Everything We Ever Wanted PDF/EPUB ç Everything We

Everything We Ever Wanted PDF/EPUB ç Everything We Reading this insightful novel by Sara Shepard made me uncomfortable at times The self destructive behavior of some of her characters may hit a little close to home for some readers, and I think that many readers may recognize themselves in some of the characters.Sylvie is a wealthy recent widow, and mother to two grown sons Charles, her birth son and Scott, adopted when he just a few years old Charles always felt that he disappointed his father, that he wasn t the son his father wanted Scott Reading this insightful novel by Sara Shepard made me uncomfortable at times The self destructive behavior of some of her characters may hit a little close to home for some readers, and I think that many readers may recognize themselves in some of the characters.Sylvie is a wealthy recent widow, and mother to two grown sons Charles, her birth son and Scott, adopted when he just a few years old Charles always felt that he disappointed his father, that he wasn t the son his father wanted Scott is an angry, sullen young man whom everyone feels they have to tiptoe around lest they set him off Charles recently married Joanna, a young woman from a different side of town, whose troubled mother is always visiting the ER complaining of various illnesses.Sylvie s grandfather ran a local boarding school for children from wealthy families Sylvie adored her grandfather, even living in his home and serving on the board of the school A scandal at the school involves Scott, who works as a wrestling coach.I found the fact that no one in Sylvie s family ever really communicated honestly with each other led to bad decisions, or worse, no decisions at all I wanted to shake them all out of their stasis, yet at the same time, understood their reluctance to face their problems head on It is a part of human nature we can all relate to.Shepard s characters are authentic and heartbreaking She really gets into the nitty gritty of what it means to be a newlywed, a mom, a widow, a son The title of the book refers to what happens when you think you have everything you ever wanted Joanna has Charles, whom she has dreamed of meeting since she was a young girl, Sylvie has her work at the school and her good, respected family name Scott grew up in an intact, wealthy family with every monetary advantage Charles has a lovely wife and a brand new house But once you have everything you want, you may realize that it may not be everything you hoped it to be.This is a novel that will make you squirm a little bit, and maybe even encourage you to be a littleintrospective about your own life.rating 4 of 5 About the Book One phone call can change everything When Sylvie Bates McAllister, a recently widowed mother of two, receives a late night phone call from the prestigious school founded by her grandfather, her family is thrown into chaos Her adopted son Scott may have been involved in a hazing scandal and it may or may not have led to the death of one of the boys he coaches on the school team Sylvie must decide between maintaining her outwardly perfect life the family estate outside Phi About the Book One phone call can change everything When Sylvie Bates McAllister, a recently widowed mother of two, receives a late night phone call from the prestigious school founded by her grandfather, her family is thrown into chaos Her adopted son Scott may have been involved in a hazing scandal and it may or may not have led to the death of one of the boys he coaches on the school team Sylvie must decide between maintaining her outwardly perfect life the family estate outside Philadelphia inherited from her grandfather, the school, the reputation and the son who she feels wants nothing to do with her For all the Bates McAllisters, the phone call awakens questions lain dormant for years, revealing a tangled web of secrets that ties the family together the mystery of the school hazing, Sylvie s deceased husband s locked filing cabinet, the event that tore Charles and Scott apart the night of their high school graduation, and the intended recipient of a certain bracelet The quest to push past a legacy of resentment and judgments to unravel the truth takes the family on individual journeys across state lines, into hospitals, through the Pennsylvania woods, and face to face with the question what if the life you always planned for, and dreamed of, isn t what you want at all My Review One thing I always like to do is figure out why a book has been giving its name It took me a while to figure out where the title came from It actually took me to the end of the book To tell you, would be giving the book away and I want you to read it instead I could not quite figure out the plot to this book I guess I was looking for a complicated plot when it became apparent to me that I was looking for something that was not there the plot was simple The book is about a family that struggles through life, something we all do It is about how we do the best we can through each phase of our lives The book is about how we make mistakes It is about how we say things we wish we could take back the way we do things we wish we hadn t The book is about how we do things to get the attention of those we love It is a story about how complicated relationships can be those haunting memories of what could have been should have been It is about what finally breaks us what finally allow us to either connect or disconnect with people It is only when we peel away the layers of the past that we clearly see the present and begin the future, thus fulfilling our destiny The only disappointment in the book for me was the ending The ending left you with the impression that all works out, but I would have liked that extra chapter I am a closer I am giving this book two thumbs up that is all I have and would highly recommend reading it Sara Shepard graduated from New York University and has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College