The One and Only by Emily Giffin



Thirty-three year old Shea Rigsby lives and breathes football in Walker Texas, and had been a super fan all of her life.  She grew up in this very town alongside her best friend Lucy Carr, whose father was the Head Coach for the Walker Team, and whose mother Connie was good friends with Shea’s mom.

When tragedy hits the Carr family, Shea finds her world turning upside down.  She starts to wonder about the feelings she is having for a man…. a man who just happens to be the father of her best friend.



I have read and enjoyed author Emily Giffin’s fun style of writing in the past.  Her characters are usually light and fun, and you know what fun you are in for with her books.

The one and Only is a different style for Emily Giffin.  At least, I should say, from what I have read of her books.  The One and Only dealt with a topic that I personally struggled with, and no, I don’t mean football.  😉

I had a hard time connecting with the book and the characters.  As a protagonist, I never connected with Shea, there was not much to her beyond football.  I don’t mind football books, but I never felt a connection to Shea or any of the characters for that matter.

The book is a fair read and I did finish it as I was curious about how it all would end. I listened to it on audio.  The narrator, Sophia Willingham was a great voice for the story and I enjoyed her narration.



  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (May 20, 2014)
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins





14 Comments on “The One and Only by Emily Giffin

  1. Oh crumb! I loved Emily Giffen’s Something Borrowed and Something Blue but nothing since. I was hoping this book would bring me back to her.

    • It felt like an odd story line to me although I tried to be open minded and embrace it. Without giving anything away the thoughts that come into my head are – too soon and too weird.

  2. thanks for sharing. It’s an author I have never felt attracted to, but I’m super picky and choosy!

  3. I have only liked a few of her books. “Where We Belong” and The Borrowed series were great reads. She is a talented writer and is clear and modern. However, some of the topics she has covered I wasn’t fond of so I stopped reading her.

    • I only think I have read one, maybe two other books from her and they were light and ok… not exceptional but not a turn off either. This one may have sealed the deal for me though…

  4. This was my first experience with Giffin and I felt pretty much the same way you did. I COULD relate to the football talk but I didn’t get Shea’s relationship with the coach at all. It seemed kind of icky to me.

    • Exactly. And *SPOILER ALERT to those who have not read the book: Too soon… his wife was not even gone a year… so too much age difference, the families were too close as the girls grew up (might have felt a little different if Shea wasn’t a close family friend’s daughter), and too soon.

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