Everything You Ever Wanted Book Review + Giveaway

A couple of months ago, I did a post about some of my favorite books, and I got some great feedback about it, so I decided to do another book review.

Everything You Ever Wanted by Jillian Lauren is a fascinating story about the struggles they experienced around adopting their son from Ethiopia.

I just finished Everything You Ever Wanted by Jillian Lauren, and I completely loved it. {Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.} I don’t usually read nonfiction books, but I could not put this one down.

Everything You Ever Wanted is the story of Jillian’s struggle to get pregnant with her husband, Weezer bass player Scott Shriner. When their attempts at in vitro fail, they decide to adopt a baby from Ethiopia. 

After reading this, I pretty much think we should be BFFs. 

Everything You Ever Wanted by Jillian Lauren is a fascinating story about the struggles they experienced around adopting their son from Ethiopia.

She’s crazy gorgeous, and has an absolutely fascinating past. Her first book, the bestselling memoir Some Girls: My Life in a Harem tells the story of how a nice suburban Jersey girl came to be an international concubine in the harem of the Prince of Brunei. {p.s. This is now the next book I will be reading.}

Plus, her honesty in this book is amazing. She talks with complete candor about how, even though she wanted more than anything to become a mother, motherhood isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. {Something that I think all of us moms can agree with!} Her son, Tariku, is precocious and adorable, but has some severe behavioral changes that pose increasingly mounting challenges for Jillian and Scott.

She talks openly about loving her son more than she thought possible, but at the same time, she would dread seeing him start to wake up from a nap on the baby monitor, and getting so angry that she hit him across the face after he bit her hard enough to draw blood. These are things that I think most mothers have felt at one point but are too scared or ashamed to talk about. 

Everything You Ever Wanted by Jillian Lauren is a fascinating story about the struggles they experienced around adopting their son from Ethiopia.

Jillian’s writing style is captivating, and the book is both hilarious and heartbreaking. I truly cannot recommend it enough, especially to anyone who has kids — either their own biological children or through adoption

In fact, I loved it so much, I’m going to give away a copy to one of you lovely peeps! To enter, just leave a comment below telling me your favorite book that you’ve read recently. I will choose one commenter at random to win a copy of the book! {Giveaway will close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 15.}

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    May 6, 2015 at 9:56 am

    I just finished Zoo…before I even knew it was a movie. Loved the book.

  • Alisha Webster
    May 7, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Wow. I am adding this to my list. I’m a book reviewer and have 14ish books a month until next year but I’m hooked in. I love memoirs like this.
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  • Kelly Kennneally
    May 7, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Can I list multiple recent reads I love?!!! The Girl on the Train (did NOT put in down…if you Like Gone Girl). Big Little Lies (devoured that also….good fiction read about Mom craziness and a murder thrown in). Park and Eleanor (teen novel I LOVED…it made me cry. First loves, bullying, poverty, sexual abuse). The One and Only Ivan (Children’s novel — we fell in love with Ivan the Gorilla. Such a touching story.) Ok….I’ll stop….

  • Jay
    May 9, 2015 at 7:19 am

    I know I am behind the times, but I just finished “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”. Astounding!
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  • Star Traci
    May 9, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Wow! I want to read that book. I’m reading Girl on the Train right now which is really good.
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