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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: October 2011 ISBN: 9780062099402
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dawn Martens | 1/23/2014

    " I liked Sara's other series, but this book just wasn't doing it for me... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/18/2014

    " Just finishef the book,it was different.took awhile to get into but by the end I realized what the message of the book was and was glad I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chenice | 1/17/2014

    " Arguably Shepards best book yet. I enjoyed the intensity of the issues described in the book and Sherpards ability to use very relevant situations including; class and social mobility barriers to create a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary | 1/6/2014

    " I enjoyed this book about a dysfunctional rich family whose members are all constantly misjudging each other. I wouldn't want to meet them in real life, but I liked the way that they developed and I thought it was very well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lyndsay | 12/14/2013

    " The author intertwines many family secrets in this novel but none of them get resolved. I was frustrated when it ended because I don't feel like she finished the plots she started. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cora Linn | 12/9/2013

    " It felt like nothing happened for the whole book - absolutely nothing. Very disappointing having read some of the authors other books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sierra W. | 5/4/2013

    " Sara Shepard needs to stick to writing about her Pretty Little Liars. This book was a bore. Highly disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 2/25/2013

    " (3.5 stars) I liked this, but not nearly as much as the Pretty Little Liars series. While it had the elements of a good story, there was something missing in the storytelling. It kind of felt like none of the characters really cared about their own situations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 11/12/2012

    " Took a very long time to actually get interested in reading this book. It gets better at the end and then there is no more to the story. Would have like her to elaborate more on the Scott character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie Haydu | 6/6/2012

    " I am so sorry this was my first read of 2012. I love Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game. Just because this is an adult book doesn't mean it should be so boring! It had nothing that I want. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pat Williams | 3/24/2012

    " Found it to be disjointed and just rather dull. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 1/22/2012

    " Confusing beginning--I almost gave up on it...Almost everything was resolved at the end. "

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About the Author
Author Sara Shepard

Sara Shepard is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series. Her first story ever, which she both wrote and illustrated, was about friendly yellow creatures that lived in a backyard garden. It won second prize at the State College, Pennsylvania, library and was bound and placed on the shelf. Shepard and her sister, Alison, have been creating many joint creative projects for years—claymation movies, art installations, and video game designs—based on a world they made up when they were six and nine years old. They’re pretty sure they’re the only ones who find the world funny, though.

About the Narrator

Coleen Marlo is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator who has been nominated for an Audie Award twice, winning in 2011. She has been awarded three Listen-Up Awards from Publishers Weekly and an AudioFile Audiobook of the Year Award in 2011 and was named Audiobook Narrator of the Year for 2010 by Publishers Weekly. She is a member of the prestigious Actors Studio and taught acting for ten years at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Marlo is a proud founding member of Deyan Institute of Voice Artistry and Technology.