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All You Never Wanted

3.02  ·  Rating details ·  689 ratings  ·  164 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
Oct 05, 2012 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 to be
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
Sep 13, 2012 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
Feb 20, 2012 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
Amy Lignor
Oct 04, 2012 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
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Stars.

This one was just okay for me. I found it a little bit slow in the beginning however it did pick up a little toward the halfway point. The story was interesting but I just didn't really enjoy it as much as I thought I would, I could have done with some more depth of the characters and their relationships.
Sep 16, 2012 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
BAYA Librarian
Mar 31, 2013 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
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
Oct 27, 2012 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 08, 2012 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
Sep 30, 2012 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 10, 2013 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...
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
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, ya, fiction
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
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
Sep 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, arcs, 2012
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.
Oct 03, 2013 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
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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
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
Aug 04, 2012 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. ...more
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Gosh I love Adele Griffin's books. Not only is she a fantastic writer, but she always manages to make me break all my hard rules on what I like and don't like in a book (and I'm stubborn to a fault, so that's saying something!)

I mean, look, I really do NOT like issues books. At all. I have no sympathy for the characters and I'm usually bored by the super predictible plots. I
Nia Hodges
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The sharpness of this book is mesmerizing. I was supposed to be studying for my history test, but I just couldn't stop reading. The story is focused on two sisters, Thea and Alex, but it's about so much more than that. It's about being so drowned in problems you've created that there's no escape. We've all felt that temptation to be popular, to belong. To say what feels right even if it's not truthful. To fit a certain image and a size 2 dress. To be so lost that you turn to dangerous methods fo ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Even in a family that has money that can buy anything for their children, there's still conflict. Between the two sisters, Alex and Thea, the jealousy from Thea of being Alex. Alex was always the perfect one, the one with al the friends, the pretty one, the one with good grades. Thea with their rich step dad, she doesn't care about school, she wants her step dad to buy her colleges. Thea wants Alex's boyfriend and she's planning to steal him away. ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book once I got into it. The beginning confused me because there was a lot of information that wasn't given to you upfront and that you had to keep reading to find out and understand. I thought the book was an eye opener about how wealth can affect people in different ways and how family should always come before your appearance and reputation. ...more
Stephanie Bond
Jan 12, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like it because it touches on how badly anxiety can affect your relationships but....I I can't recommend it to anyone. The writing wasnt great. There was a lack of character development and the characters seemed to constantly contradict themselves. And dont get me started on the ending. ...more
Nov 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book was.. awful to say the least. It was a bad take on the little sister wants the older sister's boyfriend trope. The narration style was off from Alex's point of view, but that could just be a personal preference. It wasn't interesting and the only thing it gets points for is Alex's anxiety was fairly well portrayed. ...more
Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen
Jun 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Didn't quite live up to the promise of the premise, imo. Alex and Xander was a pretty cute pairing, but Thea's propensity for tall tales became more immature and annoying than endearing. There didn't seem to be much real plot or resolution. ...more
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, books-i-own
A good book that I enjoyed reading. The reason why I only give it three stars is because I really didnt like the characters in it. The plot of the book was good, but I found myself annoyed by the main characters which made it hard for me to be sympathetic with them.
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