The One & Only by Emily Giffin

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I finished a book, I finished a book!! My goodness, it’s only taken me 2 months to finally read a whole book. I’ve returned a few books to library without even opening them, but not anymore! I decided to make a change and commit to reading 40-50 pages per day, and what a difference it’s made! I obviously love reading, so it was no big thing to curl up in my comfy chair and read until my heart’s content. I’m so happy to be reading consistently again. Oh, the joy of small changes!

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Not sure what my reading hiatus was all about, but I’m sure glad it’s passed. Maybe it just took a real good book to pull me out of a funk—The One & Only by Emily Giffin, to be exact. I’ve read of her books and have LOVED them all. As in, seriously can’t get enough. I’m sure you have an author that tickles your fancy too, right?! Well, spill—who is it? I’m always up for a good book recommendation.

So, let’s cut to the chase. The One & Only is about Shea, a thirty-something year old living the small-town life in Walker, Texas, a college town where everything revolves around football. Her best friend is Lucy, the daughter of the head coach for Walker football. A man who pretty much helped raise Shea, in the absence of her own father. Needless to say, they live in a close-knit community.

Following the death of Lucy’s mother, Shea begins to question a few things in her life. Is her boyfriend the right one for her? Should she leave Walker? Is she beginning to have feelings for someone she maybe shouldn’t have feelings for? She ends up making a few changes, including breaking up with her boyfriend she’s been dating for a few years, and taking a job in Dallas as a sports writer, which is her dream job.

She also begins dating the star quarterback for Dallas, but their relationship turns unhealthy after a short time together. So, as that relationship ends, Shea begins to embrace her feelings for someone she’s very close to even though she knows her mom and Lucy will disapprove. You love who you love, right?

I won’t reveal the name of Shea’s new certain someone because I don’t want to ruin the book for you. You’ll figure it out in no time! Their new relationship is not without its ups and downs, a secret or two, and a few tears.

At the end of the day, this book is about taking chances and finding yourself. It’s about the good, the bad, and sometimes even the ugly. It’s about going after what you believe in and following your heart, wherever it may lead you.

You know I love quotes, so here goes:

1. …I had vowed to get out of my rut, shake things up. I had certainly done that. I had changed everything.

I love this quote because, you know what, we all fall into a rut. No doubt about it. The big questions is always: “how do I get out of this rut?” I may or may not still be trying to figure this out…

2. Sometimes you get the bear. Sometimes the bear gets you.

This quote makes me laugh, mainly because I can see this little scenario in my head. But, it makes perfect sense, right?! In other words, you win some, you lose some.

3. Make things perfect for your family, never mind your own feelings.

I couldn’t disagree with this quote more. You should never neglect yourself or your feelings. You have every right to feel the way you feel, so embrace it. Pretending ≠ Reality

I really enjoyed this book and the journey it took me on, but I can’t say it’s my favorite Emily Giffin book. I know, I know…I said I’ve LOVED all of her books, and really, I did love this book, it just wasn’t my favorite. But, it’s definitely worth the read. As always, I cannot wait for her next book to hit the shelves!

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