Book Review: The One and Only by Emily Giffin


It’s been so long since I’ve done a book review that it kind of feels awkward at this point, but I love hearing your thoughts and recommendations on recent reads so what the heck, I’m going for it anyway.

I’ve been a fan of Emily Giffin for years so when I saw she had a new book coming out I was really excited to pick up a copy. Her style of writing is typically easy and entertaining and I knew I could look forward to settling down each night with a few chapters before falling asleep.


Brief Summary

The One and Only is a story told from the perspective of Shea Rigsby, a thirty-three-year-old sports reporter born and raised in the small college town of Walker, Texas. Coming from a troubled childhood, Shea spent most of her time growing up with her best friend Lucy, whose father is the head coach of Walker’s beloved football team.

After the tragic death of Lucy’s mother, things change for everyone, including Shea, as she begins to question her path in life. Along the way she is forced to face some of her deepest desires which could cost her some of the most important relationships in her life.

My Review {Without Spoilers}

The beginning did a great job grabbing my attention and keeping me intrigued as I continued to read. Also, because it’s written in first-person and doesn’t jump around to different time periods or characters, it made it easy for me to stay focused and enjoy the story.


Throughout the book, there was a significant amount of time spent discussing the details of college football which might be a turn off for some women. I wasn’t bothered by it though and it actually made me feel like I was reading about College Station, where Brandon and I lived before moving to California. The parallels between Walker and CS are undeniable {for example, the strong dislike for the University of Texas} and I began to wonder if that’s where Emily drew some of her inspiration from.

As I reached the middle to end of the the story, the direction for the main character became clearly evident. Without spoiling any of the details, the realization of where the story was headed was off-putting for me. I found myself struggling to understand Shea’s feelings and lost any sort of connection I felt prior to that point. It even started to give me a little bit of the heebie-jeebies. {translation: it felt creepy and weird}

With that said, I respect the message that Giffin was trying to portray <following your heart is not always easy and sometimes it means hurting others along the way>  but I don’t fully agree with the message or the storyline she used to convey it. Honestly, I was left with an empty feeling after I finished. I wouldn’t say it was a complete waste of time to read because she did hold my interest until the end but I can’t say that I would recommend it. Hopefully Emily’s got another good idea in her back pocket that will make up for this one because unfortunately, in my opinion, it was a miss.


Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it?

Have you read anything good lately that you can recommend?