All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything On the day Paul Miller s pharmaceutical company goes public he informs his wife Janice that their marriage is over and that the new fortune is his alone Meanwhile in Los Angeles the Miller s olde

  • Title: All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
  • Author: Janelle Brown
  • ISBN: 9780385524025
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Paperback
  • On the day Paul Miller s pharmaceutical company goes public, he informs his wife, Janice, that their marriage is over and that the new fortune is his alone Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, the Miller s older daughter, Margaret, has been dumped by her hot actor boyfriend and is failing at her job, kind of spectacularly Sliding toward bankruptcy, Margaret bails and heads for homOn the day Paul Miller s pharmaceutical company goes public, he informs his wife, Janice, that their marriage is over and that the new fortune is his alone Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, the Miller s older daughter, Margaret, has been dumped by her hot actor boyfriend and is failing at her job, kind of spectacularly Sliding toward bankruptcy, Margaret bails and heads for home, where her confused and lonesome teenage sister, Lizzie, is struggling with problems of her own She s become the school slut.From behind the walls of their Georgian colonial bunker, the Miller women wage battle with divorce lawyers, debt collectors, drug dealing pool boys, evangelical neighbors, and country club ladies and in the process all illusions and artifice fall away, forcing them to reckon with something far scarier and consequential their true selves.

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    1. Janelle Brown

      Welcome to my home on.A little about me I m the author of the novels WATCH ME DISAPPEAR, ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING, and THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE My books have been New York Times bestsellers and published in a dozen countries around the world My books tend to be page turners with dysfunctional family relationships at their hearts while my first two books were satirical, my latest is a suspense I m also very much a California writer, and my books are set across the state I m always happy to answer questions here, but you can also find me on Facebook and Twitter and if you visit janellebrown you can also sign up for my newsletter.I ve known I wanted to be a novelist ever since I was in first grade, when my teacher looked at the whimsical little books I liked to make and the pile of books I checked out of the school library every week and said that I could be an author when I grew up I took her suggestion to heart.It took me several decades to get to novel writing, though I first started off as an essayist and journalist, writing for Wired and Salon in San Francisco, during the dotcom boom years In the 1990 s, I was also the editor and co founder of Maxi, an irreverent and now, long gone women s pop culture magazine My writing has also appeared in Vogue, The New York Times, Elle, Wired, Self, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications I ve spent the last decade working on my novels, writing the occasional essay, and living in Los Angeles with my husband, two children, and a geriatric lab mix named Guster.

    604 thoughts on “All We Ever Wanted Was Everything”

    1. This is a modern day morality tale in chick lit clothing. It draws upon every cliché of Suburban Wealthy Family Gone Wrong: divorce, teen pregnancy, anomie, pathological consumerism, alcoholism, drug addiction, promiscuity, overweightness, underweightness, bankruptcy---set in, no surprises here, California's Siicon Valley. You name the poison, the Miller family has quaffed it. Of course, the biggest, baddest villain is the husband/father, who announces in the first few pages that he is taking t [...]


    2. The women of the Miller family are all falling apart.On the day her husband's company offers its IPO, their stock holdings rocket up in price, making them rich beyond their wildest dreams. Janice is hoping that this culmination of years of hard work will be the spark their marriage needs to get back on track by allowing them to not worry about money. What she doesn't seem coming is the letter from her husband, informing her that he's leaving her and wants a divorce. To make matters worse, he's h [...]


    3. This book is another testament to American wealth, and the relative terms in which it is viewed. In the first chapter, Janice Miller discovers her husband's company's IPO will make them millionaires - $300 million, to be exact. More money than anyone can imagine. Suddenly, with that number in the forefront, their existing life seems poor, their house modest, Janice's Porche Cayenne a middle class car. Then Janice finds out her husband is divorcing her, and the money is suddenly a background to h [...]


    4. Not a single character in this book was likable. Most of them had no redeeming qualities at all. One of the comments on the back says it is supposed to be satirical, but if that's what it is going for it seriously failed. We could call this book "portrait of a seriously overly materialistic, messed up, stereotypical Californian/Silicon Valley McMansion family." It was not enlightening because it was so stereotypical, it was not heart warming because the resolution was understated. It was not sat [...]


