Monday, October 17, 2011

Everything We Ever Wanted by Sara Shepard

Everything We Ever Wanted: A NovelTitle: Everything We Ever Wanted
Author: Sara Shepard
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Release: October 11, 2011
Pages: 352
Series: None
THANKS TO HARPERCOLLINS CANADA FOR THE ADVANCE REVIEW COPY.
Synopsis:
Sara Shepard, the bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars, delivers a powerful novel of family dreams, lies, and delusions. Everything We Ever Wanted begins with a phone call with allegations that rock an upper crust Philadelphia family to its very foundations, unlocking years of secrets and scandals that expose the serious flaws in outwardly perfect lives. A moving, intelligent, and unforgettable novel, Shepard’s Everything We Ever Wanted is exceptional contemporary women’s fiction that will be embraced by book clubs everywhere.

Review:
If you didn't know I am a pretty big fan of the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard, so I jumped at the chance to read anything else by her, even if it broke my not usually reading adult books. So boy was I excited to find that I liked it just as much as her young adult books.

The cover for this book was interesting. It intrigued me and some of my friends who saw me reading the book. Two of the most common questions I got was "Who are they?" and "Where are they going?" and to be honest, I'm not quite sure. I look at this cover as giving more of a feeling of reconcile than literally being two of the characters. I like the fact the season is changing, and how that could be construed as symbolism for changes in a seemingly steady relationship. I also quite liked the simplicity of the font used for both the title and Sara's name. It tied the entire cover together nicely I found.

For starters, this book was told from multiple points of view including that of Sylvie, Charles, and Joanna. These characters all had very different points of view and they were going through very different things in their lives, but somehow they were all intertwined. My favourite character of the story was Joanna because she didn't come off as spoiled as some of the other characters did, though the spoiled feeling was not a negative feeling, I just found that I could relate to Joanna because she didn't come from an uber-rich family. I also liked her take on events and how she dealt with difficult situations. There were no characters I did not like, but I did have my favourites.

The story of this novel was packed full of drama and shock, the twists took me on a roller coaster ride of unpredictable turns with equally unpredictable characters. Though often flashbacks don't work for me in stories, this novel pulled them off, using them in a way that flowed in with the story. I also liked the story having been told from multiple perspectives because it gave such insight into what was happening inside the story. Sara's awesome writing also contributed to the whole story because of it's quality and ability to weave a tale with turns for the unexpected. And the ending. I did not see that coming at all, but overall I was pretty happy with it.

This book is one of those books that makes you happy not to have too much drama in your life, but you enjoy the drama you get to read about in the book. I found myself loving this book with only a few complaints, and for that reason I give this book a 4/5.


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