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All We Ever Wanted Book Club Questions

Emily Giffin's All We Ever Wanted is the perfect choice for your next book club meeting. These All We Ever Wanted book club questions will help you lead a discussion about this exciting new novel.



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Sometimes a book will cause a real buzz in our online book club. Emily Giffin's All We Ever Wanted is one of those books. It was a book that many of our members couldn't put down, and were ready to discuss weeks before our online meeting.

In All We Ever Wanted, the author of Something Borrowed and First Comes Love explores what happens when privilege and parenting collide, and how one decision can change everything.


Emily Giffin's All We Ever Wanted book club questions. All We Ever Wanted is a perfect book club read! Find book discussion questions for All We Ever Wanted here. #book #bookclub #reading #books

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin


Nina Browning is enjoying her life as a member of Nashville’s upperclass with her husband and Princeton-bound son, Finch. Single father Tom Volpe worked hard to send his daughter Lyla to a prestigious private school, but Lyla feels like she doesn’t always fit in with the elite of Nashville.

A party and a picture change everything for these two families, who must wrestle with trauma, telling the truth, and doing what's right.

Emily Griffin’s All We Ever Wanted is a contemporary novel that deals with the pertinent themes of wealth, privilege, sexual assault, family, and doing what’s right.


All We Ever Wanted Book Club Questions


1. Emily Giffin chose to use 3 narrators: Nina, Tom, and Lyla. How did this choice affect the telling of the story? Which narrator did you relate to and why? Is there another character whose perspective you would have liked to have read?

2. How important is the role of class and setting in the story?

3. Do you agree with Melanie’s claim that mothers should always stand by their children, no matter what? Discuss the ethical dilemma parents face when their children do something bad, and even unforgivable.

4. What role does race play in this novel, and how is it discussed?

5. Do you believe Finch was deserving of forgiveness by the end?

6. Do you think Finch should have received a harsher punishment? Discuss how power and privilege influenced his punishment.

7. What do you think the overall message of this novel is? How do you feel it relates to the current climate and the #MeToo movement?

PS - click here for an interview with Emily Giffin on this subject.


Want more book club questions? Click here for a list of 10 discussion questions that work for any book!



Join Our Online Book Club


Our online book club is called Mom's Book Nook but you don't need to be a mom to join. This book club is open to anyone who has a love of reading and is looking for a flexible, fun book club schedule.


Be sure to answer the 2 questions when you request to join. It's a way for us to get to know what kind of books you'd like to read in the future and make sure you're not a robot.

You can join in on our discussion on All We Ever Wanted, jump in to one of our previous chats, or start your own conversation about any book you'd like to discuss. We make it easy for busy moms to connect over great books and fun conversation.

Check out our entire 2019 Book Club Line Up Below

Here's what we will be reading in 2019. Click each cover to learn more about these titles.











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