All You Never Wanted by Adele Griffin

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With my eyes closed and Alex's core friends all around me, it was like I'd become my big sister, or something just as good. And so who cared if they were calling it Alex's party? One thing I knew: it would be remembered as mine.

Alex has it all—brains, beauty, popularity, and a dangerously hot boyfriend. Her little sister Thea wants it all, and she's stepped up her game to get it. Even if it means spinning the truth to win the attention she deserves. Even if it means uncovering a shocking secret her older sister never wanted to share. Even if it means crying wolf.

Told in the alternating voices of Alex and Thea, Adele Griffin's mesmerizing new novel is the story of a sibling rivalry on speed.


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About Adele Griffin

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ADELE GRIFFIN is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, including Sons of Liberty and Where I Want to Be, both National Book Award finalists. She is also the author of Picture the Dead, The Julian Game, and the Witch Twins and Vampire Island middle-grade series. Adele lives with her husband and young daughter in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published October 9, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 242 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A high-end handbag is “plopped like an overfed tabby cat on the seat,” while a financially struggling classmate owns a wallet “as ancient as the Dead Sea Scrolls and always flat as a pita besides.” A sumptuously written examination of sibling rivalry and socioeconomic class.

Aug 15 2012 | Read Full Review of All You Never Wanted

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Money is no object for sisters Alex and Thea Parrott after their divorced mother marries Arthur, “the McDaddy of Sugar Daddies.” However, where they end up isn’t where they want to be.

Sep 17 2012 | Read Full Review of All You Never Wanted

Teen Reads

Alex has always been the beautiful sister, the popular sister, the sister who seems to get everything she wants without even trying.

Nov 08 2012 | Read Full Review of All You Never Wanted

Common Sense Media

ALL YOU NEVER WANTED finds the two newly rich girls driving their fancy cars to school, where Alex is automatically accepted in the popular crowd (about which she doesn't really care) and Thea is left out.

Oct 09 2012 | Read Full Review of All You Never Wanted

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Absolutely because despite all of the issues I noted, this dark, disturbing tale engaged me and was so unique I think it’s worth the read.

Oct 11 2012 | Read Full Review of All You Never Wanted

Jacksonville.com

The National Book Award Finalist alternates chapters between the sisters’ points of view, dealing with issues such as eating disorders, drug usage and sex.

Dec 23 2012 | Read Full Review of All You Never Wanted

Youth Services Book Review

The book features two sisters, Alex and Thea.

Dec 05 2012 | Read Full Review of All You Never Wanted

Florida Times-Union

The National Book Award Finalist alternates chapters between the sisters’ points of view, dealing with issues such as eating disorders, drug usage and sex.

Dec 23 2012 | Read Full Review of All You Never Wanted

Gr 9 Up—Alex and Thea Parrott's new stepdad, Arthur, is filthy rich. They have moved into a magnificent home dubbed Camelot, and can now afford anything they could ever want. Alex is beautiful, popular, and has a promising career in fashion and a seriously hot boyfriend. But a traumatic and humil...

Feb 01 2014 | Read Full Review of All You Never Wanted

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