Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Review: All You Never Wanted by Adele Griffin

All You Never Wanted by Adele Griffin

Even when you can afford anything that money can buy, you can't have everything.  After living for years in a single-parent household where it was always a struggle to make ends meet, sisters Thea and Alex find themselves in the lap of luxury.  But all is not well.  From the outside, Alex appears to have it all: a pretty face, popularity, a gorgeous boyfriend, and acceptance at UMASS.  Younger sister Thea wants it all, and has the ambition to ensure that it does.  Underneath the glamorous facade, however, each sister is battling her own demons.

Mo' money, mo' problems.  Add in a twisted sibling rivalry in which compulsive lying, anorexia and social phobia play a part, and you've got yourself a fast-paced and entertaining read with some definite depth.  Told in the alternating voices of sisters Thea and Alex, Griffin has created a work of contemporary realistic fiction that is equal parts voyeuristic and suspenseful.  Each sister has benefited from their mother's remarriage, but the sudden change in circumstances has also taken them from a simpler life to one filled with unexpected challenges that have changed their self-perceptions and expectations.  Gritty. Honest. Hard to put down.

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