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All You Never Wanted

3.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  566 Ratings  ·  143 Reviews
With my eyes closed and Alex's core friends all around me, it was like I'd become my big sister, or something just as good. And so who cared if they were calling it Alex's party? One thing I knew: it would be remembered as mine.

Alex has it all—brains, beauty, popularity, and a dangerously hot boyfriend. Her little sister Thea wants it all, and she's stepped up her game to
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Over the past year, I've been discovering a love for realistic fiction, my home base having always been fantasy novels for pretty much all of my YA-reading past. When I was an actual teen, my favorite genre to read was chick lit: humor, sexy times, and a hot man for every woman; I pretty much hoped that would be my future. As I've gotten older and seen that this would not be my future, these happy novels have failed to move me most of the time, seeming much less realistic than their depressing c ...more
Nov 12, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
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Ever read a book where you finish it and realize you have absolutely no sympathy for any of the characters? Even if you should? That's how I felt about Alex and Thea in All You Never Wanted. These are girls who are handed everything they could ever want, thanks to their new, wealthy step-father. On the surface, their lives look easy, but problems lurk underneath the surface, making their lives anything but the fairy-tale stories that they appear t
Sep 17, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A dark and disturbing story of sibling rivalry, All You Never Wanted is unlike any contemporary I've ever read. Both protagonists have their own issues - one is a pathological liar while the other is literally wasting away to nothing because of her anxiety - yet those issues pale in comparison to the underlying jealousy motivating every action. With an overnight romance and a vaguely abrupt ending though, All You Never Wanted left me wanting more.

Thea is Alex's younger sister, tired of living in
Amy Lignor
Oct 04, 2012 Amy Lignor rated it really liked it
It will be no surprise for readers to learn that this particular author, Adele Griffin, is a ‘National Book Award’ finalist, considering the stories she weaves are among the most beautiful and heartbreaking tales ever told. And with this offering, the wealth of emotions are no different.

Here we join the lives of two sisters, who see each other in a far different way than they see themselves. Thea, the younger sibling, was one a bookworm. She was the brainy one who was always getting good grades
Jan 25, 2013 Kelly rated it liked it
Alex and Thea's lives changed when their mother married the rich Arthur. They've gone from being the girls with part time jobs to being the girls who have it all. For Thea, this is her chance to become popular. It's her chance to be the kind of girl her sister has always been: the IT girl. For Alex, this sudden change in status is not everything she'd hoped for. It comes with immense pressure. Sure, having her step father get her that amazing internship at Haute was great, but that internship wa ...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)

Flat, with a cast of unengaging and thoroughly unlikeable characters (except Xander!), that offers little real resolution offered for any of the ongoing issues. All You Never Wanted tries to do too much with its short span of pages, and the result is a book that feel short-changed from character motivations and actions to the conflict and denouement. A disappointment that failed to deliver from start to finish, I don't think I will be rereading or recommending this particular novel in the fut
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
A story of siblings who have some damage in them. Thea lies and Alex is a mess. Ever since she did her senior internship at Haute, she doesn't eat and she can barely even leave the house. Alex is definitely hiding something, and Thea and Joshua (Alex's boyfriend) seem powerless to help. With Thea's lying getting more and more out of control and Alex feeling like Xander (the guy who runs the volunteers at her new senior internship) could be someone to lean on.... things are bound to explode.

I rea
Nov 04, 2012 Dana rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
This book was nothing like what it promoted itself to be. I thought that there would be this huge, dramatic battle for a boy, one sister who has him and one sister who wants him. While that did happen, it didn't happen in the dramatic way that it was perceived to be, mainly because the sister with the boyfriend didn't care after all.
Alex Parrott is beautiful, popular, has a boyfriend and pretty much everything else. Thea Parrott, is the younger sister, and feels exactly like it. She is consider
Oct 11, 2012 Kimberly rated it liked it
All You Never Wanted takes you on a dark journey into sibling jealous, a dysfunctional family. Griffin delivered a unique disturbing contemporary unlike anything I have ever read. This tale takes you on a journey dealing with the effects of instantly having money and emotional issues. It gives you a dark and sinister look at sibling rivalry. While I certainly became entangled in the tale, it left me wanted more.

