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Everyone She Loved: A Novel

2.81  ·  Rating details ·  194 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews

A wise and triumphant novel about four women who've come of age together only to discover that -- when it comes to the essentials -- life's little instruction book will always need revising.

Penelope Cameron, loving mother, devoted wife and generous philanthropist, has convinced her husband and four closest friends to sign an outlandish pact. If Penelope should die befo
ebook, 432 pages
Published June 16th 2009 by Atria Books (first published May 31st 2009)
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Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Way too much going on - I never could get those other two friends straight. Lots of ideas that went nowhere. Wanted to scream at the whole mis-understanding between Lucy and Joey. The ending was just too random. I didn't hate it but it didn't do much for me either.
Sierra Lawrence
Mar 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is painful to read. The storyline had amazing potential...but the writing was awful
Oct 29, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I had expected to enjoy this book- the premise was interesting and I thought the book would be a fun read. Unfortunately, any fun was sucked out by the overly-complicated and ridiculous plot, and the completely unsympathetic cast of characters. At one point I thought the book might drift far enough into absurdity to become a farce, but it never quite hit the satirical note required to pump it up to that level. The only people in the book that evoked any emotional response other than irritation w ...more
Jun 11, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are some books that I read a chapter here and a chapter there and take me forever to read. This was one of those books. I never got into it. At all. But I make myself finish every book I start, so here I am.

There were too many sub-plots. Way too many. Death and cheating and lesbianism and obesity and anorexia and bulimia. Add it crazy characters, none of which I liked, and it didn't make for such a great read. Okay, I take that back. I kinda liked the two kids although its really more tha
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'll just say that the jacket cover made this book sound a whole lot more interesting/entertaining than it really was.

The story just annoyed me as I got further and further through it. I think I enjoyed reading about the children, Tessa and June, more. The whole situation with Joey and Lisa was ridiculous, yet sadly could be non-fiction since there are people out there in the world who don't ever bother to listen to each other.

Overall a disappointing read.
Jan 12, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh! I really tried! This book is horrible and I can't get into it! I am so glad I borrowed it from the library so I can return it. I can't relate to the characters and the plot is going nowhere.

I will still have lots of coffee for all of my book club friends, but can't bring myself to read it. Too many great books in the world :)
Virginia Hess
Jan 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gentle laughter, the voice of the author...about a woman who died and leaves 2 daughters, three friends, a husband, millions of dollars and a codicil to her will requiring her friends to pass judgment on anyone he remarries.
Mar 29, 2010 marked it as tried-it-and-gave-up  ·  review of another edition
Another one where I got so bored with it that I flipped to the end to read the resolution and called it a day.

The plot relies far too much on people misunderstanding one another. Like in a sitcom. "Wait, what were YOU talking about?" "No, what were YOU talking about?"
Peggy Clayton
Feb 26, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
stopped reading after 1/2 way couldn't or didn't get into it not sure this hasnt happened in a really long time where i started a book and didnt like it wow
Liana Qissy Cat
May 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It started off fine. Then got a bit draggy towards the middle. At which,I was not in the mood to read it as it became ANNOYING. :(
Aug 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting characters!!
Jun 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOved it! Everything you want in a novel: wise, touching, warm and funny.
Ranger Curran
Jul 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Great read. Characters come alive and very intersting plot. Very entertaining.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the jacket cover, I couldn't wait to start this book. The first few chapters held my interest, but after a quarter of the way through, it was painful to finish. Too many story lines and I kept on getting the friends confused. Also very disappointed by the ending - was expecting something much more dramatic, but found it very lackluster.
For readers who have an appetite for books about individuals who come from dysfunctional families or have suffered through what might be termed emotionally damaging experiences in their youth and have never quite "gotten over it", EVERYONE SHE LOVED will fill up their senses like a seven course meal. For others who like a little less drama and a lot more laughter and lightness in their summer reads, my advice would be to steer clear of this offering.

Author Curran has created six women with back
Nov 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ok, I scrolled through some other reviews to make sure this was not going to be too harsh. I did find some redeeming aspects to this book. I picked it up because I noticed it twice at my local library. I thought it was funny the cover would attract me twice, so I tried it.

I did not find the characters nearly as awful as some of the other reviewers. But they were also not "inspirational" or "loveable" as some described them. But the characters were not my real problem with this book. The premise
Beth Peninger
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this one up at the library on a whim and am glad I did! I haven't read Curran's books before but after this one am looking to read others.
Penelope has a group of friends that, along with her husband, she talked into signing a legal document stating that if she died then the friends had to approve of any woman her husband wanted to marry and choose to become a mother to their children. Thinking it would never happen the husband and the friends sign it and it is a legally binding documen
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-reading
I had a hard time with this book. The premise is interesting. A man, married to Penelope, the heiress to a large fortune, is convinced to sign a codicil to her will that he will seek the approval of her four best friends before re-marrying in the even of her untimely death. Obviously the drama and conflict possible in such a situation is immeasurable.
A lot of time is spent introducing each friend, describing her connection to the family and her life/marriage/relationship with Penelope. Of course
Jul 12, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay. It took me awhile to get into it. I almost put it down after 50 pages, something would suck me in, I would continue reading, hate it for another paragraph or two, get sucked in again, and so on and so forth throughout the whole book.

Would I recommend it? No.

To jog my memory of what the book was about:

A lady named Penelope dies (is murdered), and she had a will that said her friends had to approve of the woman her husband will marry. Her husband hooks up with a young dance tea
Jul 05, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Didn't enjoy this book very much. I also read this authors 'Diana Lively is Falling Down' and I at least enjoyed that one for the first 200 pages. The rest just dragged on and on. I also can't stand when an author has agendas that she can't shut up about. Wait...amend that to- I can't stand when the author has agendas that I don't agree with and won't shut up about ;-) I guess that's my fault for not putting the book down before the final pages.

As my good friend Cynthia would say-

Feb 25, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stopped-reading
I just couldn't get interested in this book. I read through 122 pages and put it down to read some other books and can't bring myself to pick it up again. I had just finished a couple of books by Elizabeth Strout and Joanna Hershon whose characters are so believable you really connect with them, and this book was just boring in comparison.
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book, so I was surprised to see so many bad reviews. The whole premise of a father an his two daughters recovering from the death of their mother with the help of her friends was touching. I really enjoyed all the complex relationships in the book and finding out how everything turns out in the end.
Mar 31, 2010 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
I did not like this one at all. I felt like I was constantly in turmoil. The author did all kinds of building up and then wrapped it all up in a couple pages. There was only one character I was pulling for though the book and even she got on my nerves.
Larry Dorfman
A great book about relationships among friends, familys and even intruders. Curran creates vivid reality in her characters, allowing them to be almost overly human. We can identify with them, right down to the point at which it hurts. Both this and Diana Lively Is Falling Down are great books.
Fun to read a book by a local author. It was an interesting premise -- a page-turner. A bit predictable especially towards the end, but I must admit I couldn't put it down waiting for the resolution!
Stacey Hewitt tomblin
I found this to be hard to read. I didn't find it to be good till three quarters in the book. The author uses a big vocabulary through out the book, which is ok for some People but it did not keep my attention. I only kept reading it to find out how the kids turn out.
Sep 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted a good "beach" read and that's exactly what this was. Nothing more, nothing less. It was quick and easy, a decent plot, etc. but no literary value to it.
Amanda Artese
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Loved this book, really kept me interested. one of the best books in a long time
Oct 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Confusing melodrama. Finally just gave up on it.
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