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Praise for The One & Only
 
“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

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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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: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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369 of 457 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By book lover on July 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I'm a long-time fan of Giffin's work, but this was my favorite novel of hers, by far.

I loved this book, and reading it made me late for work this morning. I started the book yesterday afternoon, read throughout the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby and Celebrity softball game, stayed awake till 3 am reading, and woke up late but continued to read as I got ready for work this morning. I even tried to read in the shower but realized that I'd end up with a very wet book. Great pacing and characters.

It's rare to find a novel that combines so many of the things I love: sports, family dynamics, Texas, coming of age, strong female characters, and love. But your novel hit on all of those areas with excellence. From the first page, at Connie's funeral, till the end, I liked Shea and rooted for her. But wasn't perfect, which made me like her even more. She was flawed, which the best heroines are. But she always had the sincerity, humor, kindness, and passion for football that made her someone I'd like to hang out with in real life. If she were a real person, that is.

Coach Carr (I can't bring myself to call him Clive) was also amazing. Again, he wasn't perfect, but he was genuine, caring, passionate, and something about him was sexy as hell.

The only character who got on my nerves was Lucy. She won me over by the end of the novel, but throughout most of it, she was quite the selfish prima donna. However, I'm glad she and Shea were always there for each other.

Another winner for Emily Giffin
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gayle Madonna on July 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Think this is one of Emily's best yet. Just loved the book and her characters,
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48 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Brooke Bumgardner on May 23, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
My thoughts on the book, no spoilers. This review also appears on Brooke Blogs.

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!
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