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All You Could Ask For

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  4,952 ratings  ·  639 reviews
All You Could Ask For, debut novel by Mike Greenberg, cohost of ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning, is a tender and insightful story of friendship and love, heartbreak and renewal, played out in the lives of three unforgettable women.

Brooke has been happily married to her college sweetheart for fifteen years. Even after the C-section, the dog poop, the stomach viruses and
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by William Morrow (first published March 1st 2013)
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Melissa Lee-Tammeus
Jul 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Okay, I always feel guilty when I review a book I didn't finish. But, man, I gave it a good shot. I pulled in over 65% of this book before I just couldn't waste any more of my time. Too many awesome books to read. So, here's the deal. This book starts off with some women with totally separate and disjointed lives. And they are written that way. You read a snippet about one and then it cleverly moves to the next story line by using the same line or thought of the last story (granted, very ...more
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I heard that Mike "Greeny" Greenberg wrote a book, I figured it would be a sports book. Then I heard it was a novel, so I thought, 'oh, a novel about sports.' Then I read the description- a novel about three women dealing with breast cancer. Wait, what?

Greenberg had a friend who had breast cancer, and he was amazed that her three best friends, one of whom was his wife, surrounded this woman with constant love and never left her side. They went to her doctor appointments, her chemo
Larry H
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've watched ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning, so I'm familiar with Mike Greenberg's on-air persona. I'm a fan of his, but I'll tell you, nothing could have prepared me for his utter mastery in writing a novel which has as its primary characters three women—Brooke, who was raised to be exactly what she is, the perfect suburban housewife, married to her college sweetheart and raising twins; Samantha, the emotionally fragile yet physically tough-as-nails athlete, whose whirlwind marriage ends ...more
Feb 07, 2013 rated it liked it
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A copy of All You Could Ask For was provided to me by William Morrow for review purposes.

Brooke, Samantha and Katherine all have established and successful lives, each with their own different definition of success. Brooke has been happily married to her college sweetheart for 15 years. Samantha is a competitive athlete who after a whirlwind marriage finds evidence of her husband's infidelity 2 days into their honeymoon but it's the best thing that could have happened to
Mary Gramlich
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Every life lived is a story worth telling

Brooke, Samantha, and Katherine are women that are leading successful albeit flawed lives. They move in different circles, which have never offered an opportunity for them to cross paths. They are successful in their own right at what they do and each day has a unique twist or turn that they resolve as it suits their personality. Brooke is a stay at home mother who still has sizzle in her marriage; Katherine is a powerful force in a company that keeps
Jenny Abrahamson Coughlin
Jun 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
While I appreciate the reason Mike Greenberg wrote the book and the cause to which book sale proceeds will go, I have to give the book 1 star. The use of ridiculous similes (her fingers were like tightly rolled dollar bills?!?!?!?!) and unrelatable characters made the book difficult to finish. The fact that all three women were wealthy enough to not worry about medical bills was a little tough to swallow, and when one of the characters (Brooke) even states that if she were reading her story in a ...more

My emotions are all over the place on this one. And reading my fellow GoodReaders' takes on this novel is providing no help, as I can agree with a little bit of nearly all of them: "Surprising!" "Inspirational!" "One-dimensional Characters!" "Breezy beach read!" "Well-intentioned!" (I stop short, though, at concuring with the "What the hell were you thinking, Greeny?!" lambaste).

