The One and Only is the first book I’ve ever read by Emily Giffin. I’ve heard great things about all of her books and everyone kept pegging this one as a great ‘Summer Read’. It’s obviously almost autumn now but I still wanted to check it out.
I’ve actually heard mixed reviews about this book but was immediately drawn in by the southern feel and college football storyline. Being born and raised in South Carolina, I totally understand (and sometimes indulge in) the seriousness of the sport, but anyway).
I opted for this read as something much lighter contrasting The Fault in Our Stars, which I just finished.
I actually REALLY liked this book, even though I didn’t too much care for the main character (Shea); usually that is a deal breaker for me but I enjoyed it.
I’m usually reading fantasy-fiction, so this was the first book in a long time that read like it could actually happen. It’s also the first book I’ve read (I think, ever) where the characters were older than I am.
The characters were well developed and past-storylines were mixed into the novel SO well, which I really appreciated, especially how the information about Shea’s mom and dad came to be.
When I got to the middle of the book, I did, however think that the book was longer than it needed to be. I felt like the story could have been wrapped up in less time, especially with the way that it ended. I changed my mind after reading the last chapter and realized why it kind of needed to be stretched out.
Like I said, I usually can’t connect with books when I don’t like the main character, but I loved to hate Shea. She was irresponsible and self-centered and I found myself just wanting to talk some sense into her. I’m all about ‘true love prevailing’, but falling in love with your best friend’s DAD? Less than a year after the passing of your best friend’s mom? Your best friend’s mom, who’s also best friend’s with YOUR mom? Seriously? Do you know how many people you’ve just portrayed?
I disliked the fact that Shea found everyone to be unreasonable about NOT approving of her to date her best friend’s dad, who was likely twice her senior. Before knowing that Ryan James was abusive, I found myself getting mad at Shea for choosing to go to the bar, getting drunk, opening a tab, flirting with her ex-boyfriend and drunk-dialing coach rather than calling her then-boyfriend, Dallas Cowboy Quarterback right before the big game.
And I definitely couldn’t believe she resigned from her dream job because of her ‘undying love’ for coach.
Shea Rigsby was insane, but not insane enough for me not to enjoy the book. It was an easy read, and (for the most part) relaxing. If you can’t stand football talk, however, you might want to steer clear of this book.
I also wish that Gordon’s (her co-worker from the Dallas Post) character was more developed. A part of me thought that she might have ended up with him after getting over Coach and Ryan.
Now that I’ve read this Emily Giffin book, I’m ready to explore some others. What are your favorites?
If you read The One and Only, what do YOU think about the book?