The One & Only by Emily GiffinThe One & Only by Emily Giffin

The One & Only

byEmily Giffin

Hardcover | May 20, 2014

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In her eagerly awaited new novel, beloved New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin returns with an extraordinary story of love and loyalty—and an unconventional heroine struggling to reconcile both.
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.
EMILY GIFFEN is the author of six New York Times bestselling novels: Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love the One You’re With, Heart of the Matter, and Where We Belong. A graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law, she now lives in Atlanta lives with her husband and three young child...
Title:The One & OnlyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.53 × 6.32 × 1.43 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385680422

ISBN - 13:9780385680424

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites One of my Favourites from Emily Giffin but I do understand the reviews. As someone who enjoys sports myself, this one hit close to home (more or less of course), and I really enjoyed reading this book. One of my go-to's if I'm having a rough week or month.
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK Not her best but still an enjoyable read. I just love her books.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful!! Adore all things Emily offers....and this was no exception..a truly lovely love story!
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not great Normally I enjoy Emily Giffen's books but like others have already said, this one is definitely not one of her best
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good by Not Favorite ** spoiler alert ** I've given this book a 4 instead of 5 because I found at the start it was more about football and facts than characters. But by the end it was totally different and I could really relate and see the people in this book as just that and not characters. The only others reason it didn't get a 5 was because of the abuse stuff. It felt contrived and stereotypical. I do really hope to see these characters again though.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Slow It was a slow read and I had to keep putting it down and going back to it later. It falls flat compared to her other well written books.
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst ever.. This is a typical romance novel, it has no character development and just not interesting.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I love Emily Giffin, but really didn't fall for this one. I found it hard to relate to and wasn't really rooting for the main character as is typical. The further I got into the book the more I was longing for a surprise twist that would change events to my liking, but unfortunately that didn't happen. If you like Giffin, give it a try, but keep expectations low.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Spring/fall romance with a heavy does of College Football - Dri-FIT Shirt Romance. Emily Giffin tackles some difficult subjects, as in her novel "Heart of the Matter". WIth this novel, I couldn't really feel for the characters. Here's an uncomfortable romantic scene: “I forgot where we were and what had happened to lead us to this moment and just focused on kissing him. I tasted him and touched him, feeling his cropped hair and his warm neck and the muscles in his shoulders and back straining through the thin material of his Dri-fit shirt." That's romance! Dri-fit shirt romance! The protagonist does quickly and efficiently curtail an abusive relationship with a boyfriend. Interesting read for an absolute fan of Emily Giffin. I'd recommend starting with her Borrowed & Blue novels.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not her best It was hard to get into this novel by Giffin, it was not one of her best.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the best, but you have to read them all! This was certainly not my favourite read. I found the story to be slow to develop, and predictable. If this is your first Emily Giffin book that you are thinking of reading, put it back and grab something else! Get hooked before reading this. She is a great writer, and I will read any and everything she writes, just not into this one!
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK It was a great story, but it moved a little slow. I'm a huge fan of Emily Giffin, but this one fell a little flat for me. I don't regret reading it, but it is certainly not her best work.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not as good as her other books it was okay but i definitely preferred her other books better.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good book! Excellent book and well written! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not like her others I usually enjoy Emily Giffin's novels, but this one seemed lacking in all things Giffin. Maybe next one will be better.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No thanks I generally enjoy how Emily Giffen writes and her books are just right when I am looking for something lighter. This book however was just... aggravating. I couldn't stand the characters which was disappointing as I had high hopes when I started reading, I like football but wow there was way too much about it in this and the ending felt rushed, although I was kind of happy to be done with it relatively quickly. I could go on but I don't want to give anything away.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Anything by Emily Griffin is a sure hit! Perfect summer read that's great for by the pool with a glass of bubbly or sparkling water!
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great one by Emily! I have had this book for quite a while now, I loved it and had my mother borrow it, she loved it as well! A heart warming story.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful A heartwarming book to read.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not for this one I prefer the Two & Lonely.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great heartfelt book Loved the characters and how they were realistic and full people.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book I really enjoyed Giffin's books and this one was just as good. Heart felt and funny with some deep truths