The author of the bestselling young adult series, Pretty Little Liarsand The Lying Game, as well as the adult novel, The Visibles, she currently lives outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her husband and dogs This book is set for release in October 2011 Everything We Ever WantedSara Shepard321 Pages Realistic Fiction This is book is about a rich family that owns a very high up and expensive school When the father dies of an aneurism the family is broken When the father dies and they find out he was having an affair with his son s girlfriend the whole family is shocked His brother was committed of hazing the kids on the wresting team at the school When the whole family is accused and not wont speak up their mother Sylvie questions her son W Everything We Ever WantedSara Shepard321 Pages Realistic Fiction This is book is about a rich family that owns a very high up and expensive school When the father dies of an aneurism the family is broken When the father dies and they find out he was having an affair with his son s girlfriend the whole family is shocked His brother was committed of hazing the kids on the wresting team at the school When the whole family is accused and not wont speak up their mother Sylvie questions her son What will happen to their family Will they ever go back to their perfectness and at piece Will they ever heal from the tragedies I gave this book 4 stars because it was so good and action packed It really kept you wanting to readandAlthough, and some points the book got very confusing and I had to stop and think what was going on This is really an amazing book and I recommend this book to anyone who loves Sara Shepard as much as I do Overall a good story, but the pace at the end definitely needed an adjustment There was just something underwhelming about the falling action and the ending passages of this book To be frank, it slightly bored me The rising action and the simultaneous climaxes kept me hooked, but the resolutions just killed my reading momentum with the characters over introspection I had to force myself to pick it up near the end. As many of you know I am a fan of Sara Shepard I have read every book she has written and enjoyed them all She is mostly known for being a YA author who has written the wildly popular Pretty Little Liars series and the newer series The Lying Game Both series are now shows on ABC Family Pretty Little Liars is about to wrap of their second season and The Lying Game has just begun this summer Both of which I am hooked on But she also has written two books outside the YA arena The Visibles an As many of you know I am a fan of Sara Shepard I have read every book she has written and enjoyed them all She is mostly known for being a YA author who has written the wildly popular Pretty Little Liars series and the newer series The Lying Game Both series are now shows on ABC Family Pretty Little Liars is about to wrap of their second season and The Lying Game has just begun this summer Both of which I am hooked on But she also has written two books outside the YA arena The Visibles and Everything We Have Ever Wanted My review today is about Everything We Have Ever Wanted I was able to read a galley of the book through Net Galley I just love that Shepard can fill my craving for juicy, page turning YA, as well as mature, thought provoking novels Everything We Have Ever Wanted has a multifaceted story about family, history and love About forging ahead after great and deep disappointment I felt emotional tired after reading because I felt for the characters and their struggles Sometimes things cannot be simply fixed, as is with life Everything We Have Ever Wanted will not disappoint I ve never read any of the PRETTY LITTLE LIARS series, but when I saw this Sara Shepard novel, intended for adult audiences, I was definitely intrigued even when the description on the back sounded a little less than enticing, I admit.The plot revolves around Sylvie, a widow and a prominent lady of society She has two sons Charles, who is married to Joanna, and Scott, who was adopted and never quite fit into the lives of the upper crust family.When the novel opens, Sylvie has learned that I ve never read any of the PRETTY LITTLE LIARS series, but when I saw this Sara Shepard novel, intended for adult audiences, I was definitely intrigued even when the description on the back sounded a little less than enticing, I admit.The plot revolves around Sylvie, a widow and a prominent lady of society She has two sons Charles, who is married to Joanna, and Scott, who was adopted and never quite fit into the lives of the upper crust family.When the novel opens, Sylvie has learned that a child Scott coached on the wrestling team has died, and the suspected cause is hazing Scott is in a process of investigation, as he is accused of having been aware of the hazing and allegedly did nothing to stop it before leading to a probable case of murder.The story alternates between the perspectives of Sylvia, Joanna, Scott, and Charles, often in random, confusing manners without explanation of the time or events that have passed between The reader learns that one tragic event dissolved the bond between Scott and Charles, Charles and his ex girlfriend, Sylvie and her now deceased husband, as well as the boys and their now deceased father Each knows tiny bits of the story, but none quite communicate enough for anyone to really understand the impacts of what happened.Unfortunately, the event is neither climatic nor unpredictable, and the characters really do nothing with the information they hold The story jumps too much between characters and events, without any meaningful cohesion, and the ending just didn t leave me fulfilled or glad in any way to have finished this chore of a novel.I still plan to read the PRETTY LITTLE LIARS series, but I m not sure I d attempt another of Shepard s adult novels This book never took off for me The whole time I was reading it I was irritated