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Everything We Ever Wanted

2.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,161 ratings  ·  205 reviews
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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Jul 27, 2011 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
Sep 28, 2011 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
Nov 18, 2012 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
Donna McBroom-Theriot
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing

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
Oct 24, 2011 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
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
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
Rashmi Tiwari
Apr 01, 2015 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
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
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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
Jul 10, 2011 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
Naomi Morrison
May 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
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
Jan 27, 2013 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
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
After finishing the book, I still feel like it was a total yawn fest. *SPOLIER* the epilogue, where we finally get to know Scott was by far the most interesting part of the story, and it came far too late. The biggest set ups of the plot never materialize into anything (Silvie never meets “the boy’s” dad, we don’t see the confrontation with Charlie and his wife after his meeting with Bronwyn, etc.) I just don’t see the point of any of the angst. There was no real affair between Phillip and Bronw ...more
Sep 21, 2011 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
My first e-book.

2 and a half stars.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ala2011, arc, kindle, 2018-read
I wanted to like this book but in truth I was bored. A death of a student at a prestigious private school unlocks all sorts of buried memories for a family who behaves as though they are at the center of the tragedy but are really barely at the periphery. The problem is that for Sylvia Bates-McAllister, whose grandfather founded the school, the school is everything and she reveres her grandfather's name, perhaps more than she revered her husband. One of her sons, the adopted, troubled one, coach ...more
Jess Swann
Dec 19, 2017 rated it did not like it

Fan des séries young adult de Sara, j'étais impatiente de lire ce roman et je dois dire que c'est une grosse déception. Les personnages ne m'ont absolument pas plu et j'ai deviné assez rapidement ce qui était réellement arrivé avec Browning. Les personnages sont certes complexes (comme la relation de Joanna avec sa mère ou la manière dont cette dernière lui a transmis ses traits) mais je ne suis pas arrivée à m’intéresser à leurs histoires. Les relations sont un peu confuses, notamment sur celle
Karen Ryder
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Everything We Ever Wanted....
I cannot imagine a world that I had everything that I wanted and needed, but spent so much of my time being angry, or sad or alone. Each of the family members in this story had secrets, and hidden upset that kept them from connecting to one another. So much internal sadness and longing for something. If they would only talk and share! I could feel the tension and restraint in how the spoke or didn't speak to one another. Finally things begin to change and each of the
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was the first book I read by Sara Shepard. I picked it off a "Recommended by Staff" list at my public library. I was very disappointed by the lack of closure among all characters. Each character was socially defunct, functioned insularly, and was all so consumed by his/her first world problems. Not one main character in this book, with all of his/her "superior" education, could communicate effectively or at least like an adult, which was the most annoying character flaw for me. I gave it 2 ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it

Borrowed this one from the library. I usually like Sara Shepard's books, but this one fell flat.

The story was decent, but the ending wrapped up way to quickly for how the rest of the story dragged out.
And parts of it really really seemed to jump around a bit, and make little sense.

I will continue with her books, but she's got a way to go if she wants to successfully target the audience she was going after in this particular novel.
Ok read. I have a hard time reading characters that can't seem to ask obvious questions. Conversations that needed to be had, were not and so the story line moved very slowly. Characters seemed to be muddling thru life. I also don't like story lines where characters quit one thing in life and go on to another so easily-difficult to believe.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
I want to start off saying i loved the pretty little liars series. So when i saw a new book was coming out by the same author i was excited.
But i read 20% of this book and that was enough torture. It did pass the time, but i do not care at all what happens to want to finish reading this book. Sorry but it is 2 thumbs down from me.
Katlyn Webb
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've been in a love/hate relationship with this author for 10 years. Granted, I was only reading her young adult novels. It was only a couple day ago that I found out about her more adult novels. I was expecting nothing but thrillers from her so I was very pleasantly surprised to read this one and realized how much variety she was capable of. So now she is for sure one of my favorite authors!
Stephanie Watkins
Jun 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Terrible book. I had to force myself through this one for book club but it was painful. The characters are boring and whiney. Could not connect with anything about this story. Every page I found my self sighing or drifting off to daydream about something else entirely. It's rare for me to really hate a book but this one made that list.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really felt annoyed the entire way through this book. Each character was completely unrealistic and annoying. The storyline was repetitive and reams of it was peppered unnecessary detail. My eyes have never rolled as much as when I read this book.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn’t care much for this book. None of the characters were endearing or even likable. Not one family member ever told the truth about anything. They all just assumed things that most of the time were not accurate. I was aggravated with every character throughout the book.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017

This took me so long to read because I kept reading similar books and would have to set it aside as not to get the plots twisted. I think had I read it alone (or with fewer books) and uninterrupted I would have given it a higher score.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read almost everything else by this author - so I was excited to start this one...

and it was an interesting read - one that I enjoyed but didn't love. The secrets were interesting to weave through but I just didn't feel the pull or connection to the characters that I'd hoped.
Shawna Smith
Jun 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
I absolutely adore Sara Shepard, but this book was one of the most boring things I've read in a long time!
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Sara Shepard graduated from NYU and has an MFA from Brooklyn College. She has lived in New York City, Brooklyn, Tucson, Arizona, Philadelphia, and now lives in Pittsburgh, PA. Sara's Pretty Little Liars novels were inspired by her upbringing in Philadelphia's Main Line.