Tuesday, October 11, 2011

(160)Everything We Ever Wanted by Sara Shepherd

Everything We Ever Wanted is a book about longing. Longing for parental approval by both Johanna and Charles, her husband. Johanna also longs to be accepted by the ladies in their new neighborhood.

Charles grew up with a life of privileged. His grandfather made sure of that and his family, the benefactors of the swanky prep school, Swithin, are revered and respected by one and all in their Pennsylvania town. When a young scholarship boy suddenly dies at Swithin, Charles' adopted brother, Scott, is implicated and their family is the talk of the town. Johanna, Charles' wife did not grow up in a home of privilege, she feels a little lucky and a lot overwhelmed in the social circles that her husband runs with. When she answers the phone to find his "perfect" ex-girlfriend, Johanna reacts in a way that could destroy their marriage. Will they be able to navigate the waters of their new marriage and live happily ever after? Or will their insecurities drive them apart for good?

I have really luke-warm feelings about this book and it's characters. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't as enthralling as I had hoped.   It was really hard to relate to, or even like, Charles and his family.  The communication between Johanna and Charles was mediocre at best, and it really isn't explained why these newlyweds have such a hard time, with communication or anything else.  It is a very stunted relationship.   Overall, I think this book is not really one to recommend.  I think diehard fans will have a really hard time with it, because it is such a departure from her normal stuff and fans of literature in general will have a hard time with it because of the characters.  But maybe I am wrong, give it a read & tell me what you thinl.

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