by all the characters, not because they were horrible people but they were but because they were all so flatly drawn Everyone was one note and almost a caricature sheltered, slightly racist old WASPy white lady gold digging young wife who is rethinking what she has won, and her pill popping drunk mom, mealy mouthed WASP son who has had life handed to him, bullying old dad, and the worst of all, a multiracial This book never took off for me The whole time I was reading it I was irritated by all the characters, not because they were horrible people but they were but because they were all so flatly drawn Everyone was one note and almost a caricature sheltered, slightly racist old WASPy white lady gold digging young wife who is rethinking what she has won, and her pill popping drunk mom, mealy mouthed WASP son who has had life handed to him, bullying old dad, and the worst of all, a multiracial kid adopted into this wealthy WASP family who is a thug Save me.The resolution to this book was similarly contrived and felt rushed I didn t buy the characters so I couldn t buy their redemption at the end This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I absolutely love Sara Shepard, so it pains me to give this book only 2 stars, but I just never really connected to it It should have been a win for me a possible murder in a hazing gone wrong, family secrets, plenty of intrigue but it just fell flat Really flat Like, pancake flat Flat like a pancake that was run over by a semi.The characters I had a hard time connecting to them, and their respective storylines were never resolved What happened between Charles and Joanna after he tell I absolutely love Sara Shepard, so it pains me to give this book only 2 stars, but I just never really connected to it It should have been a win for me a possible murder in a hazing gone wrong, family secrets, plenty of intrigue but it just fell flat Really flat Like, pancake flat Flat like a pancake that was run over by a semi.The characters I had a hard time connecting to them, and their respective storylines were never resolved What happened between Charles and Joanna after he tells her the truth about meeting up with his ex Bronwyn and she confesses that she kissed his brother No idea, it was ever addressed What happened to Sylvie when she learned that Bronwyn was having an emotional affair with her husband Don t know, it was never explained What about Scott s involvement with the hazing ritual Well, it turned out the kid that died was a jerk to everyone and died of a viruswhich was really flat for me because the whole was it an accident or murder was the plot line I was the most interested in The story was very convoluted and the most interesting parts seemed to be glossed over Like, yeah, oh by the way, Scott moved from Pennsylvania to Arizona to find his birth parents and ends up getting a woman pregnant and not finding anything about his family And then the book ends There s no reunion between Scott and his family Overall, just blah A late night phone call on a Sunday evening rarely brings good news So when Sylvie, a recently widowed mother of two, receives a call from the head teacher of the school she s on the board of, she knows it won t be something she wants to hear before I begin, I have a confession to make It s a confession that may shock some of you I have to admit that before reading Everything We Ever Wanted I had never read a Sara Shepard novel Before you all start throwing things at me, I promise that I will be reading her others novels, especially her Pretty Little Liars series So, therefore as soon as I had the opportunity to review Everything We Ever Wanted I jumped at the chance After all I just before I begin, I have a confession to make It s a confession that may shock some of you I have to admit that before reading Everything We Ever Wanted I had never read a Sara Shepard novel Before you all start throwing things at me, I promise that I will be reading her others novels, especially her Pretty Little Liars series So, therefore as soon as I had the opportunity to review Everything We Ever Wanted I jumped at the chance After all I just had to see for myself the reasons why everyone is so in love with her novels The first half of Everything We Ever Wanted was very slow moving in terms of plot, as not a lot seems to happen This part of the book seems to focuson the characters themselves than what is happening within the story I found this meant it was a little difficult to get into the novel to begin with In the second part of the novel the pace does move a little quicker with changes happening within each of the characters lives While the pace is relatively slow, I did find the writing to be beautiful The descriptions really brought the story to life and the writing really made me want to read The characters within Everything We Ever Wanted experience a wide range of emotions that as a reader I was swept along with and able to feel with each character Sylvie, Joanna, Charles and Scott are each going through inner turmoil for different reasons, and this added real depth to each character While I did want to find out what happened to each characters life I did think that it was very difficult to relate to and actually like any of the characters Sylvie in particular seemed a little cold and self centered at times, which lead me to dislike her until late on in the novel I did enjoy the way Sara Shepard is able to dig into the depths of each character and really get into how everyone deals with their roles as, mother, wife, son etc.Overall I did enjoy Everything We Ever Wanted finding the book to be brutally honest, emotional and beautifully written While the novel isof a look at the characters themselves than having much of a plot it was still very entertaining I would recommend you try this novel if you enjoy Sara Shepard s previous novels I still cannot wait to try Sara Shepard s Pretty Little Liars series

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