The tale takes place over the course of a few days and is told from the perspectives
Oct 09, 2012 Jan rated it liked it
Alex and Thea are sisters who have survived some tough times with a divorce and no money. Now their mom has married a gazillionaire and they can have anything they want. But the problem with that is their close knit family has now become splintered by sibling rivalry and a dangerous competitiveness that can only lead to disaster. Alex, the older sister seems to have everthing--beauty, brains and a widely coveted boyfriend. But she is also struggling with an eating disorder. Little sister Thea as ...more
Jody Casella
Oct 18, 2012 Jody Casella rated it it was amazing
Loved this book--but it's hard to characterize.

The blurb on the back plays up the sibling rivalry between sisters Alex and Thea. They're living a fairy tale life in upscale Greenwich, Connecticut, (their single mom recently married a bazillionaire tycoon) but there's turmoil under the surface. Older sister Alex is beautiful and popular and seems to have it all. Thea is brilliant and envious, coveting Alex's enviable life, which also includes Alex's boyfriend, and she'll do anything to get it. Cu
Apr 16, 2014 Bekka rated it liked it
Adele Griffin is one of very few authors on my automatic-read list. After reading and being entranced by her novel Tighter, I knew that Adele was magic and that I must get my hands on everything she writes. She did not disappoint with ALL YOU NEVER WANTED. This book was indeed a story of sibling rivalry, on speed, just like the synopsis says. I couldn’t put it down. It was this crazy tail-spin, nose-dive, downward spiral, bottlenecking story that just didn’t stop.

Alex is wasting away. Ever since
BAYA Librarian
Mar 31, 2013 BAYA Librarian rated it it was ok
This books seems to explore the different ways that lying to others and lying to yourself can be damaging. Thea and her older sister Alex are now living in a too-extravagant house (nicknamed “Camelot” by Thea) in posh Greenwich, Connecticut after their mom marries a wealthy man. Before this marriage, the girls and their divorced mother were barely getting by in their tiny apartment but they had each other and were pretty close. Now their mom seems to be always flying somewhere with her new husba ...more
If I could I would give this book 3.5 stars. The only thing keeping me from a four was feeling like the book ended abruptly. This story is about two sisters who find themselves swept into the lap of luxury when their mother marries a very wealthy man. The author alternates between the sister's point of view from chapter to chapter. I did find it interesting that Alex's chapters are in third person, while Thea's were in first. Alex is the older sister who is struggling with an eating disorder and ...more
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
Sep 16, 2012 Alanna (The Flashlight Reader) rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2012, ya
I know there are mixed reviews out there on this one, and honestly I’m stuck somewhere in the middle. On a small level, this is the story of two sisters that suffer the devastating effects of becoming nouveau rich. On a much larger and deeper level, however, this is a story of sibling rivalry… and that story is dark and troubled.

Thea is the younger sister tired living in Alex’s shadow. She has developed this image of what her life should be like and it eats away at her. It consumes her, really.
Claudia Burgoa
First things first, I need to get this out of my chest: “Where the Heck were the parents”??? !!!

Im not sure how many stars should I give this one. Everything we never wanted deserves five stars for tons of reasons, and also it deserves one for a few others.

The book is told from two different perspectives, one is from Thea as a first person and the other is Alex –Thea’s her older sister- and is told as a third person. Both sisters have a lot of issues. Thea has a huge feud against Alex, and like
Most of my Psychtember reviews will be formatted differently than my standard reviews, to reflect the mental health theme. I've structured things as though the book is the patient and I'm giving it an assessment. Each axis is an aspect of the book that I'll give my thoughts on (characters, plot, etc.), and the validity score refers to how psychologically accurate I think the book is. Then I may list some other books that this one "shares symptoms with" (i.e. novels dealing with similar topics) a ...more
Oct 09, 2012 Clementine rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, ya, 2012
Sisters Alex and Thea are the personification of the Cinderella story: essentially rescued by their mom’s new billionaire husband, the girls live in a mansion in Greenwich. They have little supervision, everything they could ever want when it comes to clothes and cars, and are both totally miserable. Each girl deals with the change in their circumstance in a different way: older sister Alex restricts her enjoyment of their opulent lifestyle in the same way she restricts what she puts in her body ...more
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Taylor Doonan
Mar 03, 2014 Taylor Doonan rated it really liked it
Have you ever wished you had all the brains, beauty, popularity, and a hot boyfriend that your older sister has? That is exactly how Thea feels with her older sister Alex in “All You Never Wanted” by Adele Griffin. They see each other in a far different way than they see themselves.

