one - is awkward and strange and has some moments where it just doesn't seem real. The one relationship that does seem real and uncomplicated in her life is her relationship with football.
The football aspects of this story were actually some of my favorite parts. As an Ohio girl who is a huge football fan, and a Dallas Cowboys fan, I really enjoyed those elements of the book. I liked football as the cornerstone that brought everything together. I think without it, the story would have been a lot harder for me to accept and enjoy. I actually found myself more caught up in the Walker games than anything else!Read more ›
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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have generally enjoyed Emily Giffen's other novels, but this one missed the mark. It is clear that Giffen intends for the reader to root for the protagonist and her "true... Read morePublished 3 days ago by K. K. Smith
This book started out interestingly enough, but the development of the main character never happened.. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Sue Schneider
Absolutely loved this book and finished it in a day. I did not want to put it down and loved the characters. This was a book unlike any other I have read. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Trisha Wilson
Like many of Giffin's stories, this is another book about unconventional love. While I can't imagine something like this happening to myself, it was just so compelling and... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Melinda
I have really enjoyed all of Giffin's other books, but was disappointed by this one. It took me longer than usual to get through this book and I contemplating just stopping reading... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoy Emily Giffin's writing - she makes me laugh as well as shake my head in agreement to what her characters think. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Jane Schmitz