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What I’ve Been Reading #97

Friday, October 16, 2015


Quite a long time ago, I read and loved Something Borrowed and Something Blue by Emily Giffin. When browsing the library shelves, I realized that I had not yet read The One & Only and I checked it out immediately. "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 & 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." There is a lot of football in this book. A lot. But I didn't have a problem with it! I definitely think that a football fan would love this book more than a regular reader, but that's not to say that non-football fans will not like it. I enjoyed the conflicts in the book - the things that made Shea question everything she's ever known and believed in - and I was happy with how those conflicts were resolved.This is a different book to anything I've ever read before, and that in itself made it enjoyable.

What have you been reading lately?