[REVIEW] The One & Only (Emily Giffin)

The One & Only
By: Emily Giffin
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I’ve been a fan of Emily Giffin since her first book, Something Borrowed, which later became a movie starring Kate Hudson. It was followed by Something Blue, which was equally as good. The problem started when she released Baby Proof. The cover was in the same style as the first two books but it was not a continuation of the series as I had anticipated. The characters totally new. Bummer! She went on to write 3 additional books that I never read because I was so mad about book #3.

Then, this year, she released a brand new book that had nothing to do with the previous set. It has a brand new story line with a brand new look so I decided to give it a try. 

If you are a girl living in the South who likes football then you are going to LOVE this book! The One & Only takes place in Texas but stats and players from both SEC and NFL teams are woven through the entire storyline. Even if you don’t like football, the story is easy to follow. The football bit just gives an added layer of interest to the book.

The main character, Shea, is a sports writer covering her favorite college team. After her best friend’s mother dies she begins to re-evaluate her life and her career. She has always been close with the Carr family but, without the matriarch of the family, things start to change. A LOT of things change. This story has everything from friendship and love to heartache, anticipation, and passion.

I’ll be honest, the plot is kind of obvious after the first few chapters. You will definitely know where this book is heading and wonder why there are so many chapters left to go. However, Griffin has a writing style that keeps you engaged as you follow along with the lives of these characters. You will enjoy watching the natural progression take place.

Of course, there are a few twists and turns along the way. Several times I caught myself jumping back from the book with my mouth wide open because I didn’t see that coming. There were also a few times were I laughed out loud. Southern women can be so funny at times.

Overall, it was a good read. I enjoyed it and would recommend it! If you are a Bama fan, like me, you will have an added interest towards the end of the book but you will have to read it to find out why. 😉

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