    5. Soon to be a movie starring Diane Keaton, Kate Hudson, and someone from the CW.This isn't a compliment.


    6. Brief summaryJanice is overly critical of her daughters and handles her impending divorce with alcohol and drugs. Her oldest daughter, Margaret, has just split with her famous boyfriend of 3 years (who is now dating another movie star), her magazine is going under and she's on the verge of bankruptcy. Lizzy is 14 and sleeping with any boy who shows interest in her because she thinks it will make her feel loved. What I likedThese characters felt very real to me, probably because they are all so f [...]


    7. Loved this -- never wanted it to end. The cover makes it look far less appealing than it actually was -- I probably wouldn't have picked it up if I hadn't read a review of it somewhere else. But it was brilliant: funny and clever and engaging, and the characters were absolutely spot-on.


    8. I was disappointed by this book. I realize it is a satire but the story could stand at least a few comic, lighthearted moments. I found the story line depressing and it didn't let up - - I wanted to at least have a triumphant ending but it didn't happen. This book gave me nothing - not even entertainment. The story was well-written but I found myself just wanting to get through it.


    9. Chose it from the cover art and blurb (yes, I'm a shallow reader) and read it in one session over a cup of coffee at Borders. Verdict: Eh.The characters, despite occasionally threatening to show signs of unique personality or quirks, seem to fall back into well-tread stereotypes of women in crisis: the Stepford starter wife with her mother's little helpers, the washed-up overachiever watching her friends pass her by (to her credit, she at least acknowledges she's a cliche in-text), and perhaps m [...]


    10. It's hard for me to identify with this woman's life - a woman whose husband becomes a multibillionaire, ditches his wife whose oldest daughter is going bankrupt and 15-year old daughter is sleeping around trying to find love. So, the mom starts using meth to cope. She has the willpower at the end to stop on her own, howeverat doesn't sound accurate to me. It didn't influence my soul or uplift me. It was mildly entertaining.


    11. This book reminds us that we never know what is happening in someone else's head. The number of assumptions, miscommunications, and the resulting disasters (large and small) teach us the importance of being open, acknowledging our successes and our failures outright. The book was a bit long, but the ending, when it finally arrived, had a satisfying lack of finality. I listened to this book on Audible during several long drives and found myself going on walks to create space to finish it up upon [...]


    12. I'm honestly amazed by how much I liked this book. Yes, it's blurbed consistently as a great "summer" read and it's got "chick lit" (in a bad way) written all over it, but it REALLY stands out more than you think it will. Maybe it's because I just finished my first year in San Francisco that I was so drawn into this story of a once-wealthy family and their "descent" (seriously, it deserves a word that strong) into the more complicated side of life after their company goes public. It's not about [...]


    13. All We Ever Wanted Was Everything by Janelle Brown presents the interwoven story of one family's meltdown in the face of the American Dream. From the outside Janice Miller seems to have it all - her husband's company just went public making them millionaires, her eldest, Margaret, is an editor of a successful feminist magazine, and her youngest, Lizzie, is experiencing a bump in popularity due to recent weight loss. Alternating voices between the three female protagonists, Brown quickly shatters [...]


    14. A colleague recommended this to me as a light summer read, so I was astounded to see that it was so well-written. I should have read the last page first, because when I read the author's biography I found that she had been a journalist; makes sense.This author used a very simple format of one chapter per character in a rotating manner, and this time it worked. It worked because the characters were so well-developed, interesting and well-developed that you really wanted to see what each was going [...]


    15. This book looks into the lives of three women (mother and daughters from three generations) who come together again when divorce shakes up their family. Each chapter switches to one of the three women's perspectives of the events. The novel starts off fast, diving right into the main storyline. However, after reading about two hundred pages, I realized that nothing had really happened. Here I was, more than halfway done with the book, and there wasn't any movemnet of the story past the first cou [...]


    16. The only delectable thing about this book was the cover. Unfortunately the ice cream was a mirage; instead I ended up slogging through the most tedious, vapid, boring novel I've read in recent memory. Each character is more superficial than the next - a portrait of writing with the absence of true human emotion and/or complexity. Even the title of the book - and the manner in which it is introduced - is as self-important and obnoxious as the characters. And spoiler alert - everyone is happy in t [...]


    17. Janelle's book was a really easy read -- meaning this is the kind of fiction that grabs you early on and you can't wait to come back to it when you have to put it down. Each of the women in the book, from the mother to her 28 year old and 14 year old daughters, is complex, working through difficult issues that are nonetheless easily relatable. I know Janelle's a great writer but I was really impressed with her first novel -- and I look forward to the next one.


