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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 (2,332 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a huge Emily Giffin fan. I have loved every single one of her books, so I'm sorry to say I absolutely hated this book. First, the book was nothing like her past books. While there is nothing wrong with changing things up a bit, why fix something when it isn't broken? Second, football was talked about WAY too much. I love sports, so that is not my issue. It was the pure obsession with football in this book that drove me insane. Finally, and the worst thing about this book, was the romantic relationship between the main character and Coach Carr. It was absolutely disgusting and extremely difficult to read at times. Coach Carr was a man who practically raised the main character. The infatuation and then the sudden proclamation of love for each other was odd, disturbing, and distasteful. Instead of being happy when I finished the book I sat with my mouth agape. I will quickly be removing this book from my bookshelf.
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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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Wow...where to start. I could tell where the book was going in the first 10 chapters and jumped to the end to confirm my suspicions. First of all, let me say that I was completely misled on what the book was going to be about. Based on the initial synopses, descriptions I read, I anticipated a book about a woman who had completely settled for her small town and small town life, believing she was happy and that this is all there is. But something happened to open her eyes to the fact that she wasn't truly happy but just settling and her story would then be about her moving on and finding herself. Yeah not so much...especially considering she not only ends up still in the same town, still utterly obsessed with and consumed by the same team and sport she was babbling about incessantly from the first chapter but more importantly with someone who represented everything about the town and sport.

Which speaking of who Shea ends up with...oh dear. Yeah that's one of the things I saw coming a mile away, from the awkward fixing of her hair and drunk dialing him to tell him how much she loved him, which of course she quickly and defensively went "not like that." Yeah totally saw that one coming and was the main reason I quit reading. Listen I don't have an issue with May-December romances and Emily Griffin has sort of made a career telling somewhat unconventional love stories that you're technically not supposed to root for but do (see Something Borrowed for example). The difference is that while these relationships may have been somewhat crappy, selfish situations at times, they weren't creepy. Shea's relationship with the Coach is, in my opinion.

I am sorry, but this is a man who knew this woman as a baby and practically helped raise her along with his own daughter.
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A young woman is a major fan of football and because of this may have forgone romantic pursuits to instead pursue her career and passion. I loved how setting it in Texas, and not ever having been there Giffin sets a great stage for a small town where football is the core of the town. There was no doubt that Walker, Texas cared more about football than most anything else.

The arc of this character was fantastic and may have been predictable at times, the sweetness of the story won out. I wanted her to find happiness on the job, life and love - I love it when I am rooting for the character, makes the book so much better. The secondary characters were just as great as the main, I wouldn't mind a follow up book that took the story further in one of their view points.
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