Everything We Ever Wanted
'Sara Shepard delivers the perfect read. A brilliant storyteller.'
--Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Very Valentine and Brava, Valentine
'[Written] with unflinching honesty and unstinting compassion.'
--Jacquelyn Mitchard, author The Deep End of the Ocean
'This riveting, provocative and well-crafted family drama surprised and delivered at every turn. I could not put it...more
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...more
This book was very well narrated by someone new to me. The publisher’s note describes this book as well, or better, than I can.
A recently widowed mother of two, Sylvie Bates-McAllister finds her life upended by a late-night phone call from the headmaster of the prestigious private
school founded by her grandfather where her adopted son Scott teaches. Allegations of Scott's...more
Seriously, the Bates-McAllister family is living entombed in the Great-Grandfather’s house. Like not one piece of silverware has changed in two generations. The mother, Sylvie is driven to maintain the life of her beloved Grandfather to the point of stifling growth in her...more
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...more
Sylvie's biological son, Charles, and his new wife are on the sidel...more
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...more
About the Book:
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...more
It's all about the Bates-McAllister family - a very dysfunctional one to be sure. Sylvie, the matriarch, has recently lost her husband and she's been informed of a possible scandal involving her adopted son, Scott, at the private school that her grandfather helped created. Her other son Charles is married to Joanna and they have their share of...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
It all begins with a phone call. Immediately, Shephard outlines a story in Everything We Ever Wanted, in which the characters just can’t seem to catch a break. Between a seemingly unloved wife, a son who never felt good enough, an adopted brother who carries around a chip on his shoulder and a marriage example that seems.. shaky at best, this book gave me the most sinking feeling I’ve experienced in a while.
In spite of characters who pushed and pulled at my emotions, I...more
While I am a big fan of The Pretty Little Liars' series by Sara Shepard, this I was not. Everything was so dull and flat. I often found myself yawning or wanting to breeze through the pages just to get the book over with. At one point, I even considered putting it down entirely.
I could not connect with the characters and I felt they weren't developed as well as they could have been through the potentionally compelling story that S...more
You wouldn't know it from reading this book, which sits solidly in the realm of adult-angst fiction. This is a genre I usually like--and I liked many things about this book, especially the writing which was fluid and engaging, and often dryly witty.
I don't have to "like" characters in order to enjoy a book, either--so having a cast of mildly-to-moderately distasteful people walking around wasn't a problem. The problem was the pl...more
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...more
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...more
Scott was this mysterious person for a while. People kept walking on eggshells around this man and there was so much negativity concerning him that I had to keep wondering why. After a while all of the assumptions and judgments bothered me, and then I began to wonder why Sylvie and James made him a part of their family in the...more