Thea, the younger sister, was the bookworm while Alex, the older sister who is a senior in high school, has always had it all - from the outside, anyway. Thea is the brainy one who would always get good grades and
Jun 25, 2014 Amy rated it it was ok
Older sister Alex has everything that Thea wants--a boyfriend, popular friends and good looks. Thea sets out to obtain everything her sister has. A pathological liar and a bit of a stalker she created an image of herself named Gia--everything Alex is and has. Alex has her own issues. She has severe anxiety and has stopped eating due to an embarrassing event. Thea is planning a party, but plans never come out you you think they will, do they?

This is a hard book for me to review. ALL YOU NEVER WA
May 10, 2014 Jennifer added it
Shelves: young-adult
I am really unsure of how to rate this book. My initial thought was to rate it really low because, truthfully, I hated the characters. They were both pretty self-absorbed and self-conscience. Alex was some pathetic weak little bird while Thea squawked and strutted around. For goodness sake, Thea strives to become the emotional equivalent of a mannequin.
Then I thought about the book some more, trying to find more faults with it, and began comparing the girls in the book to myself. It was startlin
Apr 15, 2013 Kristy rated it it was ok
Shelves: realistic
Its not a good thing we you don't connect with the characters until over 150 pages in. Especially when the book is only 200 something pages long. These two sisters were hard to like. The only character I liked was xander, and there was no where near enough of him.

Men. Disorder book, lacking, hard to connect with any of the characters.

2.5 stars for me.... big sigh...
May 01, 2014 Lena rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who like quick reads where nothing happen, dull people
This book was just okay for me. I'd never heard of it when I saw it, but it was contemporary YA and had been nominated for some big awards.

But I just don't get the hype. It was okay, but the story fell kind of flat. I liked Alex a little better after they explained her big trauma, and the way she coped with it seemed realistic. Still, it seemed an easy "reason" for anorexia, which really has no reason. And then she seemed miraculously 'cured' by falling in love, which is a big pet peeve of mine
Aug 07, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it
Hmm. Definitely not what I expected. Solid though, I enjoyed the complicated relationship between the two sisters. I felt disconnected throughout the story, but I'm sure this will appeal to readers who enjoy reading about family bonds and what can alter them.
Hailey Benson
Oct 22, 2014 Hailey Benson rated it it was ok
"she gets into the car she cant even start the engine for the gift of the air conditioning."

Thea is 16 and Alex is 17. they are sisters. Alex was always pretty, caring, and popular. With a rich step dad Alex got whatever she wanted. All a girl could ever ask for Alex had. On the other hand Thea was never popular, she thought she was ugly, and she never got anything. although Thea was the "smart sister."
one weekend their parents go away for the weekend and Thea wants to through a party without
Jul 31, 2014 Kelly rated it liked it
About a quarter of the way through this book, I nearly tossed it aside in disgust, but when you're on an airplane, you have to have manners, so I read the entire thing. It's short and I had no place to go, and fortunately the book offered some redemption from its beginning. The author plays ti close, too close, to offering a story that disgusts the reader with its poor-little-rich-girls theme. I get why the sisters are the way that they are, but it might be too easy to take the entire story at f ...more
Dec 29, 2013 Kate rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, realistic
Sisters Thea and Alex thought their lives were turning around when their mom married ultra-rich Arthur and moved them into his beautiful estate. But instead, things are falling apart. Thea, in a desperate bid to get out of her prettier and more charismatic big sister's shadow, tells pathological lies; Alex is consumed with anxiety and self-doubt in the wake of a failed internship. Everything will come to a head at the first big joint party they've ever thrown... but will their relationship be sa ...more
Dec 28, 2013 Fan rated it it was amazing
I think this book is a lot more than what it is marketed for. On the surface, it's just a story about sibling rivalry between two rich sisters, but it goes deeper and touches on topics such as envy, guilt, money, and identity. The genius of the story lies in the details. Almost every character in the novel is dealing with some kind of issue. Undercurrent everywhere. Readers who dislike characters that are not 100 percent wholesome and moral will not enjoy this book, but flawed characters are my ...more
Siobhan Vivian
Aug 20, 2012 Siobhan Vivian rated it it was amazing
loved all the perfect little details in this novel.
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