Everything We Ever Wanted by Sara ShepardSylvie Bates-McAllister is a wealthy widow and mother of two grown sons. When she gets a phone call that her younger son Scott may be involved in a hazing scandal at the private school where he coaches wrestling and she is on the board, she and her family are thrown into a panic.
I thought this book moved way too slowly and had a lot of moments that were supposed to be very dramatic that didn’t feel authentic to me. Everyone got worked up about the hazing scandal way too quickly – one phone call and everyone went nuts without knowing any details at all – before any formal investigation or charges were brought. An autopsy on the boy that died hadn’t even been done.
The characters were all very one-dimensional, especially Scott. Sylvie and her late husband adopted Scott when he was a toddler. He is biracial (African-American and white) and Sylvie and the rest of the family are white. Scott’s character is such a stereotype of the urban, angry black man that I was actually angry myself (at the author) as I was reading the book. I think (and hope) that the author’s intent was to show that he was more than that on the inside but that no one gets to know him well enough to figure that out. However, if that was indeed her intent, she did not do a very good job.
The story took a weird turn about three-fourths of the way in and some of the storylines were just dropped with no resolution at all. The way Sylvie’s storyline ended was totally out of left field and left me scratching my head.
Sara Shepard is also the author of the Pretty Little Liars series which I haven’t read but gather must be quite popular since it’s been made into a TV series. Only having read this particular book by Shepard, I can’t see myself reading any of her other books.
ALL WE EVER WANTED BY EMILY GIFFIN // 60 SECOND BOOK REVIEW
Everything we ever wanted / Sara Shepard.
Need a book to immerse yourself in while you travel for the long Thanksgiving weekend? Sara Shepard, the best-selling author of the Pretty Little Liars series, is back with an adult novel full of secrets and drama that will make your relatives look totally normal by comparison. In Shepard's latest book, Sylvie Bates-McAllister's son Scott is rumored to be involved in a hazing scandal at the school where he coaches, and it causes a rift throughout the family. For Syvlie, it means defending both her son and the school that her grandfather founded. Meanwhile, her other son Charles is dealing with the havoc that the scandal is wreaking on his marriage. And you thought your family had issues! Read on to find out why Shepard loves to construct characters whose dirty little secrets get them embroiled in monumental scandals:.
The only piece of information that Summer Davis takes away from her years at Peninsula Upper School — one of the finest in the Brooklyn Heights-to-Park Slope radius, to quote the promotional materials — is the concept that DNA defines who we are and forever ties us to our relatives. Uncertain of her path and unbalanced by conflicting impulses toward hope and escape, Summer stays close to her father while attending college, taking him to electro-shock therapy treatments and trying to make sense of his inscrutable past. From the backwoods of Pennsylvania to the brownstones of Brooklyn Heights, The Visibles investigates the secrets of the past, and the hidden corners of our own hearts, to find out whether real happiness is a gift or a choice. Sara Shepard, the bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars , delivers a powerful novel of family dreams, lies, and delusions. Everything We Ever Wanted begins with a phone call with allegations that rock an upper crust Philadelphia family to its very foundations, unlocking years of secrets and scandals that expose the serious flaws in outwardly perfect lives.