    18. Funny that this was billed as a great beach read - I like my escapist reads to be a bit less populated with unlikable characters and relentlessly dire situations, no matter how comic. The three women in the family were well drawn and interesting in a train wreck kind of way, but the father/husband was too ridiculously evil to be taken seriously. But I guess that made his comeuppance more fun.


    19. These are the book's opening words:"June in Santa Rita is perfect, just perfect. The sun sits high in the sky -- which is itself just the right shade of unpolluted powder blue -- and the temperature averages a mild eighty-three. It isn't too hot to play tennis. Silk doesn't stick. The pool at the club is cool enough so that swimming is refreshing, and the summer fog that usually creeps in off the ocean is held at bay, its gray tentacles undulating right off the shore." I chose this book as a dis [...]


    20. Popcorn read - entertaining. Interesting premise but wish I'd gotten more of the mom perspective and wish she'd spent a little less time out of her mind.



    21. I won this book from a giveaway. It took until page 30 for the book to start to get interesting. I almost gave up on it. The main women are prone to bad decisions which makes this book hard to read but at the same time hard to put down.


    22. My supermarket sells used books for a buck (proceeds benefit breast cancer research), and so this is where I picked this book up. If I had been in a bookstore, All We Ever Wanted would have been overlooked. I normally don't do "beach reads" or anything that has a pastel cover. Don't ask me why. But I felt an immediate kinship with the title -- sometimes I have that insatiable desire to have it all -- and let's face it: the ice cream, albeit a melted mess, looks pretty damn good.In short, glad I [...]


    23. This book is about a family whose entire way of life is being pulled apart at the seams during one summer. The dad, Paul Miller, is a CEO of a pharamaceutical company that has just gone public and now he/they are IPO millionaires. The day this happens, his wife Janice awakens alone in bed and is thrilled that now there is no worries about money forever and ever. She makes a mental list of how to procede through the day, ending with a huge celebration. Her day is quickly jolted when her tennis pa [...]


    24. I wanted to like this book more than I did, but I had a hard time completely rooting for the main characters. The self absorption of Janice and Margaret in their own respective worlds made it hard for me to be totally sympathetic to their plights. However; the book touches very authentically on the materialistic demands (and acceptance) our society has engrained in our culture. So perhaps it isn't so far fetched that Janice would be completely blindsighted by her husband's infidelity and betraya [...]


    25. I read this book in one sitting through an overcast Saturday afternoon and evening. The praise on its cover describes "All We Ever Wanted Was Everything" as the perfect summer read, and I would agree. But the 400-page novel is more than light chick lit — there's a real story line that isn't driven by romantic notions and character development that most women would probably find relatable. In a nutshell: Janice, a Silicon Valley housewife, is left by her husband the day his company goes public [...]


    26. All We Ever Wanted Was EverythingUna Fragile Perfezione è la storia di Janice, una donna che ha sacrificato tutta se stessa per il marito e le due figlie. Ha rinunciato ai suoi studi, alle sue aspirazioni, ma ora è in procinto di godersi la sua ricompensa. Ha appena saputo, infatti, che suo marito, dirigente di una compagnia farmaceutica, è diventato miliardario grazie ad un farmaco contro la calvizie. Nel momento in cui dovrebbe festeggiare scopre che il suo matrimonio è una farsa, in quant [...]


    27. Truly one of my all-time favorites. I picked this up expecting a sexy, guilty pleasure beach read and instead got a sexy, guilt-free pleasure beach read that is also a satire on wealth, conspicuous consumption, and losing our blind innocence in all phases of life. I have re-read this book every summer for the past 6 years and it gets better every time. The story focuses on the 3 Miller women, in various stages of age and naiveté. Janice is by far my favorite, from her mental breakdown in Whole [...]


    28. This book gets three stars from me - the middle of the road - because that's exactly what I felt it was, taken as a whole: middle of the road. It was exciting and intriguing at the beginning; toward the middle it became somewhat predictible; by the end I found it to be downright trite. Overall, it was a good story but I thought a lot more could have been done with character development to make it even more interesting.A central theme of the book is one of the main characters' meth addiction, whi [...]


    29. Husband and wife, married for 29 years. Marriage falls apart. Two daughters - one 28, one 14. There was certainly a part of me that wanted to love this book, and perhaps gain some perspective.It really started off wonderfully, or as wonderful as reading about a crumbling relationship can. The story is told from three different perspectives: Janice, the mother; Margaret, her 28 year old daughter; and Lizzie, her youngest daughter. I actually really enjoyed Brown's writing. Fluid, descriptive, vir [...]


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