• All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

  • By: Janelle Brown
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (689 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A smart, comic pause-resister about a Silicon Valley family in free fall over the course of one eventful summer from the author of Watch Me Disappear and Pretty Things.

When Paul Miller’s pharmaceutical company goes public, making his family IPO millionaires, his wife, Janice, is sure this is the windfall she’s been waiting years for - until she learns, via messengered letter, that her husband is divorcing her (for her tennis partner!) and cutting her out of the new fortune.

Meanwhile, 400 miles south in Los Angeles, the Millers’ older daughter, Margaret, has been dumped by her newly famous actor boyfriend and left in the lurch by an investor who promised to revive her fledgling post-feminist magazine, Snatch. Sliding toward bankruptcy and dogged by creditors, she flees for home where her younger sister Lizzie, 14, is struggling with problems of her own. Formerly chubby, Lizzie has been enjoying her newfound popularity until some bathroom graffiti alerts her to the fact that she’s become the school slut.

The three Miller women retreat behind the walls of their Georgian colonial to wage battle with divorce lawyers, debt collectors, drug-dealing pool boys, mean girls, country club ladies, evangelical neighbors, their own demons, and each other, and in the process they become achingly sympathetic characters we can’t help but root for, even as the world they live in epitomizes everything wrong with the American Dream.

Exhilarating, addictive, and superbly accomplished, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything crackles with energy and intelligence and marks the debut of a knowing and very funny novelist, wise beyond her years.

©2008 Janelle Brown (P)2008 Books on Tape

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The Perfect Life Ain't So Perfect

I really enjoyed this book. A moving story of how a Mom and her two daughters deal with their own personal issues as well as a family crisis. All three face what measures success and how other people's opinions truly shape our lives. This book makes one think about what is and isn't important in their life and the things we thought were, might not really be. Real life gone wrong and somehow made right again in a surprising way. You won't be disappointed!

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  • KC
  • 08-13-20

It’s a book about nothing

So what’s is this book about? Nothing. Nothing happens.. absolutely nothing happens the entire book.. what a boring mundane story of three women who spend 14 hours of my life miscommunicating, hiding things from each other, and making bad decision and asking themselves rhetorical questions. What a waste of money this was...

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pretty good, sort of sad

It was okay. It held my attention. I really liked the narrator, especially since she had to narrate the three different perspectives of Mom, older sister and younger sister.

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So disappointed, I wanted to like it...but dull

What was most disappointing about Janelle Brown’s story?

Full of cliches, could not warm up to any of the characters...no wonder her husband left the family. I was not the least intrigued and had to make myself finish.

How could the performance have been better?

Story was dull

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from All We Ever Wanted Was Everything?

I would have added, not taken away, as it was down right boring.

Any additional comments?

wish I had not wasted a credit. I was looking for a new author to follow, did not find it here.

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  • 10-06-08

Whine, whine, whine....

this book is about three whining, complaining, self-obsessed women who basically jump to conclusions, throw fits and argue for hours and hours on end. Storyline is a downer. It was like pulling teeth to get through this one.

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Horrible characters

Every single character in this book is selfish, idiotic and incredibly unlikable. They repeatedly make frustratingly bad decisions (or lack of decisions) throughout almost the entire book. I didn’t care for the affect of the narrator but it’s hard to tell if it was her fault or if it’s just because the characters were so bad? That said, I was mildly entertained - like watching a train wreck. But was not sad when the book was over.

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Just O.K.

Held my attention, but just barely. The characters weren't easy to root for and it was too long. I finished it, but can't say that it stuck with me when it was over. It wasn't bad, but there are much better books out there.

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ho hum

Started out with promise and then it just seemed to drag and drag. After that it just abruptly ended!

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Wasn't the great

The story line was tedious the mothers addiction went on and on so boring. The little girl Lizzys voice was just annoying sing song and like a 5yo.

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Well performed. Bad story

Do not waste your money. The plot is worthless. Just depression. Do not waste your time.

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