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Not your typical "girly" book, which is why I probably loved it so much! Yes, there's a lot of talk about football, but it's not like you're watching TSN or anything! It's a love story about a woman who falls for someone she probably didn't think she should have, but it's beautiful, touching and exciting! Great book :)
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpected I like that Emily Giffin writes about relationships that are unconventional or controversial. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ick I love Griffins books but I felt dirty reading about a girl and her best friends father....... ick
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not everyone's cup of tea I understand why people don't like this book, but I didn't mind it. I found it to be a respectful take on a tough subject.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love Emily Giffen all her books are fantastic ! I love Emily Giffen all her books are fantastic !
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Giffin's best I struggled to get through this book even though I usually find Emily Giffin's books an easy enjoyable read. Too much sport and weird relationships!
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I usually love Emily Giffin's book. I was very excited when I bought this one. However, I was very very disappointed as it was not at all what I expected. I did not like the relationship between the girl and the Coach and found it hard to even understand why it was happening. Also, there was way to much sports talk in this book.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Really loved the characters. Couldn't put it down
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite MY favourite of her books so far... Really liked the characters
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The one and Only This is not typical book by Emily Griffin. Also, not it is not a situation you would understand. Overall, I still found it to be a good read.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Emily Giffin is one of my favourite authors and I found this book to be easy and a little different from her previous work. There were times that it made me feel a little uncomfortable (spoiler) the relationship with her best friends dad was hard to wrap my head around, but at the same time it was this relationship that made me continue to read because it was different.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Huge Disappointment! I completely adored Something Borrowed and Something Blue by Emily Giffin, and after reading those two for the first time a couple of years ago, I was highly convinced that I had discovered a new favorite author. However, ever since those two I've found myself a tad underwhelmed by Ms Giffin's work, and that's the most evident with this particular book. I know that part of my issue with this book is my own fault since sports are definitely not my thing, but I've read books before where they played a part and still enjoyed it, here however the football talk just goes on and on and on and it was really hard to force myself to stay interested in this. Also, I personally found the whole father figure romantic relationship to be really weird, and I just wasn't a fan of that at all. Overall this book just wasn't what I was expecting, and I would personally recommend reading Something Borrowed and Something Blue by her instead.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The One & Only I was expecting a lot more from this book. I was a little disappointed. Not one of her better books.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Did not disappoint! Easy and quick to read! Had previously read others by the same other and was happy to pick this one up!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too much football This wasn't her worst novel, there is definitely a lot of football references that I skimmed through because they made zero sense to me. I have to hand it to her for doing her research to make the details authentic. As a chick lit novel, I don't think all the football talk intrigued most of the readers. If I wanted to talk football, I wouldn't read an Emily Giffin novel. Overall, the story was okay. The relationship with Coach is creepy to me. We see the narrators perspective but we don't get to see how Coach starts to fall for her. It seems unrealistic he'd start falling in love with a girl that is essentially his daughter. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I feel bad for not enjoying it. This was a little disappointing. First of all, too much football talk. If I wanted sports, then I'd listen to my husband going on about it. I mean, it's not totally the author's fault. It's clear that football was a thing in this book but HOLY COW, if she was trying to break out of women's fiction and attempting to connect with male readers, then she should have gone under another pseudonym. This was not what I as an Emily Giffin enthusiast wanted. Then, throw in the weird romance between a young lady and her best friend's father...nope! I was uncomfortable just reading it and it was a miss in every aspect- the plot, the characters... No one is memorable and thank God because I really don't want to remember any of them. We meet several people and all are either bland or annoying...the dead woman they keep talking about made more of an impact. Crossing my fingers her next book won't be this lackluster. I just downloaded First Comes Love because I'll always give Giffin a chance, but you won't miss not reading this one.
Date published: 2016-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2015-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! This book is an easy read that you are sure to enjoy! Emily Giffin has created great stories and is worth checking out!
