Margin Notes: Bit of a bust...

The One & Only

In her eagerly awaited new novel, beloved New York Timesbestselling author Emily Giffin returns with an extraordinary story of love and loyalty—and an unconventional heroine struggling to reconcile both.

Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.

But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.

Thoughtful, funny, and brilliantly observed, The One & Only is a luminous novel about finding your passion, following your heart, and, most of all, believing in something bigger than yourself . . . the one and only thing that truly makes life worth living.

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Ugh. I've liked Emily Giffin books in the past, but this one left me cold. As someone else said, it was a page turner, but mostly b/c I kept waiting for some corner to turn, for something to get better. I thought the main character was well developed--she's deeply flawed and unlikable (in my opinion). I just didn't like her and I really didn't like her relationships with other people.

This book tackles some big issues, death of a mom, infidelity, parent / child relationships, abusive relationships, old/young dating, ethics in sports, ethics in relationships, and all of it was just icky and superficial and nothing is really delved into at any sort of depth that would make up for the lack of accountability by any of the characters.

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