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Everything You Want

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  175 ratings  ·  41 reviews
18 year old Emma, a freshman at Indiana University, has enough trouble trying to figure out relationships. But when her father wins 50 million dollars in a lottery, life becomes even more confusing and complicated.
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published April 8th 2008 by Flux (first published April 1st 2008)
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Mileshka Polanco
Beginning college, Emma, a college freshman has always had low self-confidence. Right when she’s about to go back home for the holidays, she decides to make a quick decision that leads up to something bigger. Her family wins a lotto ticket which changes her life drastically. Emma and her family go through situations and hardships that makes them doubt who they’ve been. You’d think 50 million dollars would make everything better and everybody happy, but suddenly everything changes in a matter of ...more
Mallory Roberts
This book was a really interesting and fun book to read! I really enjoyed it and it was another book i couldn't put down! It was a really interesting read about a girl named Emma, who is a character that was very relate able person. As she is going into the beginning of college. As she has a low self esteem being a freshman in college and all, she later finds a big surprise in her life. Her family has a big event happen that effects her. I won't tell you to ruin it but when you read the book, yo ...more
Kacee Eddinger
While not extremely philosophical in the traditional sense, Everything You Want asks the serious question: what would you do if money were no object? More importantly, how would it change you? After her family wins the lottery, Emma, the novel's college age protagonist, quickly realizes that she is still the same person she always was. Only now, there's nothing holding her back from change. Emma's journey of discovery provides deep detail of self. The reader can feel the despair Emma feels as sh ...more
This is a wonderful read. It pretty much captivated me over the past couple of days. An enchanting read about Emma, a character I could really relate to. Very awkward and unsure about how to take that first step into the real world and then the money really complicates things instead of making it easier. Her relationship with her former best friend Josh has left her particularly vulnerable. She's really awkward but I could totally understand. I haven't ready an awkward, shy character as real as ...more
It's hard to say what I thought of this book. I have been having an argument in my head about it since I got to the halfway point. It was both engaging and incredibly slow; it was filled with strong characters but lacked focus; I rooted for the main character even as I was utterly annoyed by her attitude. I enjoyed the experience of reading this story, but I feel like it missed the mark somewhat.

I think I see what the author was going for, though. Emma, the main character, is trying to "come of
Taryn Brittany
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Emma, a college freshman, has grown up comparing herself to a more beautiful and accomplished older sister. With her life plagued by embarrassing situations and constantly feeling odd, Emma thinks she will never fit into the world around her. Little does she know; most of her family and friends feel exactly the same way about their own lives.

Emma's tale starts as she attempts to save an annoying goose whose life is scheduled to end
Abby Johnson
It's all because of a goose that Emma's family wins the lottery. Fifty million dollars. You'd think it would make life easier, but suddenly everything gets more complicated. Emma's been immersed in her first semester of college and it's Not Going Well. Her best friend from high school isn't speaking to her because she told him she was in love with him. Emma stays in the psychology lab late on Friday night because her roommate's always making out with her boyfriend. Emma feels lost and alone and ...more
Everything You Want is a coming-of-age story where it's okay to not be okay. On the surface, our narrator, Emma, has everything she 'needs' to be happy. She's got a loving and supporting family. It's her freshman year of college. She has a more-than-decent roommate to share her dorm. But everything feels wrong, feels off to Emma. And this 'offness' is only magnified when her family wins the lottery and becomes millionaires. Money can't buy happiness for Emma, or for her parents who begin to drif ...more
This book wasn't what I expected. I thought the goose would have more involvement in the story, but he was just in the beginning. The main character Emma goes through many ups and downs in this novel. She is close to/in depression for most of the book, and this, I think, wasn't clearly explain. It could have been about losing her BFF in high school, or because she missed living at home, or a combination of both. Either way, Emma was upset with herself and the others around her. Winning the money ...more
Emma is an eighteen year old college freshman and miserable. She has a perky roommate with serious boyfriend, she's gained more than the freshman fifteen and she spends most Friday nights "partying" with her psychology experiment, a goose named Freud. Add to the mix the presence her estranged best friend from highschool, and Indiana University isn't on Emma's list of favorite places. She winds up rescuing Freud and taking him home to live in a canal near her family home. Soon after, her father w ...more
I think the first thing the Hammonds should have spent some money on was Family Therapy. Maybe they could've gotten to the bottom of Emma's low self-esteem. Was it really because her parents told her how smart she was but neglected to assure her she was also pretty? Then there was Julie who had delusions of making it as a dancer in the Big Apple even though she was well into her twenties. Dad seemed to think everything was could it not be when you hit the $50,000,000 LOTTO CASH?! His ...more
As a college freshman, this book struck several chords with me that before I would have ignored. The narrative is extremely personal and raw, and it causes me to wonder, how would I change if money was no object? How would my family react? All of those questions could be combined into one, rising in my heart again and again as I followed the protagonist along on her path: Would it be everything I wanted?
Stephanie A.
First of all, I think we have all wanted to be in this position or at least read a story about it, so the book gets a point right there just for existing. Beyond that, I can't even point to specific reasons why I love it. Just, you know how sometimes you get a book in your hands and it feels like all-around resplendent, solid, QUALITY? This is one of those books. I loved that it featured a college freshman, and that it took a fairly realistic look at what a not-especially-popular, fairly ordinar ...more
If you know me, you know I'm a sucker for coming-of-age novels, especially ones that deal with the after-high school time. Not too many authors seem to grab hold of the angst that can set in once you realize you're an adult and you have NO IDEA what the hell you're going to do with your life. Fiction can help you find a foothold, maybe eliminate some possibilities, illuminate others. Shoup does a great job throwing a wrench in the whole mix by giving her main character a million dollars.

