Monday, January 12, 2015
The One & Only - A Book Review
I've read a TON, and I mean a TON of negative reviews about the book on Goodreads and a few other blogs, but I actually really enjoyed this book. Maybe it's just because I love football (although nowhere near as as much as the awesome main character, Shea) or maybe because Shea and I are in the same career area, but I had the hardest time putting this book down.
A quick synopsis from Emily Griffin's website:
Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.
But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.
Thoughtful, funny, and brilliantly observed, The One and Only is a luminous novel about finding your passion, following your heart, and, most of all, believing in something bigger than yourself . . . the one and only thing that truly makes life worth living.
Let me go ahead and warn you that there is a fairly inappropriate relationship in this book. One that apparently a lot of other readers couldn't get past, but I just kind of accepted it as a "you can't help who you love" kind of situation and found myself cheering for the relationship to work out!
I do have a few negative comments about the book, It kind of just...ended. A few of the big questions that arose, one being a big "omg, is something going to happen to the coach or Walker because of this investigation?!" weren't answered. And also, I was super disappointed that there wasn't a big love scene between Shea and who she ends up dating. I kept thinking "it's going to happen!!" and then it wouldn't. Don't leave me hanging Emily Griffin!
All in all, I'd give this book 3.5 stars - definitely worth checking out (especially if you're a football fanatic).