ARC Review: Everything We Wanted by Sara Shepard

Everything We Ever Wanted: A Novel
Release Date: October 11 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: ARC Paperback
Goodreads Synopsis:

A recently widowed mother of two, Sylvie Bates-McAllister finds her life upended by a late-night phone call from the headmaster of the prestigious private school founded by her grandfather where her adopted son Scott teaches. Allegations of Scott's involvement in a hazing scandal cause a ripple effect, throwing the entire family into chaos. For Charles, Sylvie's biological son, it dredges up a ghost from the past who is suddenly painfully present. For his wife Joanna, it forces her to reevaluate everything she's hoped for in the golden Bates-McAllisters. And for Scott, it illuminates harsh truths about a world he has never truly felt himself a part of.

But for all the Bates-McAllisters, the call exposes a tangled web of secrets that ties the family together: the mystery of the school hazing, the event that tore Charles and Scott apart the night of their high school awards ceremony, and the intended recipient of a certain bracelet. The quest to unravel the truth takes the family on individual journeys across state lines, into hospitals, through the Pennsylvania woods, and face-to-face with the long-dormant question: what if the life you always planned for and dreamed of isn't what you want after all?

My Thoughts:
I loved this novel. There was something so brutally honest about it that I was hooked. The raw emotion and passion coming off the pages was something inspirational.

A story of a family who has been wrought with scandal after scandal who manage to keep things together. A story that defines that life is in fact not greener on the other side. A person's life might look perfect but when you peel back those layers you will find the truth.

All families have their issues and Sara takes us on a journey of one families discovery that their love for one another will surpass anything.

I could not get enough of this book. Sara is an exceptionally talented writer who can write almost anything. I loved her character's. I thought Sylvie was a strong character. I loved reading and watching her grow right before my eyes. Scott was by far my favourite character. 

The years he has spent not feeling like he was apart of the family. Of feeling like things would have been easier if he was never adopted. When he goes to find out where he comes from he learns so much more about himself and his family.

Such a gripping novel with an emotional twist. Sara had me hanging onto her every word. I adore this novel and highly recommend it. 

I Give This 5/5 Hearts

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