All You Could Ask For: Book summary and reviews of All You Could Ask For by Mike Greenberg

All You Could Ask For

By Mike Greenberg

All You Could Ask For
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2013,
    320 pages.

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A tender and wonderfully insightful story of friendship, love, heartbreak and renewal, played out in the lives of three unforgettable women, from an extraordinary - and unexpected - debut novelist: "The King of Guytalk," ESPN's Mike Greenberg

Three women are about to find their lives intertwined in ways none of them could ever have imagined ...

BROOKE has been happily married to Scott, her college sweetheart, for 15 years. Even after the twins and the C-section, the dog poop and the cat litter, the stomach viruses and the coffee breath, Scott still always manages to wink at her at just the right moments. That is why, for her beloved, romantic, successful husband's fortieth birthday, she is giving him naked pictures. Of his wife.

SAMANTHA's newlyweded bliss is shattered when she finds shocking evidence of infidelity on her husband's computer. She has been married for two days. She won't be for long.

KATHERINE works eighteen hours a day for the man who irreparably damaged her heart when she was 24. She has a duplex on Park Avenue, a driver, a chef, an assistant, and a killer house in Southampton, and she bought it all herself. And if she has to see Phillip every day, so what?

Brooke, Samantha, and Katherine don't know each other, but their stories are about to intertwine in a way none of the three could anticipate. 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.

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"The shared adversity these women face is portrayed realistically and tenderly, although a storybook ending ties up the individual stories a little too neatly." - Booklist

"Greenberg's promising first effort, told partly in the form of message board postings, develops the lead characters well enough for its predictably feel-good conclusion to feel justified." - Publishers Weekly

"Any automatic sympathy conferred by illness will be mitigated, for most readers, by how little we've come to care for these superficial and uber-privileged characters." - Kirkus

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Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Nono
All You Could Ask For
I listen to Mike and Mike in the Morning almost every day. I have also read the first two books that he has authored and co-authored. When I saw this book being offered, I knew I had to request it. When I heard Mr. Greenberg on the radio describing why he decided to write this book, I wanted to read it even more, and I am glad I did. It is a very good story about three women, how they live their lives and how they meet. It shows how women can lead strong lives and help others and themselves when times can get pretty rough.

Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by ElenaMH
Wondering Why?
Having little information on the subject matter, I have a lot of respect for Mike Greenberg having listened to him on ESPN. My husband has enjoyed him for years as well. My primary reason to read this book was simply to generate a common interest in something with my husband, I.e. my love of books and his love of Mike & Mike.

As soon as I received the book in the mail I was intrigued. As I researched the book my intrigue turned to fascination. I have now completed the book and I find it was a good story that kept my interest. I'm still fascinated wondering how Mike Greenberg chose this subject matter...'chicklit' in its finest form.

Ok, I generally run from the genre like the plague. I find the books typically make high drama out of frivolous topics. I typically complete a chicklit book having learned nothing and grown little and wonder how ill ever get that time back. So my expectations dropped significantly. To my surprise, with Greenberg's book, I did walk away with something. The stories were entertaining and the characters were believable. The overall flow of narration was smooth.

I cannot say that Greenberg has a mastery for the written word, nor does he require the reader to work at all (I.e. think new thoughts, consider a world of new experiences, reach emotions not typically exposed, etc). I like when a book pushes me like that and think Greenberg's book would have been better if he had succeeded at it. However, the book was entertaining and I did walk away appreciating the value of a best friend and realizing the importance of figuring out what your life is meant to be for you.

Bottom line, I would say it fits squarely in the chicklit genre which isn't my favorite, but he scores points for telling very entertaining stories and reminding us of what is important.

Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Margaret M. (Venice,, FL)
All you Could ask for
I loved this book.. It carries a thoughtful message using interesting literary style and plot..it appealed to me as I too have struggled with their common issue. All thee women are described with humor, insightfulness and credibility!

He treats a scary female illness with humor and dignity. It remarkable that a man can describe female characters with such clarity and skill.

Rated 3 of 5 of 5 by Kay D. (Strongsville, Ohio)
Conflicted on this Book
I finished this book quickly, put off writing the review because I ended up feeling conflicted about it.

The book started off well in Part 1 and I did like the chapter by chapter switch between the main characters that set the stage for each of their lives. Each woman was very different from the others, so I was anxious to learn what would bring them together.

Part 2 was kind of a let down, as once it started, I felt myself saying "so this is where this book is going." Without giving away the story line, I was disappointed by the author's choice of the "shared issue." It seemed too contrived.

I felt there was not enough depth to the 3 main characters from that point onward and their responses to their shared issue were a bit predictable. I also had a hard time believing it all happened in what seems to be about a 6 month time frame. And the "instant friendship" between 2 of the women was just a little hard for me to believe.

The book ties up all the loose ends and although not a happily ever after tale, given the topic, the book wrapped up too smoothly for my tastes.

Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Rita Q. (Pittsfield, MA)
All you could ask for
Excellent book...easy read. amazing that a male author could write with deep understanding of woman's feelings, esp. going thru the diagnosis of cancer. Great depiction of how strong and valuable female relationships are in life/death.
Highly recommend this for a book club.

Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Beverly J. (Huntersville, NC)
Living Your Life Like It Is Golden
Mike Greenberg has penned an alluring tale of three women unconnected until they a similar event happens to all three in the same time period. Part One has a breezy yet self-assured feel as we learn about the characters individually each voice leading up to the moment that is the best day of their entire lives. At this point my anticipation is high on what crises will connect the women. I turn the page to start Part Two and my heart sinks as crisis is immediately apparent. But I will credit the author with writing a credible situation in an honest realistic manner that had me totally engaged and rooting for each of the women as they make the best decisions for themselves. I enjoyed this beautifully crafted story that speaks to happiness, friendship, and living your life to the fullest.

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Mike Greenberg is the co-host of ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning, the highest-rated sports talk program in the United States, and is the author of the New York Times bestseller Why My Wife Thinks I'm an Idiot: The Life and Times of a Sportscaster Dad. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a native of New York City. He currently lives outside New York with his wife and two children. Visit him at espn.go.com, or follow him on Twitter: @espngreeny

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