- Gebundene Ausgabe: 432 Seiten
- Verlag: Ballantine Books; Auflage: New. (20. Mai 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0345546881
- ISBN-13: 978-0345546883
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,4 x 3,7 x 24,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 235.520 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The One & Only: A Novel (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 20. Mai 2014
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Praise for The One & Only
“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. . . . Giffin is a talented writer who always comes up with a plot that is just a bit different than anything others are writing about. . . . 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
Praise for Emily Giffin
“Emily Giffin ranks as a grand master. . . . She has traversed the slippery slopes of true love, lost love, marriage, motherhood, betrayal, forgiveness and redemption that have led her to be called ‘a modern-day Jane Austen.’ ”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Giffin’s writing is true, smart, and heartfelt.”—Entertainment Weekly
“[Giffin] excels at creating complex characters and quick-to-read stories that ask us to explore what we really want from our lives.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“A dependably down-to-earth, girlfriendly storyteller.”—The New York Times
“Giffin’s talent lies in taking relatable situations and injecting enough wit and suspense to make them feel fresh.”—People
“When it comes to writing stories that resonate with real women, bestselling author Emily Giffin has hit her stride.”—San Francisco Chronicle
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Emily Giffin is the author of six New York Times bestselling novels: Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love the One You’re With, Heart of the Matter, and Where We Belong. A graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law, she lives in Atlanta lives with her husband and three young children.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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With The One & Only Emily Giffin again proves herself a master story teller as she creates imperfect, sometimes funny but always likable characters. She puts them in situations to which we can easily relate and understand. In this case, 33-year-old Shea has spent all of her life in Walker, Texas, a small college town like many others in the Lone Star State - totally devoted to football. Shea shares that enthusiasm as well as a close friendship with Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s head coach, Clive Carr.
Shea has worked happily for the past ten years at the college’s athletic department, but when unexpected tragedy strikes she wonders whether or not she has chosen the right life path after all. When the opportunity arises for her to make a major change she goes for it - she moves to Dallas to be a sports writer and before long finds romance with a former Walker super star who is now playing in the NFL. This would seem to be a dream come true.
But does this new life bring her happiness?
- Gail Cooke
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Shea is easily the worst protagonist Giffin has ever created. She's boring and one dimensional. What does she enjoy other than football and its players? We don't really know. Shea loves to spout off random football statistics and facts, and there are entire pages that consist of nothing but namedropping football players, sports terminology, and statistics. We get it. These people like football. If I wanted to read page after page of Heisman Trophy winners, I'd pick up Sports Illustrated. I was half expecting to see footnotes inserted by Giffin that said, "LOOK!! I did my research!! FOOTBALL STATS. TEXAS. SPORTS WRITERS!!!"
The storylines and romantic relationships are baffling. Despite the way that Shea casually puts down groupies throughout the book, all three of her boyfriends are associated with the local football team. And none of these men have anything remotely in common other than their association with the football team... but she's not a groupie.
Her first boyfriend is an idiot and a loser who really serves no purpose other than to set up the main love interest, which I could see coming from the first chapter but hoped I was wrong about because it was so perverse. The second boyfriend is a celebrity who is inexplicably infatuated with Shea and, also inexplicably, completely changes his personality halfway through the book to create a contrived hero/rescue sequence for Shea and her final love interest: the man who has been a father figure to her for her entire life.
Why is Coach interested in Shea like this having basically helped raise her? When did he start having feelings for her? Shea's obsession with Coach Carr and his reciprocation of her feelings felt so inappropriate and bizarre. I just couldn't root for these characters. The book is full of Texas/Dallas cliches and namedropping (Camp Waldemar and Highland Park - Snobby Socialites! SMU - Rich Kids! Hockaday - Rich Girls! Rice - Smart! UT - Hook em Horns! Texas - barbecued ribs solve any problem!!) Maybe non-Texans will not be bothered by this, but as someone who grew up in Texas, I found myself rolling my eyes. Between that, the nonsensical relationships, and the pages and pages of "look how much I know about sports!!" filler, it was a struggle to get through the book and a bit of a relief when it was over.
The One & Only by Emily Giffin is the first book I've read that Emily has written. [This is also my first read for the Summer Reading Challenge 2014 from BookSparks PR. Yay!] Okay, so, yeah. I am having a bit of trouble forming my thoughts on this story. I cannot stop thinking about it and the different characters and just all the things in the book. Let's see. I'm going to try to form a review that makes sense, because mostly, my brain is just going "oh my goodness!" from this story. :)
For nearly three-fourths of the story, I kept feeling like I was on the fence. Just back and forth on my feelings about everything...about Shea, about her as a person and her choices. There were some moments where I really just found her unbelievable and silly and just wanted to shake her. There were other times that I really liked her and could understand where she was coming from. Shea has a lot of issues. It seems like all the relationships in her life - friends, boyfriends, family, just every one - is awkward and strange and has some moments where it just doesn't seem real. The one relationship that does seem real and uncomplicated in her life is her relationship with football.
The football aspects of this story were actually some of my favorite parts. As an Ohio girl who is a huge football fan, and a Dallas Cowboys fan, I really enjoyed those elements of the book. I liked football as the cornerstone that brought everything together. I think without it, the story would have been a lot harder for me to accept and enjoy. I actually found myself more caught up in the Walker games than anything else!
