Nina Browning feels like she is living a life of opulence after having graduated from Vanderbilt and marrying into Nashville’s elite circles. Her life today is far from the loving middle-class family life she knew in Bristol. Kirk, her husband, has made a fortune selling his tech business and providing his family with anything their heart’s desire. Both Nina and Kirk are thrilled when their son, Finch, is accepted to Princeton and look forward to him beginning his college years soon. Life is good!
Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs, struggling to raise his teenage daughter. Although overly protective of his daughter, he is feeling somewhat less-stressed now that he has saved enough money to enroll Lyla at Windsor Academy, Nashville’s prestigious private school. Lyla, a typical teenage girl, does not always feel like she fits in with this group of wealthy, privileged teenagers who want for nothing. How long will that feeling of less-stress remain in Tom’s world?
All their lives are turned upside down after one drunken teen party, one embarrassing photograph and many bad decisions made. The lives of the two families are brought together with such force that the impact causes hatred and heartache with little remorse. Not only does current events become the center of attention, but past events make a return as well, into the hearts and minds of all involved.
Author Emily Giffin tends to focus on social issues in her novels, and her book ‘All We Ever Wanted’ does not disappoint. The story covers some major issues our local communities and schools face right now, such as diversity, peer pressure and teen suicide. It is a powerful and eye-opening read.