I just can’t seem to stay away from the Emily Giffin novels for our Book Talks. I’m sure between Jess and I, we will soon have you informed of every Emily Giffin novel published. The One & Only is special to us since we received a signed copy of it from Emily Giffin herself!
In this novel, the main character, Shea Rigsby, lives in a small college town in Texas that is ran by football (which many of us can relate to, I’m sure), and she is best friends with the head coach’s daughter. Shea lives and breathes football herself, and stayed to attend college there. Even after graduating, she took a job with the university in the athletic department. Shea seems to be comfortable with her life and her mediocre boyfriend until an unexpected event happens that hits very close to home. Afterwards, Shea begins to wonder if she has chosen the right path and if it is even enough for her. She goes through many changes in her personal and professional life that cause her to have to make some very tough decisions, one that almost makes her lose her best friend, Lucy.
There were times while reading this book that I was so excited and giddy and then times I would think, “Are you serious??!!” I must say that I was a bit surprised with the ending, but to each their own, I guess. I also love how the “football talk” is used throughout the book. I remember listening to Emily, when Jess and I met her last summer, talk about doing lots of research for this book. She even consulted college football coaches, one being Pat Dye, Auburn University’s head football coach from 1981-1992. Giffin definitely keeps you on your toes with this one and really shows the meaning of following your heart and finding your passion.