Review: All You Never Wanted by Adele Griffin

Published: 2013
By: Penguin Random House
Audio Publishing Group
Source: Borrowed
Format: Audiobook
Length: 6 hrs., 40 mins.
ISBN:  9780804123815

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This book was seriously eerie. Not even in a good sense that leaves goosebumps across your skin, but more in a way that you fear the next this to happen. Although this story has a nice happy ending, it’s definitely not the way I could’ve imagined it to end.

The story jumps between two perspectives: 1) Alex, the older sister, and 2) Thea, the younger sister. Although they’re only a couple of years apart, they are both suffering. After their mother remarried to a well-off business man who was able to provide everything they will ever need, he also enabled failure in the girls.

He purchased an opportunity of a life-time for Alex, as an intern for a high fashion company, where she is embarrassed beyond belief and for the months that followed her short-stinted position, she has changed. Her boyfriend, Josh, and Thea don’t know what happened. Her best friends do not know what happened. Alex has locked herself up within herself.

Although it’s never truly discussed until the end, Thea suffers from abandonment issues. More likely starting with her biological father who ignored his family, and then her mother once she remarried. Once Alex distanced herself from the rest of the family after her position at Haute, Thea was lost and needed to constantly feel accepted. She turned into a brat. A compulsive lying brat. To which, by the end, you couldn’t possibly imagine that she’d allow herself to dig herself into a hole so deep that being abandoned should be the last thing on her mind.

This story is scary. It deals with issues that naive adults would never consider a child or teen to go through, or why. Albeit, at the beginning of this review, I said that I imagined a happily ever after thing, I was also expecting much worst. I’m not too sure what I truly expected, but it wasn’t that.

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Library Tech grad who is currently working on a BA in Political Science and filling all her time with books.
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