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The One & Only: A Novel (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 20. Mai 2014

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  • 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: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 185.164 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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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

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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.

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Perfect pairing of reader and story for this tale of a young woman who was born and raised in a small Texas town. Narrator Sofia Willingham is from Austin, Texas, and there is just enough of a Southwestern lilt in her voice to give Giffin’s book in audio form a stamp of authenticity. Willingham reads as if she’s telling, as if she actually knew protagonist Shea Rigsby. A pleasure to listen!

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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I am glad I got to read this work. It is a brilliant piece of art that is well-written and with a superbly constructed story line. The characterization is excellent too and reminds me of Tanya in Splendid Comets. It is also informative. I like to come away from reading a book more informed. Kudos.
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A Rare Miss for Emily Giffin 22. Mai 2014
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The cover is not the only thing different about this book. It lacks the quality, realistic characters, and masterful character development that fans of Emily Giffin's work have come to expect. I have enjoyed Giffin's other books and bought this the day it came out. I found it to be a major disappointment, and I had to force myself to finish it. What makes Giffin's books so enjoyable is that the characters and situations are usually pretty relatable. Even if you haven't personally had their experiences, you could have, or you almost did, or you know someone who has. I could not relate to this book or its characters at all - and I'm roughly the same age as the main character, from Texas, and very familiar with Texas football culture.

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.
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This book made me late for work this morning. 15. Juli 2014
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I'm a long-time fan of Giffin's work, but this was my favorite novel of hers, by far.

I loved this book, and reading it made me late for work this morning. I started the book yesterday afternoon, read throughout the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby and Celebrity softball game, stayed awake till 3 am reading, and woke up late but continued to read as I got ready for work this morning. I even tried to read in the shower but realized that I'd end up with a very wet book. Great pacing and characters.

It's rare to find a novel that combines so many of the things I love: sports, family dynamics, Texas, coming of age, strong female characters, and love. But your novel hit on all of those areas with excellence. From the first page, at Connie's funeral, till the end, I liked Shea and rooted for her. But wasn't perfect, which made me like her even more. She was flawed, which the best heroines are. But she always had the sincerity, humor, kindness, and passion for football that made her someone I'd like to hang out with in real life. If she were a real person, that is.

Coach Carr (I can't bring myself to call him Clive) was also amazing. Again, he wasn't perfect, but he was genuine, caring, passionate, and something about him was sexy as hell.

The only character who got on my nerves was Lucy. She won me over by the end of the novel, but throughout most of it, she was quite the selfish prima donna. However, I'm glad she and Shea were always there for each other.

Another winner for Emily Giffin
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Five Stars 11. Juli 2014
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Think this is one of Emily's best yet. Just loved the book and her characters,
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Intriguing Concepts Kept Me Reading 24. Mai 2014
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My thoughts on the book, no spoilers. This review also appears on Brooke Blogs.

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.
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The One & Only will win you over 10. Juli 2014
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I did not expect to fall in love with this book, just as Emily’s characters certainly did not plan to fall for each other, but it happened nonetheless. I’m not a sports fan and despite the Coach’s description as similar to George Clooney, I could never see him as anything but a portly older man in polyester pants. Yet when Emily gets to the “Heart of the Matter” (sorry, couldn’t help myself), the story is really about interpersonal relationships between family and friends and the people you fall in love with and can’t imagine life without. Fans of Emily who are not also sports fans just need to stick with it though the opening chapters of The One and Only and they will be rewarded with all the drama they seek. All the elements of a great novel are here: characters who surprise with unexpected layers of depth, frustrations of friendships and heartbreak, and that butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling you get just being able to share a conversation with your true love. This is another great story of unconventional love, because love is wherever you find it, and sometimes that’s between the pages of a book.
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