The Whole Golden World - Kristina Riggle

Title: The Whole Golden World
Author: Kristina Riggle
Pages: 448
Published: 2013
Challenges: I Love Libraries
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
Edition: Paperback
Source: Library

Description: To the outside Dinah and Joe have a perfect family-three lovely children, a beautiful home, and a café that's finally taking off. But their world is rocked when it's discovered that their oldest daughter, 17-year-old Morgan is having an affair with her married teacher, TJ Hill.

Their town rocks with the scandal. When the case goes to trial, the family is torn further apart when Morgan sides not with her parents-as a manipulated teenage girl; but with TJ himself-as a woman who loves a 30-year-old man. (via

Thoughts:  While for the most part, I liked book, there were times that I didn't and felt that three narrators, Morgan, Dinah, and Rain, were from time to time fairly self-centered and it seemed that their only concern was for their own reputation and well-being, no matter what the costs were to those around them, mainly the male characters in their lives.  This seemed to be especially to be true of Dinah, who seemed to not realize that her lack of involvement in her children's lives made them act out in ways that, at least to her, contrary to the way that she perceived them to be; she thought of them to be angels and as though they were innocent of any sort of wrong doing, no matter what happened.

It also felt like that this sort of book would be perfect to show as a movie on Lifetime.

Bottom line: If you are a fan of Jodi Picoult, I would probably recommend this book, but if you're not, I would probably skip it and read something else.  Recommended.

Rating: 3/5

Pages for 2014: 5890


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