This is the second novel I've read in less than two months where i was astonished with the author's ability to
Dee Montoya
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
*****5 BFF (Breast Friends Forever) Stars*****

Very often in movies, books and in real life women are portrayed as insecure, selfish and petty; talking behind each others backs or criticizing one another, creating a bad rep for all of us, not in this novel though. All You Could Ask For celebrates women and shows how sympathetic and selfless we can be towards each other, how sensitive and empowering we are when someone around us is struggling. This story is about friendship and self discovery and
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Okay. So I, too, picked up an advance reader's copy of this book largely because of all the hype on the back cover about how it was written by a "man's man" who clearly understands the inner workings of women. As I read more and more, I started to think "wait, I'm a guy; how do I know what and how women think and act?" (Of course, that leaves aside the bigger question of whether a man actually thinketh at all. But let's put that aside for the moment.) Next, I started to think "so what? Male ...more
Cathy A.
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Until I read the acknowledgements and Mike Greenberg's description I would have given this book a solid 4; after reading his summary of how this came to be and what it meant to him, I am giving it 5 stars. And, with its completion, I am officially crushing more on him than Mike Golic. The writing is very good, and he captured these women's voices well, no small feat from a sportswriter (admitting bias...). The feelings/emotions these characters experience leap from the page into your heart. One ...more
Kate Sherwood
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
I read it on my kindle so I didn't pick up that it was written by a man (didn't look at the cover every time I looked at the book)... maybe it was just the novelty approach that made the book seem like a good idea?

Honestly, to me, it felt like a RIDICULOUSLY overlong extension of a sob story article from a women's magazine. I mean, what was the idea behind this book? To point out that women with cancer have lives and families that get interrupted? I mean... no shit. I think we all knew that.

Mary Nelson
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Currently reading this book and having a lot of trouble getting into the unrealistic female characters (written by a man, with male fantasy-type descriptions at times, which I find quite off-putting). Some aspects of the characters' lives strain credibility. I sometimes wonder if reviewers try too hard to be kind and generous when writing book reviews; the reviews for this book steered me to it, and probably took me in the wrong direction. I am only going to give it a certain number of pages ...more
May 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Clearly a fictional what I would call "beach read" book. Pages turn quickly, but it s very hard to get close to the characters. The author seemed to do little research (you cannot just sign up for Ironman Kona a couple months prior and then get a near pro time). All the women are so wealthy none have to work and one of them begs the other two to be friends as they battle cancer. just not believable and it is hard to muster too much sympathy for the characters with the exception of the cancer. Do ...more
Apr 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, fiction
This book was startlingly terrible. Unlike like most people who've read this, I picked it up without realizing it was about breast cancer. So for about half the book, I was reading in suspense of what awful fate was going to befall the three main characters. And taking half the book to get to the main conflict is way way way too long! Brooke (the young, happily married mother) basically has no story for 150 pages. The other characters, Samantha (the newlywed who discovers her husband's affair ...more
This book wasn't what I expected. I finished it fairly quickly. I thought this would be chick lit, but it tackled a very heavy subject and well. I have experienced the same issue, and I've read many books about it, but this author, surprisingly a male author, managed to get inside the heads of these women far better than any female author I've read on the same topic. I don't want to give away the thing that ties all the women together. Some might find the author's habit of ending nearly each ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
“You can’t just close your eyes and hope everything turns out all right. That’s a fine strategy for jumping out of an airplane, but it’s no way to conduct your life. In order to get anywhere you must first know where it is you want to go. Then you can figure out how to get there.”
Shari Henry
Jul 04, 2013 rated it liked it
I knew Mike Greenberg knows sports, and he knows writing. What I didn't know is that he knows women as well as he does, and he knows cancer. Inspired by the death of a dear family friend, Heidi (after losing a battle with breast cancer), Greenberg wrote this book. In fact, all profits from the sales of the book are going to Heidi's Angels, a foundation created by Greenberg and his wife Stacy.

