Sara Shepard, author of Everything We Ever Wanted, on tour October 2011

Posted By on September 1, 2011

About Everything We Ever Wanted

• Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (October 11, 2011)

A recently widowed mother of two, Sylvie Bates-McAllister finds her life upended by a late-night phone call from the headmaster of the prestigious private school founded by her grandfather where her adopted son Scott teaches. Allegations of Scott’s involvement in a hazing scandal cause a ripple effect, throwing the entire family into chaos. For Charles, Sylvie’s biological son, it dredges up a ghost from the past who is suddenly painfully present. For his wife Joanna, it forces her to reevaluate everything she’s hoped for in the golden Bates-McAllisters. And for Scott, it illuminates harsh truths about a world he has never truly felt himself a part of.

But for all the Bates-McAllisters, the call exposes a tangled web of secrets that ties the family together: the mystery of the school hazing, the event that tore Charles and Scott apart the night of their high school awards ceremony, and the intended recipient of a certain bracelet. The quest to unravel the truth takes the family on individual journeys across state lines, into hospitals, through the Pennsylvania woods, and face-to-face with the long-dormant question: what if the life you always planned for and dreamed of isn’t what you want after all?

About Sara Shepard

Sara Shepard graduated from New York University and has an MFA in creative writing from Brooklyn College. The author of the bestselling young adult books Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game, as well as the adult novel The Visibles, She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and dogs.

Visit her website at, and follow her on Twitter, @sarabooks.

Sara’s Tour Stops

Monday, October 10th: A Soul Unsung

Wednesday, October 12th: Life in Review

Thursday, October 13th: Books Like Breathing

Friday, October 14th: A Bookish Way of Life

Wednesday, October 19th: Reviews By Lola

Thursday, October 20th: Jo-Jo Loves to Read!

Monday, October 24th: Book Addiction

Monday, October 24th: A Cozy Reader’s Corner

Tuesday, October 25th: Good Girl Gone Redneck

Wednesday, October 26th: In the Next Room

Wednesday, November 2nd: Colloquium



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