Friday, April 5, 2013

Book Review: "All You Could Ask For" by Mike Greenberg

All You Could Ask For Mike Greenberg
Published: April 2, 2013
ISBN-10: 0062220756
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: TLC Book Tours
Highly Recommended


Summary (from Amazon.com):

All You Could Ask For, debut novel by Mike Greenberg, cohost of ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning, is a tender and insightful story of friendship and love, heartbreak and renewal, played out in the lives of three unforgettable women.

Brooke has been happily married to her college sweetheart for fifteen years. Even after the C-section, the dog poop, the stomach viruses and the coffee breath, Scott always winks at her in just the right moments. That is why, for her beloved, romantic, successful husband’s fortieth birthday, she is giving him pictures. Of herself. Naked.

Newlywed Samantha learns of her husband’s cheating heart when she finds the goods on his computer.

High-powered career woman Katherine works with heartbreaker Phillip, the man who hurt her early on in her career.      
    
Brooke, Samantha, and Katherine don’t know each other, but their stories are about to intertwine in ways no one could have imagined.

And all three are about to discover the power of friendship to conquer adversity, the satisfaction of unexpected delights, the incredible difference one human being can have on other lives--and that they have all they could ask for, as long as they have each other.

My Thoughts:
I will admit that I was a little apprehensive going into this book. In my experience,  novels about women written by men tend to lean towards the unreadable side of the spectrum.  Luckily, All You Could Ask For bucked the trend. 

This novel is in essentially two parts.  The first half introduces the three women--Brooke, Samantha and Katherine--and illustrates where they are in their lives, fills in the back story for each character and sets the stage for what is to come.

At the start of the second part, all three women have been diagnosed with breast cancer, in varying stages.  Through an online community, Samantha meets both Brooke and Katherine and it is revealed well into this section that Brooke and Katherine knew each other when they were growing up.

While I was reading the first section, I found myself enjoying it, but not really sure where things were going as the 3 stories were completely unrelated.  However, I was over that by the time I got into the second section of the book and, in hindsight, I'm glad the first section was structured as such.

There are now actual "chapters" in this book and the point of view switches between the 3 women.  Normally, I would find this annoying.  However, Greenberg seems to have mastered the mini-cliffhanger, so you are always wanting to continue.  I have him to blame for several late nights while reading this book!

Brooke and Katherine are very well-constructed characters.  They are fully fleshed out and miss becoming stereotypes.  Samantha is less three dimensional and at times seems too good to be true.  However, I found this forgivable for the most part as Samantha serves as the glue that holds the three together.

I really only have one big complaint about this book.  Much of the first part of the second section is a series of emails between the characters.  However, the style of these sections came across very unemail-ish.  Instead, they were just as narrative as the other parts of the book and, frankly, I didn't buy that they were emails.  Luckily, this is really only in one part of that section and once Greenberg gets past that, the writing improves.

All You Could Ask For is an entertaining, but thought-provoking, read that I would recommend to anyone looking for something somewhere between a beach read and high-falutin' literature.


Want a second opinion?  Check out some of the other stops on the tour!


Tuesday, April 2nd: M. Denise C.Wednesday, April 3rd: Veronica M.D.
Thursday, April 4th: The Book Chick
Tuesday, April 9th: Kritters Ramblings
Wednesday, April 10th: Sweet Tidbits
Thursday, April 11th: Book Journey
Monday, April 15th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Tuesday, April 16th: Drey’s Library
Wednesday, April 17th: Book Club Classics!
Thursday, April 18th: BookNAround
Monday, April 22nd: Caribousmom

This review is part of a blog tour by TLC Book Tours.  I received a copy of the book to read and review.  I received no other compensation and all opinions are mine, and mine alone.


All You Could Ask for
by Mike Greenberg

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4 comments:

  1. I've been very curious about this book. I love watching Mike Greenberg on his sports show and I've been wondering if he could pull off a novel. It sounds like he can! :D Great review!! I'll be looking for this

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  2. That's really cool that a man was able to capture the personality of women. This sounds like a book I should look into reading. :-)

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  3. I'm glad that the email thing didn't turn you off from the rest of the book - it sounds like it was a great read!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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  4. This book sounds very interesting! As a breast cancer survivor, I wonder how realistic I would find it. Very intriguing premise!

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