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A late-night phone call on a Sunday evening rarely brings good news. So when Sylvie, a recently-widowed mother of two, receives a call from the head teacher of the school she's on the board of, she knows it won't be something she wants to hear.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by HarperTorch
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Diane
Sep 28, 2011 Diane rated it really liked it
Reading this insightful novel by Sara Shepard made me uncomfortable at times. The self-destructive behavior of some of her characters may hit a little close to home for some readers, and I think that many readers may recognize themselves in some of the characters.

Sylvie is a wealthy recent widow, and mother to two grown sons: Charles, her birth son and Scott, adopted when he just a few years old. Charles always felt that he disappointed his father, that he wasn't the son his father wanted. Scott
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Elly
Nov 18, 2012 Elly rated it it was amazing
Everything We Ever Wanted
Sara Shepard
321 Pages
Realistic Fiction
This is book is about a rich family that owns a very high up and expensive school. When the father dies of an aneurism the family is broken. When the father dies and they find out he was having an affair with his son's girlfriend the whole family is shocked. His brother was committed of hazing the kids on the wresting team at the school. When the whole family is accused and not wont speak up their mother Sylvie questions her son. W
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Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
As many of you know I am a fan of Sara Shepard. I have read every book she has written and enjoyed them all. She is mostly known for being a YA author who has written the wildly popular Pretty Little Liars series and the newer series The Lying Game. Both series are now shows on ABC Family. Pretty Little Liars is about to wrap of their second season and The Lying Game has just begun this summer. Both of which I am hooked on. But she also has written two books outside the YA arena; The Visibles an ...more
Rachel
Jul 27, 2011 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Sylvie Bates-McAllister is a wealthy widow and mother of two grown sons. When she gets a phone call that her younger son Scott may be involved in a hazing scandal at the private school where he coaches wrestling and she is on the board, she and her family are thrown into a panic.

I thought this book moved way too slowly and had a lot of moments that were supposed to be very dramatic that didn’t feel authentic to me. Everyone got worked up about the hazing scandal way too quickly – one phone call
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Jillian
Aug 19, 2011 Jillian rated it liked it
Lately, it seems like the books I’ve been given to review contain a cast of unlikable characters who are riddled with flaws in an attempt to be dynamic and real and the bottom line is that I often read for escape and isn’t life hard enough? In Everything We Ever Wanted: A Novel by Sara Shepard, we are given a brief glance into the life of the Bates-McAllister family and I’m not sure I could take much more than a glance. People have problems and in no small amount and the people you might believe ...more
Chrissy
Nov 03, 2011 Chrissy rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
I've never read any of the PRETTY LITTLE LIARS series, but when I saw this Sara Shepard novel, intended for adult audiences, I was definitely intrigued -- even when the description on the back sounded a little less than enticing, I admit.

The plot revolves around Sylvie, a widow and a prominent lady of society. She has two sons; Charles, who is married to Joanna, and Scott, who was adopted and never quite fit into the lives of the "upper crust" family.

When the novel opens, Sylvie has learned that
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Donna McBroom-Theriot
May 10, 2011 Donna McBroom-Theriot rated it it was amazing

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One phone call can change everything...

When Sylvie Bates-McAllister, a recently-widowed mother of two, receives a late-night phone call from the prestigious school founded by her grandfather, her family is thrown into chaos. Her adopted son Scott may have been involved in a hazing scandal --and it may or may not have led to the death of one of the boys he coaches on the school team. Sylvie must decide between maintaining her outwardly perfect life --the family estate outside Phi
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Naomi Morrison
May 25, 2015 Naomi Morrison rated it it was ok
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Georgina
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Now, before I begin, I have a confession to make. It's a confession that may shock some of you. I have to admit that before reading Everything We Ever Wanted I had never read a Sara Shepard novel. Before you all start throwing things at me, I promise that I will be reading her others novels, especially her Pretty Little Liars series. So, therefore as soon as I had the opportunity to review Everything We Ever Wanted I jumped at the chance. After all I just
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Laura
Oct 12, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
2.5 stars

This book was my first novel by Sara Shepard that i've read, and was really excited to read it, but was let down. I felt that the storyline was all over the place and wish it focused on one main issue instead of having a million different issues being highlighted.

