Book Review: The One and Only

Title:  The One and Only

Author: Emily Griffin

Pages: 413

Chapters: 46

This book takes you on a ride.  You get to know the main character Shea Rigsby, real quick.  She is described as an all-american girl, who is in her early-thirties.  The book is centered around her relationship with her family, her best friend Lucy, and Lucy’s Dad, Coach Clive Carr.

The story is based in a small town in Texas, known as Walker.  It has one of the most elite football programs in Texas, and Shea had found that it would become her everything.  Growing up spending so much time with Lucy, gave Shea that extra time to spend with her dad, Coach Carr, as well.  Shea quickly picked up on the plays and understood everything from the positions on the field, the playbook, any and all of the players on the field (every year).  She wasn’t like most girls who wanted to go shopping, or hang out with all the girls, all she wanted was to know any and everything about football.

In the beginning of the story, a tragedy occurred that changed the entire outlook of everyone involved in Shea’s life.  It made think her life was worth more than just staying at a minimum wage job, and that she should reach further and try harder to further her own career.  You see, everything that is football related, has been practically handed to her.  Everyone in town knew of her knowledge and knew she was the most qualified any job, sports related.

Throughout the story, it takes you on all the ups, and the many downs of what is to come of Shea Rigsby’s future.  Through her romantic life, to her friendships, down to her family dynamics, everything is changing right in front of her, and she quickly realizes that she doesn’t have the answers for everything.

I was really drawn from page 1 all the way to page 413, not wanting to find a place every night to bookmark my page. I lost many hours of sleep reading late into the night, but it was so worth it.  The end completely throws you for a loop and is nothing you anticipated/expected to happen.

I would highly recommend this book!