The One & Only

The One & Only

Book - 2014
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Mar 16, 2019

I read about two chapters before I decided I could not read anymore. I knew what was going to happen and I just think it's creepy. I'm sure it happens, but not for my taste.... Still love her books.

Oct 14, 2018

Library: the summary of this book is really off. Walker is the name of the town where the main character lives, not a family in the story. The main character also is not "planning to marry into" any particular family.

I loved this book. The author did a great job developing the characters so that the main character's relationship with the recently widowed football coach made total sense.

Mireya777 Jul 13, 2018

I think if the characters had no history, if he wasn't her father-figure growing up, this may have been a less creepy read.

Dec 11, 2017

I agree with most of these posts. Really was not a fan of the storyline or the ending. The whole thing was just too creepy.

Aug 29, 2017

I do not recommend this book to anyone. The story was very disturbing. I always loved Emily's books but I feel like she's hit a brick wall with this one. I did enjoy all of the football references, being a fan of the sport and all.

Jul 26, 2017

This was so creepy...a fresh widower, who the main character is basically raised by, who she calls "Coach", and he calls "Girl", fall in love. SO GROSS!!
And he is also the father of her best is a terrible story where you end up rooting against the characters.

Jan 18, 2017

Sadly, I found this book quite boring. I have read quite a few of her books and loved them all. This one was not what I expected. It was pretty much all about football, as in the American kind. So if you like football, I think you will really enjoy this book!

shokolit Nov 12, 2016

I've found the story to be somewhat disturbing.

Sep 14, 2016

Love Emily Giffin, but DID NOT love this book, terrible storyline, not something that you'd want to read about. The writing is well done and the book flows well. Skip this one.

Dec 08, 2015

Loved this one. Page turner for me! I mean it was a pretty messed up "forbidden love" kind of situation so maybe some people are turned off by that.

Jun 07, 2015

Wow, what a creepy storyline!! I usually enjoy Giffin's books, but ugh! And the creepiness started to become evident early in the book. When it was totally wrong to bring up, at the best friend's mother's funeral. Ugh! Skeezed out.

carolinevig5 Apr 02, 2015

The writing in this book is in line with the rest of her novels, but the plot is not Giffin's best. I think she write's well and her character's definitely evoke a lot of sympathy, but the love story was a little bit unsettling. And by a little bit, I mean extremely. I wanted to like it but the more I thought about it the more creeped out I got. I still devoured this like I've devoured her other books, but was not nearly as satisfied with the ending as I was with her others.

Jan 13, 2015

The writing and storyline are in really poor taste. Returned after reading only the first chapter. A shame because I have loved Emily Giffins previous books.

Jan 03, 2015

this book is so boring I couldn't finish it. not Emily Giffins usual enjoyable read.

Dec 29, 2014

IMO - this is Emily Griffin's weakest novel so far. I could NOT get behind the love story and found it really kind of messed up. That being said, I find her books like crack and I ploughed through it in a couple of days.

Dec 06, 2014

I agree with ehbooklover. Totally inappropriate and, well frankly....creepy. I just couldn't feel the characters, I didn't feel connected to one of the. Pass this book by.

Dec 06, 2014

Usually love Giffin's books, but have to say I only finished this one because the description made it sound like something interesting was going to happen. I kept hoping it would get better, it didn't.
Wish I could get the time back I wasted on this one. Story was so, so predictable.

Oct 06, 2014

This book was terrible! I loved all the previous Emily Giffin books, but this was just bad.

Sep 17, 2014

I really enjoyed her first few books and expected more from this one. Unfortunately it was not a good plausible story and was a little creepy. I read thru it but it was predictable and just not very good at all. Hope she does better in her future novels.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "This was a very easy summer read. Fans of Emily Giffin's other books will enjoy this book as well."

Jul 23, 2014

This woman centric book may be considered "Chick Lit." However, the plot revolves round Shea, the central character's love for college football and yes the coach too; so men will enjoy it . The characters have been sketched well and the plot flows along smoothly as expected. There is a certain comfort in this and the ending is satisfactory.

Jul 21, 2014

Loved loved loved the story. I felt the ending was rushed. I wish there was a sequel.Couldn't. put the book down.

Jun 30, 2014

The library's description is not only simplistic, it's also just plain incorrect. I really liked this book, finishing it in just a couple of days. I liked all the characters; there really were no real "bad guys," just humans with flaws. I was disappointed when I came to the end of the book because I didn't want my "relationship" with them to end. I just wanted to keep reading about the characters and their lives - that's the sign of an enjoyable read for me.

Jun 20, 2014

Normally, Emily Giffin's books are my guilty pleasure. I have really enjoyed some of her previous books, especially her last one, Where We Belong. Giffin has a way of creating characters you can relate to and care about, but this time?...Not so much. Maybe it's that so much of it is focused on college football, something I don't have much interest in, or that the woman in the story is in love with a man 22 years her senior, which I find slightly icky. But the main reason is that all the characters are just simply boring- they're one-dimensional and poorly realized. I was not invested in the story and didn't care what happened to any of them. Emily Giffin lost her way with this book. Skip it.

Jun 12, 2014

I've never read this author before but I liked this book. A lot of reviewers on Goodreads found it creepy and distasteful but I just thought it was funny.

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