Sylvie Bates-McAllister is a recent widow with two sons, one of which is biological (Charlie) while the other is a mixed boy that was adopted (Scott). Sylvie recieves a phone call from the well-known prep school that her grandf
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Emily
Aug 16, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok
To be honest, I expected more out of this title. Everything We Ever Wanted was little more than a paperback romance, but it tried to be deeper. The rich Bates-McAllisters' lives have suddenly become more complicated: Scott (the grown-up adopted son) may have been involved in hazing that caused the death of a high school student. Sylvie (the matriarch)belongs to the school board, and now has to deal with the scandel and shame of what Scott did (or did not...we don't know). Charles (the uptight ol ...more
Rebecca
Jan 30, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Was this a great novel? No. Was this a really good novel? Maybe not. However, I couldn't put it down. The story may be maudlin, the characters may be clueless, but it didn't matter. It kept my interest and kept me reading. Maybe it's a pretty good novel after all.

Sara Shepard usually writes young adult. "Everything we Ever Wanted" is targeted to grownups. The Bates-McAllistars are a wealthy family with so much history it stifles them. Mom has designed the house as a shrine to her grandfather. He
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Rashmi Tiwari
Apr 05, 2015 Rashmi Tiwari rated it it was ok
This book never took off for me. The whole time I was reading it I was irritated by all the characters, not because they were horrible people (but they were) but because they were all so flatly drawn. Everyone was one note and almost a caricature: sheltered, slightly racist old WASPy white lady; gold-digging young wife who is rethinking what she has "won," and her pill-popping drunk mom, mealy-mouthed WASP son who has had life handed to him, bullying old dad, and the worst of all, a multiracial ...more
Maurin
Feb 15, 2016 Maurin rated it it was ok
This is the story of the Bates-McAllisters, a prominent and wealthy family living on the campus of Swithin, a prestigious prep school founded by Sylvie's grandfather. Sylvie's husband passes away a few months before the story begins. Sylvie and her two adult sons - Scott, who is adopted as a child, lives in the in-law suite, and works at the prep school and Charles, who is married to JoAnne and wondering if his life's path is all it's been cracked up to be. Charles, who is far from self-assured ...more
Brian
Sep 24, 2011 Brian rated it it was ok
I started off really liking this book. I never got into pretty little liars but I was willing to give ms Shepard a chance on her adult book. The premise is that a coach has a student commit suicide and hazing is suspected. Did Scott know about it? This book had very unlikable characters and a plot that is pretty pointless. I enjoyed the first 150 pages and found it to never go anywhere. I had 30 pages left and was still waiting for the plot to get better. It never did
Nikinnia Smith
I am a bit conflicted about this book. It was a good story, and had potential. However, the plot was all over the place. There were too many separate story lines. I loved the growth in each character. Especially Silvie. I think she was too concerned with what other people thought of her and her family. Once she stopped caring she realized that she actually had a talent other than being a socialite(if we can call that a talent). Joanne was another favorite character of mine. She was so loving, an ...more
Nancy
Dec 31, 2014 Nancy rated it it was ok
Should I rate this a 3 or a 2? I'd have to say that I like most of the books that I read, mostly because I choose a lot of them based on reviews or recommendations, or the fact that I've read and liked the author before. This one I picked off the library shelf because I wanted to find something quickly and I was in the mood for something light. "It was okay" is probably the most accurate response. I tend to enjoy novels that explore family relationships, which this did, but the young, recently m ...more
Maja
My first e-book.

2 and a half stars.
Carly
2.5 stars. This book was a decent read. It took me forever to finish it because it just wasn't very enticing. It certainly wasn't what I was expecting it to be. I read some of the Pretty Little Liars books, also written by Sara Shepard, and they were page turners with many twists and exciting characters and events. I guess I was expecting Everything We Ever Wanted to be the same way. The characters were kind of boring and none of the secrets were really that shocking. I didn't see them coming, b ...more
Kathryn
May 23, 2015 Kathryn rated it it was ok
Shelves: ugh
I was drawn in initially. I knew that the whole hazing plot point was really not a huge part of the story and I just wanted to find out what the hell was bugging everyone so much that were asses to each other. Frankly, it meandered so much that I just got bored. I still finished the book, hoping that somehow relationships could be mended between Scott and his family but that didn't really pan out and I was left dissatisfied, feeling that I could have put the book down at about page 100 when I wa ...more
Miguel Amador
Mar 10, 2015 Miguel Amador rated it really liked it
The book "everything we ever wanted" by Sara Shepard is a great book with a four star rating because it is book that makes you want to keep reading. This book is a realistic fiction/fantasy because it has a twist to it that has a paronormal kick to it with drama. I think it's great because it shows social issue problems that I deal with with the family dealing with the trouble of an adopted son that leaves the family going on a never ending journey to find out where their destiny lys in the wor ...more
Joanne
Oct 22, 2011 Joanne rated it liked it
This story brings us into the lives of a privileged American family as they are struggling to try to hold onto the life that they know. Sylvie was fortunate enough to inherit her grandfather's mansion early on in her marriage, but I don't think that she realized how this windfall would impact her family life. Her grandfather worked hard building the family business and making a name for himself and was quite an asset to the local community. When the private high school was about to shut down, he ...more
Danielle
Sep 12, 2012 Danielle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sara-shepard
I didn't know that Sara Shepard wrote any adult novels, but I discovered this at the library and it sounded interesting. After all, I love Pretty Little Liars, so I thought a stand-alone by Shepard would be worth a shot. As the story unfolds, it jumps around all over the place, and the end left me with a lot of unanswered questions (hate that!).

