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Review: The One & Only

August 14, 2014

The Only & Only

Thirty-three year old Shea Rigsby grew up in Walker, Texas, best friends with Lucy, the daughter of the college’s beloved football coach.   Shea works in the school’s athletic department and is passionate about Walker football.   When Lucy’s mother dies, Shea realizes she has feelings for Lucy’s father.  She doesn’t know if he feels the same way, though, so she doesn’t act on them.

Shea tries to move on with her life, accepting a new job as a sportswriter and dating the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.  Life is good but Shea realizes her heart is in Walker and she’s not sure what to do about it.

I’ve heard a lot about Emily Giffin‘s books so I was excited to read The One & Only.  The book started out strong for me – I loved and could relate to all the football references – but in the end, I thought it was just okay.  Since I’ve finished it, I’ve heard others say it wasn’t Giffin’s best book so I will definitely try more of her work.

I think my biggest issue with the book was the relationship between Shea and Coach Carter.  Shea grew up with his daughter so he should have been like a father figure to her.  After the death of the coach’s wife, they only had casual contact a few times, so I couldn’t figure out where her feelings for him came from.  As a matter of fact, they felt kind of icky to me.

I did enjoy Giffin’s light, breezy storytelling and thought her dialogue was terrific.  If you’ve read her work, what book would you suggest I try next?

The audio version of The One & Only is narrated by Sofia Willingham.  She started off on the wrong foot by pronouncing the author’s last name as Griffin.  Things did improve after that even though she went in and out of a mild Southern accent.  The audio is on 12 CDs and lasts approximately 13 hours.

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
23 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2014 9:22 am

    I’ve been curious about Giffin, too, and would appreciate the football aspect, but think I may start with a different title.

  2. August 14, 2014 9:59 am

    I think the love theme in the book would put me off.

  3. August 14, 2014 10:27 am

    I’ve heard great things about this author. I admit the very word “football” is a big turn off for me. It’s too bad this wasn’t better for you.

  4. August 14, 2014 10:29 am

    I was so excited by your first paragraph, and then let down by the rest! LOL Too bad – it does sound kind of close to the ick factor.

  5. Patty permalink
    August 14, 2014 10:37 am

    Yes! I loved her first works…but have not read her in a while.

  6. August 14, 2014 12:07 pm

    Too bad this one wasn’t one of the better ones. I’ve not read this author, myself.

  7. August 14, 2014 12:21 pm

    I’ve read several of her books, and Where We Belong is probably my favorite. I think I’ll pass on this one, however, since football is not something I enjoy…LOL.

  8. August 14, 2014 12:27 pm

    I have this one, but didn’t start it when I heard how big a role football plays in the plot. I’m just not into football. I do have a used paperback of one of her books on my shelf, Something Borrowed, which I might read just to see what all the hype is about. Thanks for a good and honest review.

  9. August 14, 2014 1:18 pm

    Thank you for sharing your honest thoughts about this one, Kathy. I think I’d prefer reading (or listening to) a different book by this author, due to the subject matter.

  10. talesofwhimsy permalink
    August 14, 2014 3:29 pm

    Oh that’s just weird. I agree. If you grew up with someone, you would never think of their dad as hot. Well unless you had some serious daddy issues. Blech. This one doesn’t sound for me. Thanks for your honest review.

  11. August 14, 2014 3:36 pm

    I do not know if I have read her books or not, ,maybe one long ago

  12. August 14, 2014 5:17 pm

    I have only read one of her books before and wasn’t impressed. This doesn’t sound like one that I should try. I might check out something else she’s written in the future though since her writing was good.

  13. August 14, 2014 6:12 pm

    I haven’t loved Giffin’s books. Interesting premise, kind of weird to go for your best friend’s father. Hmmm…

  14. August 14, 2014 6:51 pm

    That relationship sounds very icky to me too. I generally feel very put out by old-young relationships and find it hard to read books about that.

  15. August 14, 2014 8:57 pm

    i’ve never read Giffin and probably shouldn’t start with this one – what a strange way for a relationship to develop! and how weird that the narrator didn’t go back and re-record her mis-pronunciation! I think I’ll skip this one – thanks for your honesty!

  16. August 14, 2014 10:34 pm

    I’ve not read Giffin yet and this won’t be the one I start with, that relationship sounds too yucky.

  17. August 15, 2014 3:55 am

    I have only read Something Borrowed and Something Blue and really enjoyed both of them. I don’t know if this one calls to me though – but thanks for a great review!

  18. Beth F permalink
    August 15, 2014 10:30 am

    I think maybe I’ll start with a different book — I’ve been curious about Giffin

  19. August 15, 2014 7:50 pm

    Mmmmm hmmmmm. You know my thoughts on this one 😉

  20. August 15, 2014 7:57 pm

    Oh that scenario does sound icky! I am keeping an open mind though, and in fact have the audio from the library.

  21. August 16, 2014 10:07 am

    I’ve seen The One & Only around. It’s too bad it fizzled though.

  22. August 31, 2014 12:20 pm

    I’m surprised the editors didn’t catch that mistake with the author’s last name.

  23. Meg permalink
    September 20, 2014 9:53 pm

    I was OK with the mild southern accent, but the dreadful NOOOO YAAAAWKER accent for the stepmom was painful.

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