Author: Emily Giffin
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Goodreads: Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton. Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she’s strayed from the person she once was.
Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville’s most prestigious private school.
Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn’t always fit in—and her overprotective father doesn’t help—but in most ways, she’s a typical teenaged girl, happy and thriving.
Then, one photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame.
At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together—all questioning their closest relationships, asking themselves who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning.
Ope’s Opinion: This is not the typical Emily Giffin book ( certainly not what I was expecting to read on the airplane ). She attempted to tackle too many issues and tiptoed around all of them. I don’t think she wanted to offend anyone, so she didn’t really face the issues head on.
While I was reading, the story kept my attention, but after I was done, I was disappointed.
** Trying to state my opinion without giving away any spoilers. The characters were not made accountable for their actions – what kind of message does that send? The ending just glossed over what happened as if no one was hurt in the process. There wasn’t any justice.
I will think twice next time about spending the money on a Giffin book.