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Susan P
Loved this book! I recently read Caletti's The Fortunes of Indigo Skye about a girl who wins the lottery, so I was interested to see another book with the same theme so soon. This one is much darker however: college freshman Emma is struggling - she is miserable at school, she's gained weight, and her best friend from high school now hates her. You would think it would all get better when her parents win 50 million dollars, but that's where you'd be wrong. Sure she now has a brand new jeep, desi ...more
I’m happy to report that this book reminded me of the exact important things I needed to remember in my life right now: prioritizing, not sweating the small stuff, knowing what and who matters and avoiding sweeping generalizations as much as possible. While I’m not really like Emma, the protagonist in the story whose family wins the biggest lottery prize and then goes through these complicated situations with each other and their friends and life in general, it was easy to relate to her confusio ...more
okay, so i didn't really like this book to be honest with you, i thought it was okay. the reason i say this is because it kind of droned on about the same stuff for too long. it's like the author was trying to be deep, but didn't know how. it has all of this boring stuff about "cosmic" messages and signs, frankly i thought it was ridiculous. however, i think some of my negativity may have to do with the fact that i was reading this book over the course of like two months because i couldn't find ...more
Jan 27, 2009 TheSaint rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
It's kind of refreshing to read a YA novel where the parents aren't dead, divorced or in some other way incapacitated. But in Barbara Shoup's Everything You Want I can't say I really liked them. Dad was foul-mouthed and mom was wishy-washy. Neither one of them gave Emma any real support.
Of course their financial windfall disrupted the entire family, but Emma's insecurity and neediness started long before a 50 million dollar lottery win.
She's lucky to have a supportive sister and grandfather wh
Aug 29, 2009 Molly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
As an IU grad who has spent a fair amount of time in Broad Ripple, I enjoyed the connections. The story was pretty heavy on the philosophical toward the end (a trait I would have appreciated more as a college freshman- so, that should appeal to the target audience.) Also- spoiler- I really disliked that Emma agreed to be friends with Josh again. He PUNCHED HER IN THE FACE. I realize he was going through some stuff...but he seemed to be nothing but a loser and she should have moved on.
The premise may sound less than original, family wins lotto jackpot and & a little bonkers (in the most down-to-earth way imaginable! But the story is more than that. It's a courageous plunge into who the main character, Emma, is with the money, without the money, with her family, as an individual, as an eighteen-year-old woman trying to make her way in the world. What do I have to say? I learned about my own journey through Emma's travails.
When Emma's father wins $50 million, she is liberated from her miserable freshman year at Indiana University and the high school friend who turned on her, but why does untold wealth make her family so miserable? Why does this bright and attractive young woman have such pitiful self image? I can't help thinking I would handle newfound wealth with less angst and more enjoyment...

Despite the good reviews, I found this very disappointing.
Liz Chapman
It took me a little while to get into this book, partly just because I was experiencing a book hangover from the last book I read. But it drew me in. At times it reminded me a bit of "Two Moons in August" by Martha Brooks...the desperate aching loneliness of it. But just like "Two Moons in August," there's a lot of hope too. Full characters dealing with lots of layers of life, making for a satisfying and moving read.
Emma, a college freshman, has a pretty good life but she's not sure where she fits in or even who she is - especially after her best friend Josh flees when she admits she has feeling for him. Things get even more complex after her father wins a multi-million dollar lottery. A cut above the usual angsty teen novels; frank language and some mature college situations.
I enjoyed this book. The main character is a young university student (freshmen) at IU. She savea a goose from her lab, and now the goose won't leave her alone. Her family wins the lottery and life is forever changed.

I had the privilege of meeting the author, and Barbara Shoup is a dynamic and interesting person.
April Lashbrook
I'm taking a class by Barbara Shoup and thought I'd check out one of her novels. She totally nailed feeling "odd" and being uncoupled in a world where it seems that everyone else is "normal" and in a relationship. I was engrossed and read it in only 3 sittings. I can only hope to write something as good.
This is a story of a family who won the lottery and how it changes their lives. I have often thought if I won the lottery I would keep it a secret, but they didnt and everyone changed towards them, perfect strangers would come up to them and ask for money. But not only did others change, they did too.
Emily Farrar
It was a good book. It would have been a million times better if Mrs. Shoup LAYED OFF THE SWEARING!!! It got a lower rating because of that. She definatly caught the college life-style, but I think she could have done it without the swearing.
I read this because the KPL summer reading required teen books. I checked out a few, and ended up enjoying some. This was a great story line, but went on a bit much in some areas. Overall, so glad I read it.
I very much enjoyed this YA novel about an unhappy college freshman whose parents win $50 million in a lottery. So what if she can have anything she wants? What she wants doesn't have much to do with money.
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