Date published: 2015-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I could not put this book down. Although a slow start, it's a really great read about family and relationships and what happens when they're tested. The ending was abrupt but other than that I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2015-05-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unbearable This was an awful book. I read maybe the first 50 pages and was bored to tears. I am taking the book back. I have loved all of Emily's other books but this one was almost unreadable. It doesn't draw you in. It feels hollow. Too much talk of football with little point to it.
Date published: 2015-05-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The One and Only Initially a good premise, but overblown with sport information and unlikely scenarios. Introduction of estranged family into the mix appeared unlikely - and sudden reconciliation between father and daughter seemed unlikely - particularly with the issue of the age gap. Skipped over many pages.
Date published: 2015-03-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not as good as her other books This was pretty dull....didn't pull me in like her previous novels. Not her best work. Don't recommend it.
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This was one of the worse books I've read in months! The only reason I'm reading this book now is that it's all I have to read. Too much football and all the rest is very predictable. Wish I had read the reviews first!
Date published: 2015-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as good as her other books.... I loved this book.. however it took me a bit to get into it. I didn't find it as intriguing as her other novels. The end was kind of..... dull. Not what I expected from Emily!
Date published: 2015-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couln't put this book down I LOVED The story line. I really couldn't put this book down. I read it in two days.. even brought it with me to work so I could read every time I had a free moment. The book made me feel excited and I couldn't wait to read what would happen next. I'm a sucker for romance :)
Date published: 2015-01-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Losing her touch?!?! I have been a longtime fan of Emily and have read all of her books. I have found with the last two books that I am no longer enjoying her storytelling. I found this new book to take far too long to engage the reader and once they did it was put to halt too soon and the ending fell flat. Some of the storylines seemed like space fillers and added no value to the plot. It's highly unlikely that I will purchasing any further novels from Emily Giffin. I've been disappointed for the last two times.
Date published: 2014-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy and breezy The book itself kept me interested. During the day I found myself wanting to crack it open and just get a few more pages in. But as I've said, this is my type of book. If you hate stereotypical romantic comedy tropes, this is not the book for you. But if you love them then dive right in. It's a nice book to just curl up with and read for easy access.
Date published: 2014-11-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The One & Only Loved the story, was uninterested in the long drawn out heavy football references as I am not a football fan.
Date published: 2014-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not sure I found the book a little awkward, I guess it's just because I can't ever picture myself falling for someone two decades older than me..
Date published: 2014-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved! Interesting to see so many negative reviews on this book; I loved it, and actually felt rather disappointed when it ended. I wanted to hear more about the characters! I've read all of Emily Giffin's books, and have thoroughly enjoyed each one. Give this one a chance...!
Date published: 2014-10-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed! I struggled to finish this book! I agree with the other reviews, the characters were not engaging, the relationships were random and just plain weird, and nothing really happened! I couldn't get into it but stuck it out because I thought it would get better. It didn't. The description doesn't speak to how much of the book is about football, and even so, it was not a good read. Would not recommend!!!
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great novel Great read. Enjoyed the story even though I'm not a fan of football
Date published: 2014-08-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too much football I love Emily Griffin's woek but this book was way beyond my football knowledge and way more than I ever wanted to know about football. I felt that it ovwr shadowed the actual story and I would quick read past all the football references. The story is great I hust dont think this one was for me!
Date published: 2014-08-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't bother Horrid. Predictable girl-abandoned-by-her-father-falls-in-love-with-father-figure story line. Won't even get into the problematic subplot reinforcing stereotypes re. sexual violence. So disappointing from an author whose work I have loved in past.
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something new from the author All of you who are fans of her other books will enjoy this one - but in an unexpected twist fans of sports focused stories and football will love this too! A very pleasant surprise!
Date published: 2014-07-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible I wish I had never purchased this book. I do love Canadian football, but not college/American football. I'm stuck on Chapter 7 hoping this book would get better but it doesn't. It is boring. It is not a nice summer read. I'm donating this book to a charity in the hopes they can raise some money. I wasted mine and I'm not amused. I won't be buying her next book. I'm really soured on her writing. I had to give it a rating, but I didn't want to. There is no zero!
