The One & Only - Emily Giffin

The One & Only

By Emily Giffin

  • Release Date: 2014-05-20
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
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From 1,015 Ratings

Description

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The beloved author of Something Borrowed and Where We Belong returns with an extraordinary story of love and loyalty—and an unconventional heroine struggling to reconcile both.

This ebook edition contains an excerpt from Emily Giffin’s First Comes Love.


Emily Giffin, the beloved author of such novels as Something Borrowed and Where We Belong, returns with an extraordinary story of love and loyalty—and an unconventional heroine struggling to reconcile both.


Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.

But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.

Thoughtful, funny, and brilliantly observed, The One & Only is a luminous novel about finding your passion, following your heart, and, most of all, believing in something bigger than yourself . . . the one and only thing that truly makes life worth living.

Praise for The One & Only • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY POPSUGAR

“A page turner.”—Southern Living

The One & Only is one to read.”—Associated Press

“Giffin scores again by bringing her discerning understanding of matters of the heart.”—Family Circle

“A poignant story about growing up and growing into your own skin.”—BookPage

“Touching.”—New York Daily News

“Deep, beautifully written . . . [Emily Giffin’s] latest focuses on a forbidden love of sorts, but in a new setting: a fictional small college town in Texas.”—Marie Claire

“Each and every page of this story is entertaining. . . . Find a shady spot; get a cool drink, and just luxuriate in the joy of a book well written.”The Huffington Post

“Brace yourself for a tearjerker: A tale of friendship and loyalty in a small, football-crazed Texas town shows how quickly things can change when tragedy challenges all that the characters hold dear . . . [A] page-turner.”InStyle

“[Giffin’s] protagonists . . . live full, interesting lives outside the purely personal realm—no more so than Shea Rigsby, the funny, flawed, but sympathetic central character in the The One & Only.”The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“In bestseller Giffin’s much-anticipated latest, a young woman’s life is upended when tragedy strikes the football-obsessed Texas town she’s always called home.”People

“To fill your Friday Night Lights void: A tale of die-hard love in a diehard Texas football town from the bestselling author of Something Borrowed.”—Cosmopolitan

Reviews

  • Three years later...

    1
    By stnash
    I’m such a fan of Emily Giffen. I love reading her books and typically glued to every page of her books, but I kept waiting for this novel to pick up and it just didn’t for me. Three years later and I haven’t completed it. I will go back and attempt to finish it at some point, but it was hard to capture my attention.
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    5
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  • Terrible

    1
    By HF13
    This is the worst book I can remember reading, and I typically like this author. The main storyline was very inappropriate and I hated where the main character ended up. At the beginning she wanted to change her life and she wound up exactly where she started without much putting much effort into improving. Don't bother spending the money.
  • Waste of time

    1
    By ereadrn17
    This book has no redeeming qualities.. save your time reading a different book
  • Read this book!!

    4
    By CTemb
    I wanted to review this book because when I was deciding whether or not to purchase, I felt very conflicted by the many negative reviews I saw. I have previously read Something Borrowed and Something Blue and I loved both of them. I was confused by the negative reviews on this book because I had had great experiences with Emily Giffin books before. I am so glad I disregarded the negative reviews and purchased this book. I love that Emily writes about unconventional relationships and tells their stories. I honestly think that there are two reasons people gave low ratings to this story: 1.) The heavy incorporation of the football world, and 2.) the main relationship (don't want to give any spoilers!). I personally and a football junky just like Shea so this was an asset to the story in my opinion. Basically, I just wanted to review this story because I couldn't put it down, I loved it, and I almost missed out on it because of other people saying it wasn't as good as her others. I say...buy the book!!! The only reason I don't give it the fifth star is because I felt that it wrapped up a little too quickly in the end, but either way, wonderful story.
  • One and Only MISS

    1
    By TowerDork1408
    I have every one of Emily's books and I love them, but I just can't finish this one. I see where this story is going, and the way it's being told just doesn't keep me interested :( If this is your first Emily Giffin book all her work is amazing just not this one unfortunately.
  • Different, but good.

    3
    By blan0710
    I think this book was definitely different from her others. It talked a lot about football, so if you're into the sport, you will love it. It also has a twist you kind of kind of don't see coming!
  • Boring

    2
    By Pendulum Swing
    I kept waiting for this book to get exciting or give me something to care about but it never did. As a fellow lover of football I would've expected to connect with Shea, but I ended up disliking her quite a bit. I can forgive a lot of issues with a book if the characters are well developed but every single one fell flat. Cliches abound. I'm not offended by Shea's relationship with Coach the way some readers are, but I also didn't believe in their love story. It rang false. Her incessant obsessing about him in the beginning was obnoxious and their entire buildup lacked emotion. It would take way better writing for me to believe that a girl who grew up with a man being her father figure and vice versa could have romantic feelings for each other. The way it was written feels like on her side it screams "daddy issues" and on his side he's a pervert. I could've possibly gotten behind it if it wasn't played out so hurriedly and awkwardly. Lucy came off self absorbed. Ryan was a tool. Miller was an idiot. Why the coworker (graham?) was thrown in there and then not even given a storyline is beyond me. Also, I like country music, but the references seemed random and not even adding to the story. I normally like Giffin, so this book was really a shock to me. I honestly didn't like anything about it.
  • Boring!

    1
    By Smmomo
    I was disappointed by this book, as I enjoyed Griffin's other novels great. The plot was boring and predictable.
  • Uhhh.....

    1
    By KeriYoung
    If you're a fan of creepy, inappropriate relationships this is the book for you.