Posted by Charlotte's Web of Books at 6:36 PM Labels: 2010, Library Book, Natrona County Challenge
All We Ever Wanted Was Everything is probably one of the most unique Chick Lit books I have ever read. A man cheating on his wife and leaving her, that is nothing new. How the spurned wife in this story handles her humiliation IS new. And that is what made this story such a unique story.
Janice Miller is blissfully unaware of her husband's transgressions. His company just went public, making them more money than they will ever be able to spend. Their oldest daughter owns and operates a magazine in LA and their youngest daughter is a productive member of her high school swim team. But everything falls apart when her husband, announces that he is leaving her. In *most* Chick Lit novels, this is where the heroine does the "I am woman hear me roar" bit. They pull themselves up by their bootstraps and go into survival mode. Janelle Brown went another direction with her heroine, though. She introduced her to Crystal Meth.
Margaret moves home at Lizzie's request and for awhile all three women are floundering in ways that make your heart ache. It isn't until a near tragedy occurs that Janice pulls herself out of her drug induced haze, but is it too late to save her daughters?
If it weren't for the serious subject matter, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything could almost be called a breath of fresh air. The direction the characters go is so completely different than what we are used to reading in Chick Lit novels of this type. It is far from fluffy, yet the way the family pulls together will most certainly warm your heart. Well done Janelle Brown, I look forward to reading more from you.