I spent a lot of this story feeling angsty (I don't think that's a word) and anxious and all caught up in so much craziness. I felt awkward a lot of the times that Shea did. I think if I was Shea, I would have lost it. But the story came around and, just like a win on the last second of a game, pulled it together for me. The tears came, and I felt satisfied with the ending of the story. I love when that happens...even though I was engrossed in the story and didn't want to put it down, I still didn't know if I was going to like it until I read the last couple of pages. In the end, and reflecting on the story since finishing it...I did enjoy it. There was a lot I liked about it and ultimately, the story kept me intrigued from start to finish. What more can you ask for?! The One & Only by Emily Giffin kept me thinking about the story even when I wasn't reading it. I think it's one that will stick with me for a while. I look forward to picking up another Emily Giffin book sometime.
I received a complimentary electronic copy of the book from the author/publisher for review purposes.
The One and Only tells the story of 33-year-old Shea Rigsby, who born in the small town of Walker, Texas, appears to have only one singular passion: college football. In a circle-of-life scenario, the novel ironically begins with a funeral and ends hopefully with a National Championship game. Along the way, Shea must break her rut of complacency and realize that Walker football is not the one and only thing she cares about. This book is about "the things that endure in defeat, and even death. The things that make football like life -- and life like a game of football."
I'm not gonna lie. I didn't think I could love this book, but its unexpected-ness made me love it more. And truthfully, there will be people who will dismiss this book and not even try to let it into their hearts because of its unconventional love story. I've even seen people call it "incestuous" (cringe). I can see where they're coming from... Like them, I read the first 30% of this book feeling, at times, uncomfortable. And all the football jargon takes some getting used to for those who don't know or love the game, but I hung in there because this is Emily Giffin! Her books are a standard pre-order purchase for me, and frankly, I paid almost $12 for this Kindle book! I have read Giffin since her first novel, and like Something Borrowed, this book has some obstacles the reader must overcome in order to still like it, but I recognize that Giffin really took a chance here; she went outside the chick lit formula and made it work. As she often reminds us in her stories, people and things are not black and white or simple or conventional. This book's true success is that its author convinces us to care even when we might not agree. She changed my mind. I couldn't put this book down . I cared and sympathized with every character, even minor characters, including the "bad guy."
I gasped, laughed, and cried through the last half of this book. And by the time the big championship game arrived, I was worked up into a lather of anticipation and worry. Like the great Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Giffin makes you care about a sport you had no previous interest in. (SEP is famous for rom coms with sports contexts.) Despite my anxiety, I didn't want it to end. I wanted to keep being friends with these flawed and real people. I will even miss them...
This book has it all: great characters, a distinct setting, believable conflict(s), dramatic irony, secrets and suspense, a woo-hoo climax, and ultimately, universal themes...for the unconventional and conventional alike.
Which speaking of who Shea ends up with...oh dear. Yeah that's one of the things I saw coming a mile away, from the awkward fixing of her hair and drunk dialing him to tell him how much she loved him, which of course she quickly and defensively went "not like that." Yeah totally saw that one coming and was the main reason I quit reading. Listen I don't have an issue with May-December romances and Emily Griffin has sort of made a career telling somewhat unconventional love stories that you're technically not supposed to root for but do (see Something Borrowed for example). The difference is that while these relationships may have been somewhat crappy, selfish situations at times, they weren't creepy. Shea's relationship with the Coach is, in my opinion.
I am sorry, but this is a man who knew this woman as a baby and practically helped raise her along with his own daughter. Shea even tells the story of the local police taking her to him when she got caught drunk driving at 17. This man was by all accounts a father figure and only real authority figure in her life. But making it even worse is that his wife, a woman who was best friends with her mother and loved her like her own, had JUST died. And what was worse, Shea seemed to have no guilt or feelings to that and seemed annoyed at those who pointed it out, dismissively telling her mother when she rightly mentioned the Coach's wife had been her best friend, "and she died.."
Like the hell? I feel like the only way this would have been tolerable is if Griffin was making a commentary on Shea's daddy issues and if the point was to show how misguided her feelings were because one, her own father was a tool and coupled with her borderline obsession with all things Walker, she created this almost God-like worship of Coach that she started to confuse as something more. Like that could have been the impetus for Shea realizing how much she had no life and identity outside of Walker. Maybe Griffin could have started the book with the wife being dead for years and Shea making an inappropriate pass on the Coach who rightly turns her down. That could have been an interesting story. But no, I think we were really supposed to think their "love" was genuine and their romantic feelings real.
Except I almost got the sense that by the end, even Griffin couldn't buy what she was trying to sell which is why the whole "relationship" basically amounted to one awkward kiss, then another awkward intimate moment Lucy walked in on and then the Coach putting the brakes on things and then a 5 minute resolution at the end where Lucy is suddenly all fine and Shea and Coach share one brief awkward kiss. Compare that with the passion and romance of so many of Griffin's other pairings. It's like she sat and went "yeah even I can't buy this..." but still wrote a rushed half-hearted ending to put something out, thinking it would be a "shocking" relationship to the readers. There were many different ways this story could have worked. She could have had his wife be dead for years. The relationship would have still been creepy but at least not be creepy and callous as it seemed with the man's wife barely cold in her grave.
Honestly, I almost feel like Griffin just got lazy with this book and maybe she's slipping to the point where she's just interested in shilling something out for her editors and make some bucks but not really interested in telling a really good story. I started having this feeling from Where We Belong, her last book which I thought seemed a little rushed at points. But still, I at least liked the characters in Where We Belong so I still enjoyed the book. This was just a big ol' mess though. Even before getting the creepy relationship vibes with Shea and the Coach, I was struggling to get through the book because Shea was just not a very interesting and compelling protagonist on any level. When reading a book, I like having characters where I think "I would enjoy knowing this person if they were real" and even when they are awful, I can still enjoy how compelling their story is. Shea was neither compelling nor was she someone I would want to spend five minutes with if I knew her in real life.