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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (469 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sara Shepard Narrator: Coleen Marlo Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Sara Shepard delivers the perfect read….A brilliant storyteller.”
—Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Very Valentine and Brava, Valentine

“[Written] with unflinching honesty and unstinting compassion.”
—Jacquelyn Mitchard, author The Deep End of the Ocean

“This riveting, provocative and well-crafted family drama surprised and delivered at every turn. I could not put it down.”
—Sarah Mlynowski, author of Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)

Sara Shepard, the bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars, delivers a powerful novel of family dreams, lies, and delusions.  Everything We Ever Wanted begins with a phone call with allegations that rock an upper crust Philadelphia family to its very foundations, unlocking years of secrets and scandals that expose the serious flaws in outwardly perfect lives. A moving, intelligent, and unforgettable novel, Shepard’s Everything We Ever Wanted is exceptional contemporary women’s fiction that will be embraced by book clubs everywhere.

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  • “Sara Shepard delivers the perfect read…A delicious story loaded with mysterious twists and turns and a vault of secrets that will keep you turning pages long into the night. Sara is a brilliant storyteller.”

    Adrian Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of The Shoemaker’s Wife

  • “With unflinching honesty and unstinting compassion, Sara Shepard tells the story of a proud family who, with the best intentions, must face the hypocrisy of the past or lose any hope for saving the future.”

    Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean

  • “[An] expertly rendered novel of family dysfunction…As Shepard moves through time and shifts between the perspectives of her main characters, the inner lives of the Bates-McAllisters resonate more than the actual plot. Readers will respond as this family grapples with their many long-held secrets.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Explores the complexity of family dynamics and heritage…Shepard delves deeply into the differing emotions and moods aroused by family conflict.”


  • “The strings are so tightly laced around this family that they are bound to break—when they do, old secrets reap surprising results…Shepard has crafted a fine characters study on the repressed lives of the American elite.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This riveting, provocative, and well-crafted family drama surprised and delivered at every turn. I could not put it down.”

    Sarah Mlynowski, author of Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have)

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Hillary Peters | 2/18/2014

    " I love Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series, the "Everything We Ever Wanted" was disappointing because of her writing and not what I thought it would be. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Brian | 2/3/2014

    " I started off really liking this book. I never got into pretty little liars but I was willing to give ms Shepard a chance on her adult book. The premise is that a coach has a student commit suicide and hazing is suspected. Did Scott know about it? This book had very unlikable characters and a plot that is pretty pointless. I enjoyed the first 150 pages and found it to never go anywhere. I had 30 pages left and was still waiting for the plot to get better. It never did "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Holly | 1/31/2014

    " Another semi-depressing story with complicated family issues & drama. I think I should just stock to the PLL & Lying Games series by Shepard. Those books live up to my expectations & keep me wanting to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Wendy | 1/28/2014

    " Sara Shepard, author of the YA Pretty Little Liars Novels, tries her hand at an adult novel "Everything We Ever Wanted." In my opinion, she needs to stick with what she does best. This novel fell flat and was a very frustrating predictable read. Sylvie is a recently widowed mother of two who receives a late night phone call from the head master of the private school that her grandfather owns. One of the wrestlers is found dead succumbed to what looks like a form of hazing. They think that her son Scott is involved somehow. This event throws everything Sylvie knows into chaos breaking social bearers. Overall, just an okay read for me. Received courtesy of Net Galley. 2 1/2 stars. "

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