Everything We Ever Wanted is the story of Sylvie, a wealthy 50-something widow, her two about 30-year-old sons (Scott, who is adopted and Charles, who i
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Chelsea
Jan 08, 2012 Chelsea rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-book-tour
Well, this novel primarily contains drama and little else. I will say that Sara Shepard is excellent at creating a complicated family web, but I'm not sure how much else to commend her on. I wasn't invested in the plot and characters to have the desire to finish the book until at least halfway through (I got that far because I got to read an advance copy). With the lack of action and not a wonderfully proficient writing style to make up for the lack of interest, it was certainly not a favorite o ...more
Shanella
Oct 09, 2011 Shanella rated it it was ok
Shelves: bea-2011, arc
This was my first introduction to Sara Shepard. I’ve heard of the success of her Pretty Little Liars and Lying Games series and while this is an adult novel, I thought I’d give it a try.

The story is centered around a very dysfunctional family. Sylvie - the matriarch of the family - is awaken by a phone call. There is a death at the private school that her adopted son, Scott, works in as a wrestling coach. There is talk of hazing. Then the assumptions start; or, I should say continue.

It’s clear,
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Jessica
Aug 11, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
When I got an ARC of this book from Librarything (of the paperback that comes out in October) I was really excited. I had read Pretty Little Liars and the Lying Games series by Sara Shepard, so I though that this would be awesome too. Boy was I wrong! This book was just so boring! I don't think it got interesting until 250 pages, then after another 50 pages it got boring again. There was no real drama and shocking secrets like her usual books. Sara Shepard's writing is phenomenal (that's the rea ...more
Alyssa Wayt
I am a huge fan of Sara Shepard. I am a devoted fan to the Pretty Little Liars series, and I also really enjoy The Lying Game series. I read the books before the show, but I still watch the shows every week. Even the The Visibles was a great book, even if it was meant for adults. Sara Shepard is just a good, well rounded author. She can write books full of craziness and suspense like PLL, and she can also write a great adult novel with all the things you look for in a good book, like the The Vis ...more
Anita
Jun 28, 2011 Anita rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-ebooks
I am a huge fan of Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series. When I was given the opportunity to read Everything We Ever Wanted, published by HarperCollins, I jumped at the chance. Everything We Ever Wanted is about the the Bates-McAllister family who have the money and priviledge most people would love to have. Is it enough? Sylvie's youngest son, Scott, is accussed of hazing at the private school he coaches wrestling at. Not just any private school but THE private school. Sylvie's grandfather ...more
Anna  Tee (The Bursting Bookshelf)
If you didn't know I am a pretty big fan of the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard, so I jumped at the chance to read anything else by her, even if it broke my not usually reading adult books. So boy was I excited to find that I liked it just as much as her young adult books.


The cover for this book was interesting. It intrigued me and some of my friends who saw me reading the book. Two of the most common questions I got was "Who are they?" and "Where are they going?" and to be honest, I'
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Christa  Seeley
Originally posted at Christa's Hooked on Books

As in many of Sara Shepard’s books, the story begins in a quiet, quaint small town. This town is filled with “average” people. They go to work, they come home, they raise a family. Most of these people have quite a bit of money to their name and spend a good deal of time worrying about their reputation. This worrying is often because of some secret(s) that they don’t want getting out. However, unlike many of Sara’s other books, like the Pretty Little
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Sara Shepard graduated from NYU and has an MFA from Brooklyn College. She currently lives in Tucson, Arizona. Sara's Pretty Little Liars novels were inspired by her upbringing in Philadelphia's Main Line.
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