The One & Only by Emily Giffin

The One and OnlyThis was the first Emily Giffin book I read; I wanted to see what the fuss was about. All I knew about her was one of her books centered around a woman going after her best friend’s fiance. Nice! Well, this book goes one worse. And I’m not talking how the main character falls in love with her best friend’s dad (20 years older! In many ways her father figure!), although based on reviews on Goodreads, that squicked a lot of people out. No, I mean how the two main characters just couldn’t believe a third character was capable of doing a horrible act, even though a minor character suggested he could, and OUR OWN PROTAGONIST experiences that horrible side of him. To use a football metaphor (which Emily Giffin would, as the whole book centers around the cult of football), she really dropped the ball. Other fumbles–one of the mysteries of the book (Why is the football team being investigated? What did the investigation find?) was never resolved. The book wrapped up too quickly and inconclusively (the investigation, the horrible act). And the title is bland and has nothing to do with the story. But up til pg. 354, I was interested enough. Then I had to keep reading to see if Coach and Shea redeemed themselves.

Revoiewed by Katie

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