So, the book. . .Part I was interesting enough, as Greeny set the stage by sharing the lives of three
Julia Ripley-stoner
Jan 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
What a waste of time. Very cliche (reminded me of How Stella Got Her Groove Back, which i liked, mashed in with Waiting To Exhale, which I hated how pathetic those women were) back stories that make it very hard to connect with the characters. Characters were meant to be strong but had ridiculous relationship issues which contradicted everything they were suppose to be. Very convenient that they were all very wealthy (to the point of being unrealistic) and had only the best medical care at their ...more
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This one surprised me. A lot. The author is a well-known ESPN anchor, a guy's guy. I actually enjoy him. But. But. That he wrote his first piece of fiction from the point of view of three women. And pulled it off, is amazing. He can write and concoct a decent story. He kind of almost made me cry at the end. Well, in the two pages at the end where he described the family friend who inspired him to write the book. You can read the premise in the book description. It explains the story well enough.
Donna Bridwell
Jun 22, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I appreciate that the author wrote about an important issue like the effect of breast cancer on the lives of three women who are diagnosed with it. However, he skims the surface of this serious issue with "cardboard-like" main characters, whom he does not develop well, and who seem more like a man's fantasy of women that actual, real women (especially Brooke, the housewife). The novel is an entertaining, light read, but is much more chick-lit than serious literature. I'd have greatly ...more
Nancy Sherod
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit I was nervous about this book. A sportscaster writing a novel through the eyes of three women?? Seriously?? But all I can say is wow! The emotions throughout this book were intense! I loved it! The story pulls you in immediately. I can't recommend this book highly enough!! The way the stories get interwoven took me by surprise. An amazing book!
J. April
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Ok. This one blind sided me a bit.

I picked this up intrigued by the concept of three women whose lives intercept in unexpected ways. Their initial situations were interesting, and the first few pages had me interested enough to continue. Keep in mind, I picked this up at random while wandering through my local library's shelves. I had no previous knowledge of this book or what it was about.

About a quarter of the way through, I was entertained but not really impressed. The story structure was
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
All You Could Ask For, debut novel by Mike Greenberg, cohost of ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning, is a tender and insightful story of friendship and love, heartbreak and renewal, played out in the lives of three unforgettable women.

Brooke has been happily married to her college sweetheart for fifteen years. Even after the C-section, the dog poop, the stomach viruses and the coffee breath, Scott always winks at her in just the right moments. That is why, for her beloved, romantic, successful
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
The importance of friendships.
Hard to believe it was written by a man.
Dec 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
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Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book from beginning to end. I’m still flabbergasted by the fact that this was written by a man, one that is fact a sports fanatic.
I believe that not many men out write chicklit books because of the difficulty they would have in developing genuine female characters. Well, Mike Greenberg has definitely proved us wrong. He not only beautifully managed to create just one, but three realistic and extremely relatable female characters. Mike clearly understands the women’s psyche.

All You
Nancy Rossman
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I am a huge sports nut. College sports are my favorite and I follow several teams, mostly big TEN and U. of Michigan. However, I am literate enough to have a short discussion about several sports (basketball, football, hockey, and a little baseball)... but the thing is that I feel sports mirrors many situations in life: drama, hardship, illness, injury, death, grit, perseverance, no one but you believes in you...I could go on but I'm sure already you are yawning. Anyhow, to start my ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Top three fiction books I've read in the last few years. Greenberg manages to give all three women distinct voices and weaves their stories in a way that keeps you guessing how they are all connected. He writes with raw honesty that leaves you cheering for the characters as they live life, struggle and come to grips with what binds them.

To be honest, I wish women were as bold as these three women in how they love, speak their minds and do life together. So amazing.

"You challenged me, before I
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Three women with seemingly nothing in common--happily married Brooke, unhappily married newlywed Samantha, and career woman Katherine. Then they have everything in common when they're diagnosed with breast cancer. ALL YOU COULD ASK FOR is the story of their friendship as they navigate illness and support each other. The first half of the book is set up for the friendship.
I'm a breast cancer survivor, and I'd have never chosen this novel if I knew the topic. I don't need to read fiction about
Sheila DeChantal
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
So much draws me to this book at first look… the cover is gorgeous and inviting, it is a party I hope I am invited to. It’s written about three strong women, each very different in how they live their lives…. and probably most intriguing – it is written by a man.

I dove into All You Could Ask For with a sense of adventure (remember the party cover? I knew I was in for some fun) And I was in for some fun, all three women each had qualities that appealed to me as to how they lived their lives.
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