Date published: 2014-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad Definitely a book for anyone who loves football. Good description of conflicts within the story among friends and family.
Date published: 2014-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The one and Only - very good I just could not put it down.. 1st I love sports and love loyalty and this just hit home for me. I did feel a bit nervous about who her one and only was but at the end, everybody needs to be happy. Great Story, will probably read it again
Date published: 2014-06-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not her best work Emily has been a favourite author of mine forever but this book was a bit of a let down. Totally predictable from start to finish. Hard to connect with the lead character and not overly likeable.
Date published: 2014-06-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not so good I really loved the authors first two books but since then, her books are getting progressively worse in my opinion. Maybe if I was more into sports I would like it? She is supposed to be a chick lit writer, no need for so much football in a chick lit book!
Date published: 2014-06-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Don't Waste Your Time As my review title says, don't waste your time reading this book. I am a fan of Emily Giffin (have even met her at a book signing), so I was excited to read her new novel. It was such a boring plot, most of the time dragging about football, which to be fair, I have no interest in. I didn't enjoy the non-football aspects either. Of course, the main character gets what she wants in the end, which seemed an unrealistic reality. I wouldn't recommend it to others
Date published: 2014-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome summer read! Loved the book. Giffin explored a few topics that could some people may not be used to, but if she hadn't it would've been just like every other chick lit out there.
Date published: 2014-06-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing! I bought this book with my Mother's Day gift card--a real treat to buy hardcover. I was so disappointed with this read. The characters were not engaging, the plot was boring and, even for chick lit, there was no depth to the book.
Date published: 2014-06-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not her best work and the gross factor I really have enjoyed her past works but I just couldn't get into this book. It wasn't about the theme of football but the character and relationship that was established between the characters. It wasn't the older man thing but more-so who he was - I just kept cringing. I just couldn't relate and I kept putting it down.
Date published: 2014-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The one and only A good summer read
Date published: 2014-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The One and Only Really enjoyed this book. The pace was brisk and before you it you were at the ending. Will read more of her work.
Date published: 2014-06-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not her best work I have read all of Emily Giffin's books and found this one the worst of them. I mean, I love her books. I found this one far from reality, couldn't relate at all. I mean I kept reading it because I was intrigued but not in an enjoyable way. It was an average read, light fluff but glad I got it from the library. I think I need to go read Something Blue and Something Borrowed again.
Date published: 2014-06-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Giffin's Strongest I am a big fan of Emily Giffin - have read everyone of her previous books. But I was a little disappointed with this one. I found the premise of the book to be a little far-fetched, and the storyline to be a bit predictable. An easy and quick book, but not the engrossing read that I have come to expect with Giffin.
Date published: 2014-06-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed! This book is 80% about football. I never read so much about the game and don't want to again. The characters and story took second place to Giffin's descriptions of the game and it's politics. Boring!
Date published: 2014-06-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The One & Only Thank goodness I got this book out of the library...very disappointing!!
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great summer read and I could not put it down. I have enjoyed every single book that Emily Giffin has written. However, sometimes, the author's novels become formulaic. When I picked up "The One & Only", I did not know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. The character, Shea, was likable and Emily really conveyed the struggle and heartache throughout the novel. I could not put down the book, and kept reading to find out what happened. I recommend it for a summer beach read!
Date published: 2014-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The One & Only This was by far her best book. I enjoyed the read.
Date published: 2014-05-29

Editorial Reviews

“Emily Giffin is a talented writer who always comes up with a plot that is just a bit different than anything others are writing about at the time. . . . She also has a knack for creating a variety of characters and making them all feel fully developed. Plus she can add twists and turns to her plot without breaking the rhythm of her writing or its believability. . . . Find a shady spot; get a cool drink, and just luxuriate in the joy of a book well written.” —Huffington Post “Emily Giffin’s specialty is writing about relationships, especially when they are messy and complicated. . . . The One & Only is one to read.”—The Washington Post“Emily Giffin is known for telling a good love story. . . . The One & Only is no exception.”—Metro“Chicklit powerhouse Emily Giffin’s playful prose will draw you in, and the hot-and-heavy make-out scenes don’t hurt either. . . . The One & Only embraces, then promptly breaks all the stereotypes.” —Chatelaine